The NFL decided to allow its players to protest the national anthem. President Trump spoke about this and shared what many customers were thinking.
While it’s fair to comment on Trump’s tone, the head-in-the-sand NFL officials have decided to respond in a way that never addresses the issue:
Trump was not commenting on the great work by the players on their off time. He was talking about respect during the national anthem, an issue that Goodell won’t address directly. NFL players, the NFLPA and others have reacted by justifying the decision to not stand and pay respects as “protected speech.”
In response, the Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said the team would not participate. In essence, they wanted to remove themselves from the controversy.
“We’re not going to play politics,” he said. “We’re football players. We’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game.”
And with that, starting left tackle, former Army Ranger and decorated combat veteran Alejandro Villanueva made a choice and decided to leave his teammates behind and honor the flag, a tradition that the NFL supposedly embraces, but allows some employees to openly disrespect.
Of course, here is a former football player who gave up his football dream to defend it.
Still, the social justice warriors want to further entrench themselves into what used to be politics free events.
Villanueva should be the real hero honored during this nonsense, but he won’t be. It’ll be the many players from the teams who choose to kneel in solidarity for principles of bringing politics into sports under the guise of “free speech”.
Every person who is a citizen in this country is allowed to have political views. It is one of the most cherished freedoms we have. Most of us, though, aren’t allowed to bring them into the office and disrupt our working environment. Why should this be different since the NFL is a job?
We pay to see teams play and not see a protest. Sports fans who love this country and stand in respect of the National Anthem have reason to be angry when the sports teams, who benefit from the hard earned dollars allows its employees to disrespect the flag. How brave it must be for a player to disrespect the flag and what it stands for while still receiving the great bounty at the end of the day provided by patriotic sports fans?
Since the owners seem content with showing support, then we demand you do not ask citizens to pay for your sports stadiums anymore. If you did get help from the citizens, return the money so our taxes aren’t paid to support your employees political agenda. And don’t ask for tax breaks or special favors when you allow your employees to disrespect the flag. Don’t worry, there are already efforts to start raising these ballot measures in your cities address this.
You want to allow the players to kneel and show solidarity for your social justice causes? You can pay for the venue. Maybe the players can help chip in to buy it, then you can protest in whatever way you want. Assuming you have any money after people stop watching.