The National Football League, in its ever-expanding quest for wealth, has done absolutely nothing to deter its athletes from participating in egregious displays of anti-police behavior.
This horrendous trend began during the 2016 football season as backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick disgraced his team, and the league at large, by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Instead of simply finding a quiet place to make his pedantic protest alone, Kaepernick took a knee, front and center, as the focus of attention, in an attempt to bring himself notoriety as his career waned.
Seeing how successful Kaepernick had become at finding airtime for his ugly actions, many lesser known players throughout the NFL jumped onto the bandwagon. Now, the league is facing an epidemic of these supposed role models displaying their anti-police, anti-American “beliefs” simply in order to find themselves mentioned during an ESPN broadcast that would have normally ignored their on-field mediocrity.
Not content with the coverage gained by simply protesting during the National Anthem, some players are taking their hatred of law enforcement to the game itself.
“Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who is among the ranks of NFL players to sit during the anthem, celebrated a sack Sunday afternoon with a single raised fist.
— All Black Media (@Allblackmedia) September 17, 2017
“Bennett was the first Seattle player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against the 49ers and received one of the loudest ovations.
“Then he took what’s become his usual seat on the bench during the national anthem.
“Protesters supporting Bennett, who says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month, gathered outside the stadium.
“Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett, each with a hand on his shoulder, during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final moments of the anthem.”
The NFL has shown zero interest in punishing these antics over the course of the past two seasons, and national interest in professional football is waning because of it.
Not only have NFL ratings plummeted over the course of the last year, but attendance has dwindled significantly as well. The new LA Rams were unable to break 30,000 tickets sold for their home opener in 2017.
Furthermore, Super Bowl runner ups the Atlanta Falcons only managed to draw a scant few hundred more fans to their brand new $1.6 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium than Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, who played the night before in the same building.