The news is out: [United States congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Friday that would force U.S. Soccer players to stand during the playing of the national anthem.
Gaetz, who represents Florida, floated the legislation after the United States Soccer Federation earlier this week repealed its 2017 requirement that players stand for the song. That rule went into effect after U.S. women’s star Megan Rapinoe took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a pair of USWNT matches in 2016 in solidarity with then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful, constitutionally-protected protest of police brutality and systemic racism toward the African American community.
Those longstanding issues have roared into the mainstream consciousness like never before since the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while in police custody in Minnesota. Graphic video of that incident has sparked outrage not just in the the U.S., but across the world.]
Like frivolous lawsuits, we need to stop frivolous legislations. Obviously Matt Gaetz is drinking again.