The upcoming NFL season has a high probability of being a complete disaster.
There’s already a push for the sport to become “woke,” and COVID-19 hysteria could derail the season at any moment.
But the Dallas Cowboys made one decision that might ruin the NFL for good.
Dallas Cowboys like to portray themselves as “America’s Team.”
They’re one of the most recognizable brands in sports, their valuation is higher than any other professional sports team, and they have fans concentrated around the country.
But America’s Team could very well be kneeling for the national anthem, a move that would ruin the NFL’s brand for good.
Owner Jerry Jones had previously been adamant about showing pride for the anthem and the flag, but a wave of wokeness has swept through the country since the death of George Floyd.
Floyd literally has been elevated to saint status, and professional athletes are acting accordingly.
The NFL announced that they would play “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the unofficial black national anthem, during week one of the upcoming season.
But players could also kneel for the Star-Spangled Banner, which would send a dangerously divisive message.
During a recent radio interview, Jones was preparing fans for the very likely possibility that players will be protesting the anthem.
“That’s the great thing about America: Everybody has a difference…If our players are there, they are sensitive to and respect what America is as it relates to the flag. I’ll assure you that. I’d hope that our fans — and I think they will — understand that our players have issues that they need help on. They need help from the majority of America.”
Donald Trump’s son Eric echoed the sentiment of a lot of fans who are turned off by the anti-American protests.
Football is officially dead — so much for “America’s sport.” Goodbye NFL… I’m gone. https://t.co/FSJeyvsql3
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 8, 2020
Kneeling for the anthem drove fans away in 2017 and 2018.
The NFL owners agreed to earmark $89 million for social justice causes of the players’ choosing, but that apparently was a stopgap effort.
The players’ activism continues, but it’s muddled and unfocused.
As it stands, the players look and act like pawns of the political left.
They’re advocating for “change,” but they can’t articulate what that change should be or how it should be achieved.
The intersection of sports and politics is bad for the country, and to see the Dallas Cowboys potentially give in to the outrage mob is a disappointing signal that the nation has reached a point of no return.