The anti-American anthem protests have been a destructive force for the NFL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and league owners have pushed to put an end to the ugly displays.
But one Hollywood actress broke ranks from her family on the anthem issue.
The Problem Festers
Colin Kaepernick began the anthem protests in 2016.
Kaepernick had immersed himself in far-left ideology and emerged a radical leftist.
Kaepernick hates America and everything it stands for.
The leftists who defend him will say that isn’t true.
But his words speak for themselves.
He said he wouldn’t stand for a country that oppresses and murders people of color.
Even though Kaepernick’s rhetoric is ignorant, the media labeled him a civil rights hero.
However, fans don’t agree.
Kaepernick’s protest spread. And fans showed their disgust.
Stadiums were emptier. Sponsors pulled out. Season ticket holders canceled.
New York Giants owner John Mara was one of the owners working on a fix to get players to stand for the anthem because of the anger toward protesters.
Mara said fan pushback against signing Kaepernick was the strongest he’d seen in his tenure.
As much as Mara pushed for players to stand, his niece Kate had different ideas.
Kate Mara is a busy Hollywood actress.
She played nosy reporter Zoe Barnes on the Netflix show “House of Cards” opposite the disgraced Kevin Spacey.
Kate’s younger sister Rooney also acts. She scored the lead role in the remake of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”
But unlike her sister Kate, Rooney stayed quiet on the anthem protests.
While her uncle negotiates a new anthem policy, Kate didn’t help matters in a recent interview.
She told Hollywood trade rag Variety that she sided with the decision of the protesters, “whatever that might be.”
If the players choose to protest, that would mean terrible business for them and her uncle.
Mara continued, “I believe everybody has a constitutional right to stand, or kneel or sit during the national anthem.”
Constitutionality isn’t the issue.
Of course the players have the right to kneel.
That’s one of the freedoms built into the country the protesters hate.
But the NFL is a private business. They can set anthem guidelines.
The NBA has an strict anthem policy, and so far none of their players have protested since Kaepernick started this madness.
Undoing the Fabric of America
Kate Mara is also connected to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Her mother is the granddaughter of Steelers founder Art Rooney.
During her interview, she was nostalgic about growing up in a football family.She concluded, “It reminds me of my childhood…Going to a Giants game in New York with my family on a Sunday to me that is the normal way and the most comforting way because you’re surrounded by family, and love, and a lot of passion.”
Ironically, the actress is cutting against the bonds she warmly remembers.
Anthem protesters are looking to tear down American institutions and bonds. Not celebrate them.
Justice Clarence Thomas lamented the loss of social cohesion around the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick said the American system must be “dismantled.”
Even if the other protesters don’t agree, they kneel in his name.
One would assume Mara is not on board with that.