On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided as a team to remain in the locker room and not come to the sidelines for the playing of the national anthem, and they incredibly exasperated the already huge boycott against the NFL.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said the team held a players-only meeting Saturday to discuss their options. Whatever they did, Tomlin said, they would do 100 percent.
They could not come to an agreement whether to stand, sit or kneel as a team, and so they decided to abstain from the anthem entirely (which was then construed as its own protest, such is the pick-a-side nature of the situation).
Only one single player, Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger and Afghan war veteran, defied the team decision and stood respected the national anthem. His jersey sales are skyrocketing!
Did the coach not understand that he was giving himself a pay-cut, as well as making way for more financial loss to the NFL?
The once beloved NFL has fallen far from grace with the American people. We have gotten sick of watching them sit idly by.
This incidences was the last straw for many, as the #BoycottNFL is already viral on social media.
Usually, people see pride and honor as an outdated thing of the past, almost as if they are archaic values. It appears that this is what our country needs a lot more of, though!
These overpaid, spoiled brats are rising from the shadows revealing that they are about as anti-American as they come.
And as they continue their antics, the NFL fans continue to do their own protest by turning off the game.
NFL viewership has cratered, both in the seats and in the living room, to the lowest numbers in a decade and all the parent companies involved are losing incredible amounts of money.
As a result of the boycott due to Kapernick and Co. protests, Walt Disney, parent of ESPN; CBS, parent of CBS MoneyWatch; Fox, parent 21st Century Fox and Comcast, whose properties include NBC, are in a severe financial bind.
They’ve counted on the NFL to buttress their business as audiences for cable and broadcast networks have dwindled in recent years. It has been an expensive strategy.
Let’s get this straight.
Football fans, by large numbers, are patriots. Other numbers show that while they have quit watching the NFL in disgust, college football is gladly taking those viewers in record numbers.
Now, some players are taking their antics from the sidelines during the national anthem, to the field during the game.
As the employer, the NFL has the right to force its players to leave their politics out of the game. When are they going to take a firm stand, like Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys?
Sports is often a place where America puts aside its differences to enjoy the spirit of competition and community, but even the massively popular NFL is threatened by these extraordinarily divisive times. There’s no easy escape for a league in which the majority of players are black and the audience is mostly white.
What will they do? They have let this go so far that now they are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. They should have nipped it in the bud, taking advantage of their ownership, and putting their foot down.
Kaepernick has broken football and cost a LOT of people a LOT of money. The teams, the broadcasters, the parent companies, and the advertisers.
How far does this have to go before political correctness takes a back seat to common sense?
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