ESPN Won’t Show National Anthem Before Monday Night Football Games

ESPN said on Friday of which the idea could not show the national anthem before the “Monday Night Football” games the idea broadcasts This kind of season, even as the debate over player protests continues.

Though the N.F.L. has been criticized by President Trump, sponsors as well as also also fans for not penalizing players who kneel during the anthem, Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN’s president, told reporters the league did not pressure the network. Pitaro said the N.F.L. was informed of the decision as a courtesy.

This kind of was consistent with how ESPN handled similar situations in prior years, he said.

The anthem has become a flashpoint from the two seasons since the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to shine a light on police brutality as well as also also additional forms of social injustice. The issue triggered a national debate, with some fans as well as also also the president accusing the players of being unpatriotic.

Stung by the criticism, the league in May changed its policy, generating the idea mandatory for players to stand for the anthem or remain from the locker room, or face potential penalties by their teams. Previously, the idea was only suggested of which players stand for the anthem.