The NFL’s anti-American protestors worlds are starting to crumble.
They thought they could disrespect our country with no consequence, but they are finally being proven wrong.
And the Miami Dolphins just deified them with an outstanding declaration.
It was recently announced that the Houston Texans will not offer contracts to any of the free agents who kneeled during the national anthem.
While Texans owner Bob McNair quickly backpedaled the news once it broke,that decision would make sense.
In response to the anthem protests last year, McNair wisely stated, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
Which is pretty much the exact opposite of how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must feel about the situation—it’s obvious who’s running the show.
But it looks like the Houston Texans have kicked off a new trend, because Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross just announced—and in no uncertain terms—that every player on his team will also be standing for the anthem next season.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross emphatically told reporters Monday that every player on his team for the upcoming season will stand during the national anthem.
“All of our players will be standing,” Ross told the New York Daily News.
The comments were made, somewhat ironically, as Ross was accepting an award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation for being a “longtime champion of equal opportunity.”
When speaking to the Daily News, he said:
“When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling. I like Donald [Trump]. I don’t support everything that he says.
Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it.
So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that. That’s how, I think, the country now is interpreting the kneeling issue.”
Originally, Ross did not have a problem with players protesting during the anthem. But, he said his mind changed when he realized the disrespect to the country’s military men and women that this caused.
Dolphins players’ Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas all knelt last year. Of those three, Stills is the only one set to be on the roster by the start of the 2018 season.
The Dolphins are not the only team making waves on the anti-protesting front. According to Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle, a couple of agents told him that the Houston Texans were not interested in signing free agents that would kneel during the anthem.
Texans owner Bob McNair has been no stranger to expressing his opinion on the issue. At the owners meeting back in October, he said that, “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
One of McNair’s biggest critics was offensive lineman Duane Brown and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Brown was traded before the deadline. Hopkins skipped practice immediately following the controversial comments.
Only time will tell if more owners will follow Ross and McNair’s decision and if the league will change its policy.”
The NFL has every right to ask, if not require, their players to behave in a respectful way and stand during the national anthem—in the same way any other work place requires their employees to adhere to their dress code, hygiene standards, and rules of conduct.
Hopefully more teams will fall in line with this trend, otherwise the NFL will see their ratings decline even further next season.