How Do You Feel About The NFL Now
With the news coming through the wire during an interview with Trump, a Fox News host was able to tell him that the NFL has caved on kneeling, but Trump isn’t happy just yet.
The NFL and its Commissioner Roger Goodell have come to an agreement on how to turn the failing ratings of the organization around after they had been tanked by Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers in August 2016 when he started to kneel during the National Anthem at games.
At the time the decision was released, Trump was being interviewed by Brian Kilmeade for Fox News. The interview was released this morning as part of the morning Fox & Friends show.
Released at 2:19pm EST on May 23rd, this is the new policy according to the official NFL website:
“NFL team owners approved a policy Wednesday requiring players and league personnel on the sideline to stand during the national anthem before games. It also gives players the option to remain off the field if they choose not to stand and respect the anthem.”
Several teams have already handed out statements on the new measure, including the Jaguars who in October of last year showed they had some of the most creative fans. One man, Terry Smiley, hired a sky writing plane to fly a banner over one of the games that read: Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL.”
“When speaking with media after the protest, he said that he was “appalled” at the fact that players with the Jaguars had kneeled for the American anthem but stood up for ‘God Save The Queen’ at a game in London, England.”
More statements will likely be forthcoming, and I’m curious to see the responses from the Jerry Jones at the Dallas Cowboys and Bob McNair at the Houston Texans. McNair was the one who was forced to apologize for saying that the “inmates” were “running the prison” while criticizing the power the players had over the paying audience and owners.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 23, 2018
Statement from Owner Shad Khan on today’s NFL national anthem policy vote: pic.twitter.com/Ri4HQDhyvs
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 23, 2018
A statement from Bills Owner and President Kim Pegula. pic.twitter.com/ifBRsHzZNk
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 23, 2018
Donald didn’t have to skip a beat in order to react in his usual style. After eight years of President Teleprompter, it’s nice to hear the man in the White House speak off the cuff:
“Well, I think that’s good. I don’t think people should be staying locker rooms, but still, I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem… or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem,. and the NFL owners did the right thing with that if that’s what they’ve done.”
Kilmeade then prompts Trump by asking if he believes that this conclusion was reached because he personally gave his own opinion on the disgrace.
“I think the people pushed it forward,” said Trump.
Trump said that he “brought it out” but the victory belongs to “the people.”
“This country’s very smart, we have very smart people, and… that’s something ideally that could’ve been taken care of when it first started, it would’ve been a lot easier but if [the NFL] did that, they’re doing the right thing.”
Here’s the video of Trump’s appearance. The whole thing is eleven minutes in length, but I’ve time coded the video to allow you to watch the point where Kilmeade reads off the good news and gathers Trump’s reaction.
What Deserves a Peace Prize?
With the news in the last few weeks that Trump will likely be responsible for peace on the Korean peninsula, Trump agrees with many other world figures that he deserves a Peace Prize for making it happen.
But with the NFL, Trump is not looking to take any credit beyond “bringing it forward,” knowing that he can influence the news cycle.
And he’s got a major point. When the kneeling was picking up steam, everyday viewers began to cancel their streaming packages, stopped attending games and began to patronize restaurants that refused to play NFL games as long as players kept kneeling.
It really was an organic response, and it’s one that other organizations must learn from: If you hate America, get the heck out of the country and do your kneeling somewhere else.
Source: Fox News, NFL