NFL to play Black anthem prior to games this season

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL says it will play, not one, but two anthems at all opening games of the season. The league says it will present “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” — referred to many as the Black national anthem — before the “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games played during the first week. It isn’t the only effort the NFL is making to show it’s aware of systemic racism and police brutality. A source tells The Associated Press the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches. After nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denounced racism in a video. The clip came after a players’ video calling for the league to take action.