As the NFL limps back into the national spotlight for the 2017 season, it is apparent that the league does so with a limp and a black eye.
The league itself is in serious trouble. In the past two seasons, a massive ratings lull and stagnant ticket sales have increased pressure on NFL owners and coaches to appeal to the largest possible swath of Americans in order to maintain their unbelievable wealth. In doing so, they’ve turned a blind eye to disgraceful protests occurring on the field of play in the form of players shunning the National Anthem – a reaction that has infuriated Americans nationwide.
While a number of politicians and pundits have weighed in on the subject of these anthem protests, the official presidential opinion was not exactly known…that is, until now.
“President Trump railed against National Football League players who have knelt during the national anthem.
“Trump said that he and Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who he was stumping for in Huntsville, are ‘unified’ by ‘great American values.’
“‘We’re proud of our country and we’re proud of our flag,’ he said.
“He said players who disrespect the flag and kneel for the national anthem should be ejected from the stadium and cut from the team.
“‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say “get that son of a b***h off the field right now – he’s fired”,’ Trump said.”
This was clearly the President shooting from the hip in this low-key appearance, but it encapsulates the gist of the American opinion on the NFL and their bratty and spoiled players.
Should the league continue to chose ignoring the very real problem of anti-American players being paid millions of dollars to play in front of Americans, the NFL will likely continue to flounder in popularity.