Anti-American anthem protests have ruined the NFL.
The league has moved into damage control to reverse the problems caused by protests.
But one NFL Hall-of-Famer might’ve made the problem worse with what he just said.
The NFL In Crisis
The unpatriotic protests started by free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick have spiraled out of control.
The league lost millions in ticket sales and advertising revenue.
However, the players’ association is fighting for protests even though they’re hurting the bottom line.
The players may not care right now, but it will come back to bite them during the next round of collective bargaining.
Commissioner Roger Goodell tried to solve the problem by forcing players to stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room.
But Goodell caved on his own policy. Both sides are still working on a new guideline.
While the league does little, television networks are trying to boost their ratings.
As previously reported by Off The Wire, NFL broadcasters won’t televise the national anthem before games.
A Rags-to-Riches Story Stranger Than Fiction
During the protest controversy, several current and former players have spoken out.
The latest one was recent Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Warner.
The former St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals quarterback had an NFL career that resembled a fairy tale.
Warner went undrafted out of Northern Iowa and bagged groceries while pursuing his football dream.
He played for years in the Arena League before landing the backup quarterback job with the Rams.
The Rams finished in last place in 1998 but went into 1999 with high hopes after several off-season moves.
However, the Rams’ season seemingly went up in smoke when starting quarterback Trent Green tore his ACL in a pre-season game.
Warner took over and led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory in his first season as starter.
Curious Stance On Protests
Warner, now an NFL analyst, chimed in on the protest debate.
He praised Ted Cruz’s Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke for his stance on anthem kneelers.
O’Rourke made waves when he said he couldn’t think of anything more American than protesting the flag.
Warner seemed to like O’Rourke’s take:
Every past & present fan of NFL – please listen – I believe he hit the nail on the head & he did so not by dividing the 2 sides but by joining them together in realizing the freedoms of our country have been forged by soldiers but also by many others who have fought in diff ways! https://t.co/zDxYgMAmAz
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) August 22, 2018
O’Rourke’s take is disappointing for someone who wants to be a United States senator.
It’s also strange that Warner would go out of his way to promote someone opposed to his views.
Warner is a pro-life Christian who’s against stem cell research, and O’Rourke is a pro-choice Democrat with a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.
Warner and other celebrities have made O’Rourke a national name lately. Hollywood celebrities have cheered his anthem stance while showering his campaign with money.
Despite having a huge spending advantage over Cruz, O’Rourke still trails by six points.
Democrats are desperate to turn Texas blue, but they should perhaps look out for their own seats.
As noted by American Patriot Daily, the senate math for 2018 isn’t looking great for Democrats.