NFL plans moment of silence for Paris victims
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday’s games to honor the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The terror attacks on Friday were the deadliest to hit Paris since World War II. French officials said the multiple attacks left 129 people dead and more than 350 injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, and French President Francois Hollande called the attacks “an act of war.”
The moment of silence will be held before the National Anthem at each game, pushing kickoff times back.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network that the French flag will be shown plenty of times in Sunday’s broadcasts. In some stadiums, the French flag will be involved in national color guard during the anthem.
On Saturday night, the New Orleans Saints lit up the Super Dome in red, white and blue in remembrance of the Paris victims.
The NFL plans to have “an increased security and law enforcement presence” at stadiums for Sunday’s games.
“Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums,” the league said as part of a statement released Saturday.