It’s been quite some time since players kneeling during the national anthem prior to a NFL game has made headlines, but as Super Bowl 52 draws closer, there has been controversy surrounding an ad that reads Please Stand.
McCarthy explained the NFL tried working with the organization to consider different wording options, but couldn’t reach an agreement as production of the programs was delayed.
We looked to work with the organization and asked it to consider other options such as ‘Please Honor our Veterans,’ McCarthy said. They chose not to and we asked it to consider using ‘Please Stand for Our Veterans.’ Production was delayed as we awaited an answer.
The protests began during the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The protests carried into the 2017 season with more players following Kaepernick’s lead, fueling a firestorm among some fans.
Right there enjoying it all was former NBA star and current broadcaster Charles Barkley, a longtime Eagles fan. NBC 10 Philadelphia reporter Aaron Baskerville caught up with Barkley amid the pandemonium after the game. After praising the Eagles for a couple of minutes, Barkley and the reporter decided to call it a wrap, with Barkley joking, I’m tired of you now, I want to go finish getting drunk.
You can’t blame Barkley for being excited about the Eagles’ big win. A longtime star with the 76ers, Barkley admitted that Philly has always been an Eagles city.