The American people have spoken, not only with their ample voices but also with their wallets. The message is clear…
If you’re not going to stand for the National Anthem, we’re not going to watch you get paid millions of dollars to play a children’s game.
This has been the sentiment around the nation for nearly a year, as the National Football League continues to downplay and ignore the offensive and misguided protests that occur before each and every football game they regulate. Commissioner Roger Goodell himself has waffled on the issue several times, at one point imploring his players to stand, and at other times making blanket statements about the First Amendment that absolve him of any real opinion.
In other words, Goodell has punted his responsibility to keep the league in check. Sure, that has been fairly obvious in recent history, as players such as the dog-killing Michael Vick are able to return to the field, and accused murderers such as Ray Lewis continue to find gainful employment within the sportscasting community. For Goodell, it’s all about keeping his job, no matter the moral or societal consequences of allowing these de facto role models to run amok.
Now, only days after floating the possibility of amending NFL rules to require standing during the National Anthem, Roger Goodell is backtracking to capitulate his bratty man-children.
“The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the US national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution for how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week.
“Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the head of the NFL Players Association, will meet with the owners Oct. 17-18 in New York, where the issue of player protests during the national anthem is expected to command much attention.
“'(Goodell) has a plan that he is going to present to owners about how to use our platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country,’ NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call.
“’What we don’t have is a proposal that changes our policy, we don’t have something that mandates anything. That’s clear. If that was the case, I doubt the head of the NFLPA would have put a joint statement out with us.’”
This reversal likely means that the NFL will be suffering from yet another week of poor ratings, pathetic ticket sales, and boycotts by former fans.
Anthem protests in the league have become one of the nation’s most divisive social issues over the course of the last few weeks, after players amended their previous grievances to now include a statement regarding President Trump’s opinion of the gesture. Now a convoluted system of specific poses is necessary to understand just what each of these anti-American protesters are currently annoyed with.
In other words, the action on the field is nearly as complex as the action on the sidelines, facing Old Glory.