I have been saying for a year, protest all you want on your own time, and Herschel Walker just backed me up!
Walker had a legendary college and pro football career, in which he absorbed and delivered some of the most memorable hits in the history of the game. He was the valedictorian of his high school and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. On top of that he’s now a successful business man, so when he talks people listen.
Now, in his fifties, Walker is still delivering hits.
Speaking to reporters, Walker said, “I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner. I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning.”
Walker continued, “Guys, let me tell you this. Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead. We have young men and women fighting for the flag. And we have to respect the White House.”
In the 1980s, Walker played for President Trump’s USFL New Jersey Generals.
This also isn’t the first time that Walker has spoken out on the NFL’s anthem protests. Back in September, Walker pleaded with the NFL to “take control” of the anthem issue. He suggested that Commissioner Goodell make a rule stating that all protests needed to happen on a players personal time, and not during games.
AMEN! That is what I’m talkin about!
Walker said that if players want to protest, they should do it in the offseason and he would gladly join in with them, but players should not protest on the job because it will hurt the business.
“I think they need a league-wide rule that everyone who protests, protest off the job,” Walker told TMZ Sports.
“Commissioner [Roger Goodell] has got to step in and say, ‘Guys, we have advertisers, we have sponsors, we have a lot of people that this is a job,’” he added.
A poll earlier this month found a majority of voters disapprove of how Goodell has handled the protests during the national anthem.
At the league’s fall meeting last month, Goodell and several team owners decided they would not change the NFL’s policy to require players to stand.
It really is that simple, and Collin Kaepernick would not be unemployed if he had used some basic common sense.
The NFL would not be under an extreme boycott, losing advertisers and revenue if Commissioner Goodell had used some common sense.
Stadiums would not be selling tickets at all-time lows and still having trouble filling seats had someone, anyone, found some common sense!
At this point, who knows if the NFL can even be saved. It looks like it will go on, but only as a shell of its former self. Too bad there haven’t been more guys like Walker speaking up all along. The League (and this country) sure could use them.
Some teams are getting it. For the second straight Sunday, all of the NFL players with Alabama football roots stood during the pre-game performance of the national anthem.
One week ago, only three NFL players knelt during the national anthem. The proximity of the games to Veterans Day and the NFL’s Salute to Service Day activities last week were cited as reasons for lowered participation. The three players who took a knee during the national anthem were at the New York Giants vs San Francisco 49ers game. figures.
After a year of boycotting the NFL, the teams seem to have decided that it is not worth it to pull their 3 minute antics on their employers’ time-clock.
The vast majority of NFL players are now standing for the anthem.
Fired 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests aimed at police brutality against African Americans and other issues.
Total viewership for NFL football games is down 20 percent since 2015.
I just really do not understand why they do not get, protest on your won time… well maybe I do.
Sans the game, they have no voice because they are not really as big as they think they are. Maybe they have forgotten that they are a part of a team. Go figure!
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