By Shawn Rice
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy putting something on the field at Lambeau Stadium that “pissed off” his “racist” players is fake news. There is no truth to a misleading clickbait headline that suggested McCarthy placed something on his field to anger his “racist” players. This fake news comes at a time when players are once again kneeling during the National Anthem in protest for violence against the African-American community by police across the country.
Where did this fake news originate? FreedomDaily.com posted the story with the clickbait headline “Packers Coach Just Pissed Off Every Racist Player With What He Put On Field To Stop Protests.”
However, this headline’s purpose was to stir emotions over the fact that several NFL football players have been kneeling during the playing of the national anthem as an act of protest against racism.
The practice of kneeling during the National Anthem at NFL events originated with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled to protest police shootings of African-Americans. Most recently, Cleveland Browns players further the symbolic gesture by doing it in response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left a woman dead and 19 injured.
With regards to the story from FreedomDaily.com, the headline is misleading because McCarthy did not put anything on the field. Rather, the Green Bay Packers coach is having his players watch an educational presentation about the historical significance of playing the anthem before games. FreedomDaily.com quotes the Wisconsin State Journal, which reported:
“McCarthy said he addresses the anthem and his expectation of proper decorum during it with the players via a preseason presentation.
‘It’s something that I’ve done each and every year here since I’ve been the head coach,” McCarthy said. “We have a PowerPoint presentation that you update (each year), and you always try to deliver the message clearly to the team.
“Our approach has always been to give the history and the understanding of what the national anthem means, and why it’s played before any National Football League game, particularly how (the tradition) started after World War II. I go through the whole history and the importance of what it means to you personally.’”
In research from Snopes, it was determined that the quote was taken from a press conference, where McCarthy and Packers general Manager Thompson were asked about the National Anthem issue. Thompson responded by saying that it is a “free country” and the players are allowed to protest how they wish to do so. McCarthy also said that he has given the presentation “each and every year” since he became head coach which means that he has been practicing it since 2006, before the controversy began over players kneeling during the National Anthem at NFL games.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
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