The NFL Isn't the only league in which players may be kneeling during the national anthem as a peaceful protest.
Major League Soccer released a statement on Tuesday saying that the league would continue to support its players' choices, something that they have stood by for years.
“While fostering an environment of diversity, equality and inclusion, Major League Soccer stands by the ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest that are the hallmarks of the United States and Canada. If players or staff decide to stand, kneel or otherwise exercise their right to peaceful protest during the playing of the National Anthems before league games, we support them," the league said in a statement.
And in the broader soccer world, there may be movement on US Soccer's stance on the issue. According to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle, the United States Soccer Federation board is considering repealing its current policy that all players stand for the national anthem.
The news comes as the United States women's national team released a statement on Monday requesting the "Anthem Policy" implemented by U.S. Soccer be repealed.
"The Federation should immediately repeal the 'Anthem Policy,' publish a statement acknowledging the policy was wrong when it was adopted, and issue an apology to our Black players and supporters. Further, we believe the Federation should lay out its plans on how it will now support the message and movement it tried to silence four years ago," the statement read.
The movement that the USWNT believed was "silenced" years back refers to the "Anthem Policy" that was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled during a 2016 match in support of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As civil unrest and protests continue to take place across the country following the murder of George Floyd, the debate as to what players should do during the national anthem has been in the spotlight once again.
Notably, the NFL has made waves after commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Friday encouraging players to speak out in response to a video posted by some of the league's biggest stars.
The team wants the policy repealed not only because it restricts a form of peaceful protests, but because they believe that until that happens, the message of the act will be twisted and not perceived how it should be.
"Until USSF does so, the mere existence of the policy will continue to perpetuate the misconceptions and fear that clouded the true meaning of and significance of Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and other athletes taking a knee -- that black people in America have not been and continue to not be afforded the same liberties and freedoms as white people and that police brutality and systemic racism exist in this country."