As it turns out, I am not the only one that is deeply offended with the NFL players, coaches, and their owners. What started out with one player disrespecting our flag and the National Anthem, has spread like a nasty virus through the whole NFL.
They say they are protesting for social justice in our country. Well fine, protest! I am also for social justice. I know there are still problems with race in our country. Nothing like it used to be, but there are still problems.
The problem with me is, I believe this show of disrespect for our flag and our National Anthem has very little to do with wanting a change for good. They are not protesting for social change, they are protesting for “political” change. They don’t like the Republican President, and that is what I believe this is mostly about.
To prove that point, I am going to President Trump’s statement , that it would be nice if one of these owners would fire these……..when they take a knee and disrespect our flag and the National Anthem. What did the NFL do? They all decided to make a big “show of solidarity” to show that divisiveness will not win.
They were offended by his statement. They said so. They were insulted. That is why the big show… arms locked, almost all taking a knee, or not even coming out on to the field until after the Anthem. It had nothing to do with bringing social change. It was to make a point to the President.
They may not have liked his statement, but that is exactly the way a huge part of this country feels. That is why there were so many “boos” heard across NFL stadiums on Sunday. That is why Facebook is flooded with post after post of people furious with the NFL, from the head down to the players. That is why there is serious talk of football fans boycotting the NFL games.
Why? Why do we feel that way? Are we all racists? No! Our reaction has nothing to do with race or agreeing or not agreeing on the need for social change.
It is a standing tradition in our American sporting events, from elementary, to the National leagues, to display our American Flag, and play our National Anthem. It is to forever show respect to and honor all those, of every color, that have ever fought, died, or to this day, are serving in our military to protect the freedoms that our flag stands for.
If the one post I read is correct, it is even in the NFL rules, that every player shall stand on the sidelines when the flag is displayed, and Anthem sung. They are to have their helmets removed, and hand across their hearts.
Come on NFL, enforce your own rules!
You, the NFL, told Tim Tebow when he took a knee to honor God, to “keep his personal beliefs off the field.” Why aren’t you telling these players the same thing? Quit being hypocrites!
If your goal was to end division in our country by taking a knee, you have failed. You have created a division. You have offended and insulted everything our flag stands for. You have offended every American who tears up when they hear The Star Spangled Banner, because they feel every word.
If you want to protest social injustice, by all means do so. Don’t use your “protest” as an excuse to stir political differences. Find a different platform. Leave our American Flag and National Anthem alone!