The NFL tried to pay their way out of the ongoing player protests but the kneeling remains.
In an attempt to quell the on field demonstrations the league proposed a $89 million donation—the monetary contribution would span over a seven-year period to two African-American focused organizations as well as the Player’s Coalition.
It seems the gesture was not accepted as players continue to show objection to the state of current affairs in the nation with various forms of protest during the singing of the national anthem.
Both Russel Okung (L.A. Chargers) and Robert Quinn (L.A. Rams) raised their fists and Marshawn Lynch stayed seated during their respective pregame ceremonies. Additionally, several players from the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49er’s also took a knee.
Since the ongoing protests, the NFL has suffered from fan anger, sponsor issues and a very sharp decline in viewership. In September it was reported football executives tried to book Jay Z as the Superbowl halftime performer but he declined.