The politicization of sports in the United States is one of the sad after-effects of eight years of Barack Obama and the far-left’s quest to dismantle patriotism in this country.
We have reported, ad nauseam, on Colin Kaepernick, the decried former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, who spearheaded this pathetic movement last football season by kneeling during our national anthem. Little did he know his disrespectful gesture to our flag would gain such mass popularity with his peers and the media alike — at the expense of NFL ratings, and his own career apparently. In typical fashion, President Trump has weighed in on the trend, and has not surprisingly drawn the ire of the NFL itself.
In a speech on Friday in support of Alabama Senate candidate, Luther Strange, Trump called upon football fans far and wide to take a stand against the teams that encourage this disgusting behavior. From the Hill:
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”
Trump also said NFL owners should fire players if they refuse to stand during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,'” he continued, adding, “‘He is fired.'”
Unfortunately, the NFL is living in a parallel universe, blinded by a political agenda on the verge of destroying their once reputable brand. Not surprisingly, the highest ranking member of the organization completely turned a blind eye to this behavior with a mind-blowing level of ignorance.
From the Hill:
In response to Trump’s call for league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.”
Help create a sense of unity? When they refuse to unite in support of their national anthem?
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
For Goodell, tell your players to unite around the flag that represents all of those who sacrificed everything so your players can live in freedom and prosperity. Talking about missing the point. The tone at the top set by the NFL is doing a great disservice to the league, its committed fans and the sport. Don’t be surprised if you see fans walking out of stadiums this season.
They’re already changing the channels.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]