The solution is simple, stop playing the anthem
Playing a national anthem at athletic events is appropriate for the Olympics, where athletes represent their countries. However, it has absolutely no place at local football or baseball games. Here the athletes’ job is to play ball to the best of their abilities – and they are well paid for it. Their political views are irrelevant.
Only in America (U.S. and Canada) has this quaint custom been established. It’s time to put an end to it!
Joan Lorch Staple