NBC has decided to broadcast any NFL players protesting against social injustice by taking a knee during this year’s Super Bowl.
“When you are covering a live event, you are covering what’s happening,” NBC executive producer [Fred] Gaudelli said. “If there are players who choose to kneel, they will be shown live.” The announcers will specifically identify the players protesting, explain why they are protesting, and then, according to Gaudelli, “get on with the game.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to protest by kneeling before every game last year. Kaepernick (still a free agent) wanted to bring awareness to social injustice against African-Americans and other minorities in society and unarmed black people being shot and/or killed by police officers.
Current NFL players have continued to protest during the national anthem over the course of this season by kneeling, sitting, or locking arms. The movement became so widespread that it even inspired Donald Trump to go on a series of tirades about how much he hates it.
This a bold move by the network, as the protesting have split the country in half and some fans have stopped watching the NFL because of it. However, I do think the network is doing the right thing because this is still a hot-button topic that demands a lot of attention.
Look out for all this during the February 4 broadcast of Super Bowl LII from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
[via New York Post]