Race, Justice, and the NFL

Race, Justice, and the NFL

Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith professor of criminology and associate dean of graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include criminal careers, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods. He has received several research, teaching, and service awards and is fellow of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2014, he received The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Issues related to race have long been of interest to social scientists. One such issue that has received near daily attention throughout the Fall of 2017 concerns the protests undertaken by National Football League (NFL) players regarding the national anthem. Although there has been some descriptive work on citizen views about anthem protests, there has been no empirical work examining the correlates of different types of anthem protests and subsequent reactions by the NFL and team owners to those protests. This presentation reports on findings regarding race-based perceptions of anthem protests as well as potential punishment for such protests.