Megyn Kelly Rips Black National Anthem at NFL Games, Football Fans Sound Off

by Samantha Whidden

Following Megyn Kelly’s recent rant about the NFL playing the Black National Anthem at the beginning of the Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Thursday (September 9th), football fans are sounding off about the decision and Kelly’s comments. 

As previously reported, Megyn Kelly opened up on the “Real Talk” segment of her recently debuted SiriusXM podcast about the Black national anthem being involved in sports. “I don’t think people want politics in their sports,” the former Fox News talk show host declared. She also believes that’s why the NBA has taken “such a hit” and learned from its prior experience. “The NFL doesn’t seem to be learning quite as quickly.”

NFL recently shared it would be playing the Black National Anthem as a way to lift every voice and sing. The Anthem will play prior to each game during the 2021-22 season. The organization is also investing $250 million in social justice initiatives. 

Megyn Kelly continued her rant by stating she doesn’t think that the average American wants to hear the Black National Anthem. Especially before they hear the national anthem. “It’s no offense against people of color, we’re one country. We don’t need separate anthems.”

Megyn Kelly goes on to add that there is a time and place for social injustice messages. That includes the Black National Anthem. Sports, to her, isn’t the place. “[Sports is] a chance to come together. Celebrate America… and then play a sports game.”

Football Fans Sound Off on Megyn Kelly’s Comments

After Megyn Kelly’s comments made headlines, NFL fans took to social media to sound off about her views on the Black National Anthem. One Twitter user wrote, “Megyn Kelly said:  ‘Average Americans don’t want the Black National Anthem.’ According to the last census, people of color are the average Americans…”

Another Twitter user criticized Megyn Kelly’s comments by tweeting, “It’s only *divisive* when it has anything to do with Black folks, right @megynkelly? ‘And not to shove politics or divisive cultural issues down the throats of the viewers who are looking for a getaway.’”

“So people you say, Don’t want to hear the Black National Anthem but Want to hear the National Anthem?” one Twitter asks Kelly. “And you find that Right in your Eyes?  I know you going to say you’re not Racist, but Ma’am you been that way all your life!”

Not everyone has against what Kelly stated in her podcast. One Twitter user shared, “I love the Black National Anthem. I love NFL football. There’s absolutely no need to mix the two.”

Another user also agreed with Megyn Kelly and respected her views. They then added, “Fair. But what’s the Black National Anthem? It creates division and doesn’t bring people together. #NationalAnthem