There has been no shortage of strong reactions to yesterday’s NFL-wide, anti-American protests during the National Anthem.
While the radical left continues to give a proverbial thumbs up to anything that annoys President Trump, their appropriation of what was once a Black Lives Matter gesture is sure to ruffle feathers among the liberal base – if BLM ever realizes what exactly happened yesterday.
Meanwhile, however, the rest of the nation is seething.
The NFL took an enormous hit in ratings yesterday as the league allowed, and even exacerbated the bizarre and unruly behavior of its overpriced players. In so many ways, yesterday’s debacle was a referendum on bratty privilege in our nation, as these exorbitantly wealthy man-children of the 1% showed grand disrespect to our nation and our military, both of whom are, by definition, largely not a part of the Richie Rich club.
All of this pedantic and pathetic kneeling was too much for one long time employee of New Era Field, nee Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the NFL’s perennial punchlines, (The Buffalo Bills), play.
“Thirty years of loyal service to the Buffalo Bills was brought to an end on Sunday, by a single act of disloyal, disservice to our country. After watching Bills players kneeling, raising fists, and even stretching during the playing of the national anthem, New Era Field employee Erich Nikischer decided he had enough.
“’I waited until the National Anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out,’ Nikischer said in an interview with Buffalo’s Channel 2.
“Nikischer doesn’t question the rights of the players to protest, only the manner and timing of it.
“’During the National Anthem…the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it’s just something I feel you shouldn’t disrespect that way. I believe people have the right to protest; I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.’
“What Nikischer witnessed on Sunday in Buffalo, would be enough to rile the emotions of any patriotic American. Not just in terms of the sheer numbers of Bills players protesting, but the disrespect took on new forms as well. Bills running back LeSean McCoy actually laid on the field and stretched during the playing of the anthem.”
For those well versed in the lore of the NFL, the Buffalo Bills have one of, if not the most dedicated fanbase in all the land. Nikischer disrobing of Bills gear and stomping out of the stadium is quite the feat among Western New Yorkers who worship at the feet of the sacred…um…bison.
Furthermore, Nikischer turned down wages to make his statement, putting players like LeSean McCoy’s $6 million yearly contract into perspective.