If you don’t want to see football players kneeling during the national anthem in a few short months, then you’d better stick to college football rather than tuning into the NFL.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already sent a dog whistle to all of the players in the league that if they want to kneel during the anthem for this upcoming season, they won’t fine or suspend players.
And as a result of that, President Trump just threw the gavel down on players considering protesting the national anthem for the upcoming season.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the one who initiated this NFL catastrophe.
Brees spoke candidly recently in an interview with Yahoo Finance in which he said he would never agree with anybody who kneels during the national anthem and discussed how his grandparents invaded Normandy on D-day on June 6th, 1944.
But Brees was dragged across concrete by his colleagues and teammates for that position, and then suddenly, he saw the error in his ways, which goes to show you the power of peer pressure and shaming.
On top of that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dog-whistled to players that they will be free to kneel during the national anthem for the upcoming season with a pandering message.
That’s when President Trump wisely inserted himself into the debate.
President Trump wrote, “I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high…”
In the second tweet he added, “…We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”
Following those tweets, it was all crickets from Brees, Goodell and the rest of the NFL.
This basically telegraphs what’s going to happen, which is that NFL players, coaches and executives will ignore his sentiments and kneel anyways.
That’s why President Trump added more pressure on American sports after sharing an article reporting that the United States Soccer Federation repealed a rule banning players from kneeling during the national anthem while adding, “I won’t be watching much anymore!”
Obviously, President Trump is including the NFL in that tweet and the word “much” is the operative word to insinuate that.
But if that’s not the indicator, President Trump also wrote in a tweet four minutes later, “And it looks like the NFL is heading in that direction also, but not with me watching!”
In a statement from the Soccer Federation, it read: “We have not done enough to listen — especially to our players — to understand and acknowledge the very real and meaningful experiences of Black and other minority communities in our country. We apologize to our players — especially our Black players — staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism.”
This isn’t about race, it’s about Americans being pro-America, which is an emphatically lost sentiment to millions right now. Why?
This over-the-top virtue signaling by athletes who get paid millions to throw a pigskin around are going to complain about what they haven’t been given in America. Seriously?
Imagine being that naïve.