As NFL players begin to realize that the end of their little protest is in sight, claims of even stronger protesting are being promised.
NFL fans are fed up with all the political nonsense ruining a beloved sport and the disrespect for a country that pays its players handsomely. While standing for the defense of ‘oppressed’ minority’s is completely acceptable, doing so by kneeling during the national anthem is just wrong. Millions of men and women serve to protect this country and those exact freedoms that are being expressed by NFL players, so why would they choose to disrespect them by kneeling where others would give anything to stand again.
As this ridiculous behavior continues the NFL, its team owners, and even broadcasters and advertisers are realizing the financial ramifications of these continued actions and it’s not pretty. In an attempt to save face and appease the masses, the NFL commissioner has openly stated that everyone should stand for the national anthem. That’s not an official demand but at the conclusion of a team owner meeting to occur later this week the American public will most likely get that as its official response and players are already expressing retaliation if forced to respect the American flag by having to stand.
“If you take that away from them, there’s gonna be an uproar,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “It’s just gonna happen, because now it’s just like you have a voice at one point, but then you don’t at this point.”
McCoy made the statement just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the organization believes “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”
Despite the fact that the NFL is a private business, and players are essentially employees, McCoy believes the league would be stepping on athletes’ constitutional rights by requiring them to stand during the anthem ceremony.
“If you take that away,” he said, “I don’t think people are gonna take too kindly to it.”
No one cares if overpaid football players take kindly to it or not, you are employees of a lucrative business with thousands willing to happily take the place of any player who wishes to defy the United States of America and expected us to smile along and continue to inflate their ungrateful bank accounts. Wrong.