Podcast: WSGW’s Art Lewis & Pat Johnston On The NFL & The National Anthem. May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Art Lewis invited Pat Johnston on WSGW’s “Art Lewis Show” earlier today to discuss and debate the NFL’s requirement that players must stand for the Star Spangled Banner. Art and Pat also talked with listeners who joined the show to give their opinions. Click on the sound clips to hear the show. Refresh your screen if the sound clips don’t appear.

Part 1: Art & Pat discuss NFL’s decision to bar players from kneeling during Anthem.


Part 2: Art & Pat talk more about the NFL barring players from kneeling during National Anthem. Callers join discussion.


Part 3: Art & Pat talk with more callers on the NFL/Anthem issue.


Part 4: Art & Pat conclude the show talking with a military vet, who supports players right to protest during the Anthem.



During the show, you heard Pat say that players didn’t start coming out for the National Anthem until after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Actually, players didn’t begin appearing for the anthem until 2009. So, this practice has been in effect for just the last eight years. Makes you wonder if the NFL should reconsider going back to its old practice of keeping players in the locker room during the anthem.

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