ESPN Reverses Course After Vegas Massacre, Will Air National Anthem At ‘MNF’

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

ESPN has changed its mind after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas and will now air the national anthem prior to its “Monday Night Football” broadcast.

The decision comes after a gunman opened fire on concert goers Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. There are at least 58 confirmed casualties, and hundreds of others were injured, according to the Washington Post. (RELATED: Celebrities Attack Trump After Vegas Massacre, Demand Gun Restrictions) 

People wait in a medical staging area on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

People wait in a medical staging area on October 2, 2017, after a mass shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

In addition to broadcasting the singing of the national anthem Monday night ahead of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins, a moment of silence will take place at Arrowhead Stadium for the victims of the tragedy.

Last week, 180 NFL players refused to stand for the national anthem in response to President Donald Trump suggesting owners fire players who performed such acts.

ESPN opted not to air the anthem during the “MNF” games on September 18th, but did show it last week when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined with his players and kneeled before the anthem ahead of the game against the Arizona Cardinals.

There is no word at this point whether the network plans to broadcast the anthem next week.

WATCH THE STEELERS STAY IN THE LOCKER ROOM FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM:

WATCH TRUMP EXPRESS CONDOLENCES FOR VICTIMS OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTING:

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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