Why is there no national anthem for NFL?
A group of Americans in Boston are upset that the national anthem has been played in the city for nearly two decades.
They say it’s disrespectful to the flag and the anthem is a part of American history.
They want the anthem played at home in all sports arenas, in all venues, and at all times.
The group called For A National Anthem for All, made up of the Patriots, Seahawks, and Bears, issued a statement Wednesday morning calling on NFL owners to consider a national anthem at their games.
“The American flag represents freedom, justice, and democracy,” the group wrote.
“It should be played at all sporting events, including at home.”
A group calling itself the American National Anthem Coalition says the anthem has no place at NFL games.
It says players should respect the anthem, not use it as an excuse to disrespect the flag.
“A national anthem is not a political statement,” the coalition said in a statement.
“This anthem should be a way for our players to say what we believe is important to the country.”
The American National Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization that represents the American flag, said it does not consider it a political protest.
“We don’t consider it an anthem,” said attorney John Azzopardi.
“If we had any sort of political intent behind the song, it would be the same.
If we had a political intent, we would not be singing this song.”
The National Football League declined to comment.
The Boston Celtics said in an emailed statement that “it is the policy of the league not to make decisions based on political, racial, or religious considerations.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.