The 12 biggest controversies in the NFL's 100-year history
Eric Reid, left, and Colin Kaepernick, right, began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 in protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
- The NFL has endured many controversies throughout its 100 year history.
- Officiating blunders, such as calls during the 2019 NFC Championship and 2014 NFC playoff game, faced scrutiny by fans and people around the league.
- The New England Patriots have been involved in several league controversies, including Spygate and Deflategate.
- The NFL has also faced political protests, such as the national anthem protests, and domestic violence cases.
The NFL has endured many controversies throughout its 100-year history. From crucial officiating mistakes to team scandals, to domestic violence, the league is no stranger to mitigating criticism.
The league has again opened its season with possible controversy on the brink as New England Patriot Antonio Brown faces a civil lawsuit for three incidents of sexual assault.
Below are 12 of the biggest controversies in NFL history.
The Immaculate Reception
Dez Bryant "non-catch"
Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
New Orleans Saints bounty scandal
Saints-Rams NFC Championship