…because stories like this:
NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.
Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.
Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.
Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De’Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In Philadelphia, Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel Thursday during the anthem and headed to the team bench ahead of a game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the song.
“I just think it’s important to keep this conversation going, that we don’t let it get stagnant,” Jenkins said after the game, according to NFL.com. “You know, as we understand it, everybody’s kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do. … It’s just my personal decision to keep these things at the forefront.”
One Florida establishment won’t tolerate football players kneeling on the nation’s most public lawns anymore.
Curtis and Janet West, the owners of Beef O’Brady’s in Brooksville, Fla., cancelled the bar’s DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket subscription over NFL players protesting against police violence in minority communities and racial and economic inequality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem prior to games, according to Tampa, Fla., television station WTVT. Players’ demonstrations offended the Wests, who explain in posters hung in their bar why patrons won’t be able to watch every NFL game there in 2018.
“Beef O’Brady’s will not be financially supporting the NFL this year due to their lack of compassion and gratitude for our American service members,” the poster reads, per WTVT. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. This tradition deserves respect and unfortunately, the NFL does not feel that same way. So, for this season, we will not be purchasing the NFL ticket. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”
Beef O’Brady’s will save around $5,200 without the NFL Sunday Ticket. The Wests will invest those savings in a new promotion: offering military veterans 40 percent off food on Sundays during the NFL season.
and especially this:
That’s why it was surprising when Brown spoke out against current NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social issues such as racial inequality.
Jim Brown: ‘I’ll never kneel’
Brown, known as one of the most prominent activist/athletes of his era (and probably all eras), said he would never kneel for the national anthem, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” Brown told Withers before the HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks” that features the Browns.
Brown, who is 82, said he supported the players’ rights to kneel. But he didn’t agree with what they’re doing.
is pretty much an in kind contribution to the Trump re-election campaign of 2020 and the GOP campaign to keep the house in 2018. Naturally the President was all over it:
President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attacks on NFL players who protest during the national anthem – after several of them took knees and raised their fists during preseason games.
“The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” he tweeted. “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define.
“They make a fortune doing what they love…… Be happy, be cool!” he continued. “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest.
“Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!” he said.
This will of course cause the clueless NFL players to protest more which will allow the president to comment again guaranteeing the issue will be alive and well in every swing distinct that he won in 2018 meaning that every single Democrat running in a swing district will have the delightful choice of pissing off their base or their swing voters by stating an opinion on this issue before the election.
Now all of this would be moot if the NFL simply enforced their policy, if they had then the conversation after week one of pre-season would be all about who might be playing themselves onto a roster, who disappointed etc etc etc instead of who is kneeling and who is not.
Of course if the NFL and the NFLPA want to continue to drop the value of their product (and make their players less marketable for advertising dollars) that’s their prerogative, but for me I’ll settle for just pointing and them and laughing a lot.