Pittsburgh Steelers Ramon Foster had this to say about the controversy:
“I was kind of pissed at how people reacted to it,” said Foster. “In a sense, that we didn’t ask for that. We were thrown into this by some comments outside of the business and the sport of football. To see the backlash that I’m getting from back home, from people in my hometown on something I had no idea was going to go over like this or to have to warn my kids about certain stuff that hey, if somebody says something at school you have to let me and your mom know. We didn’t ask for that, we didn’t ask for this whole situation.”
So far, the football community has faced a well deserved backlash on how they’ve handled themselves during the controversy. Liberal supporters have been doing all they can to explain how patriotic the players are, even though most of the fans want the teams to honor the flag and then play football.
So what do you think would have happened had the Steelers, or for that matter, all the other teams decided that they would stand during the National Anthem?
My guess: A short lived controversy.
Instead, the courageous resistance needs more heroes to align with so they’ve created the latest ridiculous narrative:
Rosa Parks faced jail time. The strong, brave million dollar players face … ridicule and hurt feelings.
Besides, if you believe there is such rife injustice (especially when cashing your large paychecks), did you think addressing it during the National Anthem was a good idea, especially when the next day, you’re back at work making new schemes for the next opponent on the schedule?
If you want to solve the injustice in the world, to fight for what’s right, it involves actually doing something about it away from the lines on the playing field, such as getting together with community leaders and police departments and finding solutions.
There isn’t a reasonable person around who wouldn’t praise you for going the extra mile to come up with solutions about fixing the issues near and dear to your heart. Even in the NFL, the Walter Payton award is considered one of the most prestigious honors a player can receive. Players seem to work hard to achieve that kind of recognition. I would think your efforts in this area would earn extra recognition.
But yeah, the next opponent on the schedule, and more bending the knee…