Bruce Arena, the current coach of the New England Revolution and the former U.S. men’s national soccer team coach, said Thursday playing the national anthem before professional sporting events should be nixed altogether.
Any fan who has been to a pro sporting event, or even some high school sports events, know that “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a staple. But Arena told ESPN he had a hard time trying to understand the relevance of playing the national anthem before games nowadays.
“I think it puts people in awkward positions,” Arena said. “We don’t use national anthem in movie theaters or on Broadway, or for other events in the United States. I don’t think it is appropriate to have a national anthem before a baseball game or an MLS game. But having said that I want it understood that I am very patriotic, but I think it is inappropriate.”