Correcting the misconstrued and the spin



A couple of recent letters have tried to explain that the NFL protests where players take a knee are not about the flag or our national anthem; and that the protestors have defined what their protest is about. Yes they have defined it clearly. It began with Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when this all began and he declared “I refuse to stand to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” I might add that he wore socks that referred to cops as pigs, and had a shirt on celebrating a communist dictator. Then we saw the protests spread this year as many players joined in to show their displeasure that Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by any team. I wonder if you were an owner, would you want this guy on your team? Then the NFL refuses to enforce their own rules, and tells us about the players right to protest.

Here are some historical facts about the NFL and the players right to protest. In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, but they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off. In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders. In 2014 Robert Griffin III entered a post- game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium. I wonder where the uniform inspector was when Kaepernick took the field last year.

In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye black for breast cancer awareness. Also in 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. {not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem]. In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of five Dallas Police officers who were murdered in the line of duty. Also in 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. So how is it that the NFL supports free speech and expression?

The media and the left want us to believe that it’s all Trump’s fault.

And now to top it all off, Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Seattle Seahawks locker room prior to the game, defensive end Michael Bennett burned a flag prior to the national anthem with the entire team cheering him on including the head coach (and it was captured on camera.) When asked what they are protesting about by kneeling during the national anthem, many players don’t have a clue as to why. Many are joining in to support Kaepernick as he remains unsigned. Go back to Kaepernick’s original statement, he is very specific why he protested.

If the players are serious about addressing their concerns, they should be reaching out to community leaders and law enforcement and engaging in a discussion on their issues and concerns. I haven’t seen or heard of any outreach by players yet to do this. They certainly will not solve their concerns until and unless they address them. These protests won’t accomplish their goals. By continuing their actions during the national anthem they are alienating their fan base and harming the very game that they earn a living [and a very good one at that]. We are told by the NFL and most teams that the players do a lot of charitable work to benefit their communities. I have no reason to doubt that. If this is the case, they already have a line of communication to their respective communities and they should use it sooner rather than later.

I will continue to boycott watching any NFL games until this nonsense stops. I’ve spoken with many other fans who agree and are acting in the same manner. Both viewership and attendance is declining and I think the trend will continue. The final straw will be when advertising sponsors start pulling the plug. After all, they are basically supporting this conduct by continuing to advertise and sponsoring the NFL games. I wonder how long it will take them to wake up. I’m getting a lot of other things accomplished in my newly found time. I’ve come to the conclusion that my country, flag and national anthem means so much more to me than the NFL!