One rogue player unaware he is a contract performer hired to put on a show for a stadium full of football fans that have paid $172 per seat to see him beat the living-daylights out of another guy.
He may leave him unsure which planet he is on for the rest of his life in the nearest thing to the games of the Roman Coliseum 1520 years ago. That was just before Rome fell showing that we have not moved very far in 15 centuries and that this may be a confirming sign that we are about to come to an end.
When Colin Kaepernick started this nonsense where was the management of his team? Could not those nimble-noggin multi-millionaire cigar smoking, gruff voiced sports and self promoters realize “…this kid is a time bomb!” How far does this have to go before the front office suits sober up enough to see they have run aground! The prototype fan wants none of this nonsense. He wants to see a game; not think about politics, be proud he is an American and able to get cold beer when he wants it.
Do “the suits” of the National Football League not realize “free speech” only holds the government in check? When you work for someone he can tell you what to say and if you to not fire you. They could quench this black rebellion in one minute, but if they want to get fancy about it they can hire a black intellectual like Larry Elder and have him talk some sense into these rattled heads. Or, are they too rattled to understand?
They say this is about Michael Brown and that he was murdered by a white police officer while trying to escape. Grand jury testimony says Michael was attacking the officer with a head butt which is consistent with the fact the bullet that killed him was in the top of his head! Gruesome, but conclusive. Autopsies produce facts.
Do they not realize these strange behaviors are arming the Mother’s Against Football movement? There is a building movement to ban football in the schools as 30 boys die playing the game every year. The game does not need players doing strange things that insult many people in the stands and watching TV. The effect is already showing with a 13% decline in the TV audience, but it is only 4.5% over the last ten years in stadium. TV viewing is down 17% in a single year which is certainly due to the TV fan being less interested in the first place compared to the stadium fan.
This issue runs a lot deeper than many fans understand. It is not just the Michael Brown case but several others where black criminals were shot in the back fleeing. While that seems a crime against the suspect, you just don’t try to get away from a police officer with a gun, but many black people try. That has to change.
It is true that police officers of all colors are more leery of black people, but that is in response to the fact black people commit about three times as much crime per 100 people as white people and are 40% of the prison population while only 13% of the population. Some of this is due to poverty both as a cause and in criminal court defense. Poor people do not get the best defense lawyers. That is an inequity that defies solution.
The overwhelming stupidity of this protest is going to cause another problem for the NFL. Soon the general public will believe all these guys on their knees have lost so many IQ points by concussion they don’t know they are protesting a false issue, the Brown case, and not only will respect for the game diminish, but the legal eagles will soon be calling at the doors of NFL management with “victim” briefs in hand and when insurance companies take a walk on the “gross mismanagement” clauses NFL be in deep-poo-poo and that is not a small town in Illinois.
NFL has to take this issue to the players and instruct them that they can salute the flag, like all good citizens, or take a walk. They are rebelling on a bad case, the Michael Brown case, and in a way that will only make people mad. There is nothing creative or uplifting about this “down on one knee” business.
It simply stupid and a real NFL disaster.