Over the past year and a half, the National Football League has been bleeding profusely and up until this week, they refused to do anything to stop the bleeding. But the remedy they just adopted is like trying to stop a severed jugular vein by putting a Band-Aid over the gaping wound.
The NFL’s problem started when an active and outspoken Christian player began dating a radical Muslim. Instead of standing up for his own faith and values, Colin Kaepernick turned to the dark side held by his new love interest. He went from professing the Gospel to spreading anti-American and anti-police garbage when he knelt during the National Anthem in a pre-season game in 2016.
By the end of the season, more NFL players had joined the protest, over the objections of many fans and some sponsors, but the NFL refused to do anything other than encourage the players to disgrace themselves, the National Anthem, the American flag, law enforcement and military personnel and the fans.
When the 2017 football season started, more NFL players were taking a knee during the National Anthem or they stayed in the locker room until after the Anthem was over. NFL leagues officials and owners continued to do nothing to stop it. Consequently, many fans stopped attending games or watching on television.
In November 2017, President Trump lashed out at the NFL player protests and said that players like Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders should be suspended for the rest of the season.
In early November 2017, the protests continued and so did the fan boycott. Week3 was labeled Weak 3 due to the poor attendance and poor television ratings, but still, no action to stop the growing wound.
By early December 2017, ticket prices for games had plummeted as fewer people attended the games and television viewing also plummeted, bringing concern to many companies who paid for advertising. What did the NFL do? They announced that they were going to give $90 million to ‘social justice’ (socialist) organizations because of the protests. With revenue hurting, the $90 million was being redirected from charities that helped veterans and breast cancer victims and research.
The NFL gesture was insulting to say the least and did nothing to win back fans. Attendance had dropped so low and enough sponsors had pulled out that the NFL cancelled the television airing of the Sunday Night Football game at the end of December, but still the NFL did nothing to address the reason they were headed for bankruptcy.
Like millions of other NFL fans, I never watched a single game in 2017. Instead, I turned to college basketball and other sports to fill the void and discovered I didn’t miss the NFL at all.
This past week, at the annual meeting, the NFL owners finally agreed to do something to stop the protests, but they fell way short of taking a strong stand against it.
Their solution was to mandate that players on the sidelines stand during the National Anthem or remain off the field. If they knelt in protest the league said they would have the option to fine the players. They also decided to allow each team to set their own guidelines on how their players are to conduct themselves during the National Anthem.
They didn’t say that players would be automatically fined, just that the league had the option to fine them. They didn’t specify the amount of the fine, but for whining players making millions of dollars to play a game, chances are the fines would be insignificant. One owner even said that he would be willing to pay the fine for his players, indicating that he doesn’t care about the fans.
President Donald Trump lashed out, saying:
“I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”
The media is blasting him for his statement, but I totally agree with him. If players aren’t happy with our country, then they are free to leave.
What the protesting players fail to understand is that the reasons they are protesting over were created by liberals like themselves who opposed the system, refused to cooperate with police and defied police instructions. They are actually protesting against their own philosophy, but are too stupid to realize it.
After seeing that the NFL owners are trying to stop themselves from financially bleeding to death with just token Band-Aid will not bring fans back. At least this former fan won’t be watching and NFL this year until the league realizes that as employers, they have the legal and constitutional right to demand certain behavior from their employees and holds them to that set of rules. The players do NOT have a constitutional right to protest if their employer forbids it and until the NFL takes that action, then let them go bankrupt.