ESPN To Highlight Pregame Anthem Protests, Singing of 'Black National Anthem'

ESPN To Highlight Pregame Anthem Protests, Singing of 'Black National Anthem'


ESPN plans to highlight player protests during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” social justice activism and the playing of a separate “national anthem” for black Americans in the return of “Monday Night Football” this season, according to a report.

Stephanie Druley, the executive vice president of event and studio production at ESPN, told reporters in a media call that the network “plans to cover any players protesting during the U.S. national anthem, as well as the performance of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ known as the Black national anthem,” Front Office Sports reported Wednesday.

ESPN is planning live TV coverage of any social justice protests by NFL players during its Week 1 “Monday Night Football” doubleheader.

ESPN also plans to televise the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as Black national anthem, Monday night. https://t.co/SjobZUY8qH

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The changes to the “MNF” format will take effect during ESPN’s doubleheader Monday, which features

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