The NFL's new national anthem policy has created even more room for debate, especially on social media.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long released the following statement in regard to the creation of the new rule.
The statement written personally by Long has caught the ire of one media personality, and that's Fox News' Britt McHenry. The former ESPN reporter took exception to Long's comments, and took to Twitter to disagree with the Eagles player, claiming he's only looking for publicity.
Question. How much do you love the publicity of being a champion vs social issues vs you know the actual business and what people want? Not hating either way, but you and your brother pander so much. It’s comical. https://t.co/ExRsHHT3oJ— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) May 24, 2018
McHenry did not end there, as she ripped Long for donating to various charities in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Boston. Most notably, she criticized Long for donating his entire 2017 salary with the Eagles.
Someone ten years into their career has already made MILLIONS. You know what gets them PUBLICITY? Giving up one season of “Salary.” Quickest way to a TV booth when you retire. Sorry I’m not sorry.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) May 24, 2018
Donating to charity in order to find "the quickest way to a TV booth?" That's what McHenry believes in her mind, ignoring the fact that she angry-spoke her way onto a media platform, too.
If I made $39 million on ONE contract NFL deal and also came from a rich family, please, PLEASE think critically about why I’d donate a season of salary. Hello tax write off. All the pub for 1 mil vs 39 mil guaranteed. Libs & Long brothers play you.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) May 24, 2018
And there's the "tax write off" card being thrown out on the Twittersphere by McHenry.
This is how much I care about what people think. The followers, BIG TIME athletes and coaches who privately message and say “thanks for saying what we all think,” is worth more than fake accolades. Goodnight.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) May 24, 2018
There you have it. McHenry doesn't care what others think about her opinion, but boasts about the private messages of support she has received.
As expected, the new National Anthem policy is a touchy topic, especially on social media. The debate will surely show no signs of slowing down heading into the 2018 season. The fire's already been lit.