Heading into the 2017 season, the National Football League is in serious trouble stemming from a number of highly liberal policies that have alienated their fanbase.
A year ago, many believed that the NFL was destined to overtake baseball as the United States’ sport of choice, and perhaps would even swipe the moniker of “America’s Pastime” from the old standby. Then came the debacle surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the War on Police, and the National Anthem.
Kaepernick, who had fallen to the rank of backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49er’s, suddenly found himself out of the limelight; a death knell for his NFL career. In order to keep his name in the headlines, Kaepernick took up the cause of the misguided and violent Black Lives Matter movement, who had long been proponents of violence against the police. In order to stay relevant, the washed up QB began refusing to stand for the National Anthem, wearing bigoted anti-police clothing, and otherwise lash out at the nation that had provided him with his golden opportunity of being a professional athlete.
The San Francisco 49er’s and the NFL responded to Kaepernick’s insubordinate behavior by doing literally nothing. This enraged a great many Americans who felt that disciplinary action should be taken against the bratty backup and the legion of bandwagon athletes who followed suit.
Now, as Kaepernick is jobless in the 2017 preseason, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is still defending the anti-American protests of the players that followed suit, telling NFL fans to essentially get over it.
“NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says football fans should be more understanding when players protest the national anthem.
“During a Q&A session with Cardinals season-ticket holders, Goodell was asked if he believes protests are ‘going to be another problem’ this season.
“This past weekend, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett both sat down while the national anthem was played before their preseason games.
“‘It’s one of those things where we have to understand that there are people who have different viewpoints,’ Goodell said via ESPN. ‘It’s something that I think everybody wants. The national anthem is a special moment for me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment but we also have to understand the other side – that people do have rights, and we want to respect those.'”
It is this uncaring attitude that will likely doom the league’s ratings once again this season.
Our nation has been on the verge of civil unrest in recent weeks as ideological opponents are now killing each other in the streets of America. The vitriolic, radicalized left has been working to curb the First Amendment with violence in California, while the racist white nationalist movement has been violently confronting true patriots in the streets of Charlottesville.
Now, as the NFL has a chance to display unity with the American people by outlawing these anti-anthem protests, they refuse, putting their profits over We The People once again.