Let’s start off by saying that I am a huge football fan. I love high school football, I love the professionals and I love to play fantasy football. My favorite song for awhile was “Boys of Fall”. But today, I am sickened by what I see the players currently doing. Let’s talk about how this is not some pro-American movement but a bunch of millionaires who have a gripe with the president who are doing their best to disrespect America.
Let’s rewind to last year and Colin Kaepernick. He was kneeling in protest of the police in America. This was based on a case, where the police were found innocent and the media narrative (hands up don’t shoot) was proved to be made up. (Ferguson) The kneeling became a huge “I hate policemen” bashfest. Many police unions were extremely upset by all of this and staged their own forms of protest as well. Keep in mind that we had a president who was extremely unsupportive of the police and let his distaste for them be known often.
Fast forward to a new president. One who is constantly bashed by the elite of the world. Celebrities, universities and athletes did not understand what got Trump elected in the first place. They couldn’t seem to understand that no matter how many times Beyonce shilled for Hillary, it only had the reverse affect. So, for the most part ,and this is just me judging what I see around me, everyone hated the kneeling protests. A millionaire griping about oppression didn’t resonate with many people. Kaepernick and his crew might have been mad at the police but that had nothing to do with the Stars and Stripes. That flag has weathered multiple wars, sorrow, pride and presidents and standing for it had very little to do with policemen in this country but everything to do with the country a whole. Yes, there are issues everywhere. I didn’t vote for Obama and hated just about everything he did, but I would never disrespect the flag because it doesn’t stand for him. It stands for America, and he is not America.
The same way that Trump is not America. But the athletes hate him. So now they use the flag as a symbol of Trump. A bunch of millionaire/tough guys who got upset for being called “sons of b*tches”. Sticks and stones ,and football, will break your bones but words should not have hurt them so badly. …and to make the matter worse (fake news) of course Trump did not call every player those words, but the ones that were disrespectful. I agree with his comments. I believe the owners, as the employers, have a right to fire an employee if their conduct is offensive. Which it is to millions who have died and served our flag. I can not do whatever I want at work. I can’t go in and say I hate the curriculum, and then sit at my desk and not teach it. Actually I could, but then I could be fired also. We have been told that things we write on social media can be fireable offenses. So employers can limit your free speech and right to protest. If the players don’t like it they can not play. Of course, they can protest all they like outside of the field. No one stops them from that. They could ride along with the police like LeSean McCoy did. They could help inner city communities. They can do any number of things but disrespect the country that allows them to play a sport for a living.
Let’s talk about what I saw Sunday. I saw two teams the Jets and Dolphins, disrespect a group of children singing the anthem. I saw the Steelers let the only man who actually would have died for that flag and them, stand alone on the field. ( We all should buy his jersey). I then heard his coach bash him for not having 100% compliance with the protest. I saw teams kneel for the US anthem and then stand for God Save the Queen in England. Do they not understand the irony of standing for the biggest oppressors of Americans at one time? We fought a war to free ourselves from them. ….Let’s discuss slavery too… The British conducted the slave trade while we were colonized under their kings and queens. Yet the players stood for their anthem?
I watched NFL sycophants and lackeys swoon over this protest. The same people that did not swoon when Tim Tebow took a knee to pray, but instead chastised him as not having the right to do so on the field. I heard the players be called brave? Why for doing exactly like all the others did, like lemmings? No one brave enough but Villanueva to say, “Wait this is not right? ” (I for one will be buying his gear, sales are through the roof let’s keep the trend going). None of them were brave enough to actually ever risk being carried home under the flag. That is bravery. Bravery is going to work as a policeman everyday knowing you may not make it home. Bravery is standing up after losing two legs in war. Playing football and standing in a locker room while the flag we bleed for is honored is not brave. In fact it is the opposite. It is cowardly, and disrespecting the flag because you don’t like the president doesn’t make you a winner. It makes you a coward and disgraceful….and a millionaire who cries about oppression. Many friends are turning off their TV’s in protest. Will we take a stand too?
Demand the NFL bring respect to the flag back…or lose all of our respect. ..