Why The NPR Interview With Jason Kessler Isn’t As Upsetting As The Actual Words
Ezinne Ukoha

Help me with this “black athletes who reject the lie of the national anthem”

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
 What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
 Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
 O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
 And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
 Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
 O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
 O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Those are the lyrics of the chorus of the Star Spangled Banner, the only one sung at football games.

Have any of the players who protested actually verbalized the sentiment you state in your story “black athletes who reject the lie of the national anthem”

I admit that the last line is a bit aspirational but is seems a stretch to call it a lie and did an actual football player call it a lie?