Americans across the country are now burning player jerseys and NFL tickets in protest against NFL players disrespecting the national anthem and the U.S. flag.
One video shows season ticket holder Brendan Finn, who has been attending New York Giants games since the early 80’s, burning his tickets.
“I can’t go anymore,” says Finn before apologizing to “all the respectful NFL players who still respect the flag and our country.”
“I can’t pay and I can’t watch this happen,” he adds, before explaining how he is wearing a shirt that belonged to a cop he worked with who was shot dead during a robbery.
“There are thousands of cops just like him who gave their lives for this country, and these people sit down and protest against cops? I’m burning my tickets,” states Finn.
“The end of an era, I’m sad to see it happen, but I’m sad to see what happened to America even more,” says Finn as the tickets burn.
Another video shows a Steelers fan, who appears to be a veteran, burning his Steelers shirt while waving an American flag and playing the national anthem.
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).
“We have morals in this country. We stand for this country. My great uncle’s bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbor. For this country. For the flag. For your freedom to play in the NFL and to say whatever you want to say. But you do not disrespect the flag and the country and the Constitution… So watch this stuff burn,” said Williams.
Marine Corps veteran Jim Heaney, a lifelong Steelers fan, also burned his gear, including birthday and Christmas gifts his children had bought for him.
Another video shows a Kansas City Chiefs fan saying he is now “ashamed” to support his own team as a result of their actions while vowing not to spend another dime on NFL, before burning his merchandise.
Still another clip shows someone burning a Ravens jersey. More than a dozen Baltimore Ravens players took a knee during the anthem before their game in London, although chose to stand for a rendition of God Save the Queen.
Roger Goodell, has articulated a league policy that allows for players to protest during the National Anthem.
“It’s one of those things where I think we have to understand that there are people that have different viewpoints,” Goodell said. “The national anthem is a special moment to me. It’s a point of pride. But we also have to understand the other side, that people do have rights and we want to respect those.”
No, Roger, the field is no place for players to express their political viewpoints. They are employees. You have blown it. The boycott is spreading fast and if you do not get control of your employees, you are going to have a catastrophic mess on your hands,
The boycott will grow immensely after the knot-head move by the Steelers…the boycott grows as $$$ shrinks.
How far can the NFL fall?
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