The NFL’s perception problem just got a whole lot worse thanks to the asinine antics of the Green Bay Packers and their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
There are few things in America more sacred than the singing of the National Anthem during sporting events. And while it may seem like a somewhat silly spectacle to take so seriously, we must remember that our anthem is tied intrinsically to the American flag due to its origins as a Francis Scott Key poem about the battle of Fort McHenry. The anthem is no simple homage to the nation we love so dearly as much as it is a hymnal for those who have sacrificed it all in order to maintain our country’s status as a shining example to the world.
That’s why when Colin Kaepernick decided to inappropriately protest the American police force by kneeling during the National Anthem during the late stages of his career in 2016, Americans were furious. Worse yet, Kaepernick’s protest spread throughout the league, as a number of players came to understand that this was a surefire way for them to find their name in the headlines.
Fast forward to the first few weeks of the 2017 NFL season, in which Donald Trump took these ungrateful brats to task, stating that, if he were an NFL owner, he would terminate the contract of any player caught disrespecting the flag and the anthem. This set the liberal world on fire.
Now, instead of protesting the police, the NFL has allowed these disgraceful actions to represent a disdain for the President himself, and as such, the protests have spread to nearly a quarter of all players.
In an effort to garner attention for themselves, the Green Bay Packers have begun to drink the Kool Aid of this anti-Trump rhetoric by asking their fans to join them in disrespecting America. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how their request was received.
“The Packers players, led by their quarterback Aaron Rodgers, issued a call to their fans to join them in interlocking arms during the national anthem. However, some fans have not taken kindly to the request. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packers Director of Public Affairs, Aaron Popkey, says fan reaction has been intense.
“’We’ve had a steady stream of feedback beginning Monday morning and it continued into Wednesday. We’ve heard on both sides of the matter. We take note of their concerns.’
“The fact that Popkey alludes to the ‘concerns’ of the fans, would certainly lead one to believe that the “steady stream” of fan feedback has definitely tacked more negative, than positive.
“Laura Hapke, [a] Wisconsin native whose mother is a shareholder of the team, was shocked that the Packers would participate in the protests. Hapke herself is on the waiting list to become a shareholder, though, the team’s protests have given her some pause. Hapke said, ‘If they come out and say they are more into politics than patriotism, I’ll have to rethink it. It will break my heart, but I’ll have to rethink it.’”
Professional sports have long been seen as an escape mechanism for Americans, who turn to the contests to distract them from the coming workweek, societal issues, and, of course, politics.
Now that there is no hiding from the political chicanery of the radical left, even in football, many Americans are simply tuning out of NFL broadcasts. The league as a whole saw a nearly 11% decrease in ratings over the past weekend thanks entirely to the need of these overpaid man-children to make a stink about the President.