When the American people get a wild hair in their rear-end, you best believe that we will see that whim out to the bitter end. Just ask the NFL this week.
Over the course of the last two seasons, the National Football League has done an excellent job of offending the nation as a whole. Not only is the disappearing middle class finally doing the math on how much of our personal wealth these teams would like us to spend on them in clothing, tickets, television rights, and hotdogs, but, beyond that, the athletes themselves are living by some bizarre double standard in which they can murder dogs, beat women, and drive drunk with little to no recourse.
It’s frankly demeaning to the Americans who spend 60 hours a week busting their butts to afford a few chicken wings while they watch you play on Sunday.
So when these overpaid brats started kneeling during the National Anthem as a way to protest the bland and vague concept of “racial injustice”, the rest of America tuned out in droves. We The People saw the stunt for what it was: An attempt to offend patriotic Americans, in turn bringing more attention to these second string players who otherwise wouldn’t be mentioned on the newly liberal ESPN network.
Now, after the NFL saw the writing on the wall for the 2018 season, they’ve finally sprung into action.
NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.
“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”
All 32 owners approved the policy, which will be part of the NFL’s game operations manual and thus not subject to collective bargaining. The NFL Players Association said in a statement that it will review the policy and “challenge any aspect” that is inconsistent with the CBA.
The NFL’s social justice junket was the talk of the league last year, as a massive boycott rocked the league’s profits from the very onset of the season.