Lothian: Take NFL Anthem Protests to Another Conversation; Want to Enjoy My Football Game

    Former White House correspondent Dan Lothian weighs in on the NFL's new anthem policy on the latest episode of Behind the Media.

    FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    NFL owners made waves last week when they voted for a new rule concerning the national anthem, requiring all players to stand if they are to be on the field during the play of the anthem.

    The rule also allows players to stay in the locker room during the anthem, so the league figured it had every base covered. However, the rule change only sparked more discussion of the topic that had faded to the background in recent month, and now even more voices are weighing in.

    Former CNN White House correspondent during the Obama Administration, Dan Lothian, has a take as well: Just let me enjoy the football game.

     “I had no problem at all when this all started and you had a couple of Sundays of this wave of anger and it all got focused at the beginning of a football game,” Lothian said on the latest episode of Behind the Media. “But once the point was made I think you needed to move that away from my football game I was trying to enjoy to another platform to continue the conversation.”

    Lothian points out that the merits of the player protests are just fine, but it’s the platform that could be better.

    “We’ve had this conversation before, is football the place to be protesting in this manner?,” Lothian said. “When I turn on my TV to watch a football game…I want to enjoy a game. These guys have social media, they’re able to send their message out whenever they want to, however they want to.”

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