ESPN Reveals If It Will Show The Anthem During ‘Monday Night Football.’ Prepare For Fans To Get Very Upset

David Hookstead | Reporter

ESPN will not show the national anthem during “Monday Night Football.”

Axios reporter Sara Fischer released the following statement from ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro Friday:

We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem … again, that could change. It’s unpredictable what could happen in the world, but as of now, we’re not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are.”

Something tells me that fans won’t like this at all. Many will see at as ESPN running from the issue, and I don’t blame them.

I get it from ESPN’s perspective. The national anthem protests in the NFL have become a massive headache and a distraction for absolutely everybody. Nobody wants to tune in to see millionaire athletes disrespect the flag and the anthem. Far too many men and women have sacrificed for us to tolerate that garbage. So, I get why ESPN wouldn’t want to cause more problems, but this is a weak thing to do. (RELATED: NFL TO REQUIRE PLAYERS TO STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM OR STAY IN LOCKER ROOM)

The anthem and everything swirling around it is newsworthy. They should be showing it for that reason alone. Plus, we should see what players are willing to disrespect the anthem on national television. Better that we get there faces out there than to cover it up, and pretend like nothing is happening.

Of course, are we surprised ESPN has dropped the ball? Absolutely not. The network has become a complete joke, and it just keeps getting worse by the day. The sad part is that they know people will tune in no matter because they want football. As sad as that is, I’m firmly in that group, but that doesn’t mean we have to like ESPN.

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