Actions have consequences and I truly believe that many of these NFL players are not smart enough realize it. Yes, many of them supposedly have a college degree, but do not let that piece of paper fool you as to how they got it. Football has picked up the tab for them since high school, offering them a free education, meaningless degree, and plenty of spending money along with a multitude of under-the-table rewards. Most of them consider football and the NFL in debt to them for their “service” to the game—they believe the game belongs to them and thus they will do with it what they want and you will just have to like it.
Oh, I beg to differ and so do the vast majority of the fans. We are not stupid and yes, we do like and respect our flag and our country. That is the reason that we play the National Anthem at sports events—to demonstrate that fact and show respect for those who have put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. Unfortunately, that hard-won freedom includes the ill-advised actions of NFL players taking a knee and other disrespectful actions during the playing of the anthem.
As might be expected, after disrespecting the flag and the anthem, black players have now begun exhibiting the Black Power gesture after each tackle of an opposing white player or after making a strong play. New York Giants player Odell Beckham got down on his knees in the end zone and acted as if he were a dog peeing on the field. They call their actions showing solidarity, although solidarity with whom might be the question. It is certainly not the fans of NFL football who find these actions offensive to the point of turning their back on the sport.
The Dallas Cowboys took a knee as a team and locked arms with owner Jerry Jones in what they referred to as a moment of prayer. Most fans would not have a problem with that action except that it took place when they should have been standing with a hand over their hearts showing respect to our flag, our nation, and those who gave their blood and life for it. In reality,black players want to show that they are solidly behind the black population that they feel is being strong-armed by the police. They feel they are being strong-armed themselves when the police arrest their favorite drug-dealer or pick up one of their hanger-ons for some illegal action while out in public. The message they are sending is Hey, we play football and make a lot of money, you can’t treat us like regular people—we won’t be strong-armed! What a twisted mindset.
Now, black players in the NFL are demanding that the NFL recognize November as a month of protest against the actions of law enforcement—yet another slap in the face that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering for approval. Any team owner with even a small brain should know that such actions will be financial suicide for the NFL and the game. The fan base is already shrinking by double digits and that number will likely worsen if this trend continues over the course of the season. Fans of the game are there for the game and the excitement thereof, they are assuredly not interested in the politics and attitudes of the NFL players. Someone needs to convey that message and it looks like the fans are going to have to do it themselves.
At some point on this current path, the NFL and team-owners are going to realize what they have allowed to happen to their precious golden goose. At that point, when numbers on all sides are in decline, it will be too late to reach out and get the fan back. For without the fan, the game is nothing but a meathead freak show that might as well offer free admission to anyone who might show up. The fans ultimately shell out the billions of dollars supporting the game and its advertisers. The current actions of players are offending fans by the millions and ultimately turning them away from the sport. The golden goose is already drinking the poison and it can’t continue much longer without succumbing.
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