It’s no secret that the NFL and President Trump have a contentious relationship today – in fact, the spark that lit the fire goes all the way back to 1983 when he bought a rival US Football team, the New Jersey Generals.
That is completely unrelated to the frustration that Trump has with the league now given the un-American attitudes of the anthem-kneeling protesting players. Still, the NFL and Trump have feuded for one reason or another for 35 years.
But they finally agree on something now and you’ll never believe why the league just threw their ‘full support’ behind him.
Who could blame Trump for criticizing spoiled multimillionaire athletes for disrespecting those that gave their lives for the United States of America before every game?
Trump was the voice of the people. He spoke for all of us in that moment. As a result, the NFL’s television ratings and stadium seat attendance plummeted because of the former disgraced quarterback Colin Kaepernick-led movement.
You have to remember that the NFL is terrified of Trump because he has the power to severely damage profits for any anti-American organization by simply calling them out.
And that’s why it wasn’t a huge surprise to learn that the NFL threw their full support behind Trump’s new prison reform bill called the First Step Act, which is intended to decrease the jail inmate population across the United States.
The NFL Vice President of Communications Jocelyn Moore said, “The National Football League applauds the leadership of the President and bipartisan Members of Congress on criminal justice reform. We offer our full support for the revised First Step Act and urge passage this year.”
The bill is championed by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to take the bill to the floor and vote on it before the end of the year.
They’d have to act fast before year’s end because the new Congress takes over on January 3rd.
The bill has bipartisan support but Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is concerned that this bill will let many violent convicts out too early and risk the country’s security and safety.
It’s not at all surprising that the NFL supported Trump’s First Step Act bill considering that the league has rampant domestic violence cases that they deal with and mishandle regularly.
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back star Kareem Hunt was released by the team and subsequently suspended indefinitely by the league after a video of a February incident at a Cleveland hotel showed him shoving one girl and kicking another.
No charges were filed but the league’s athletes constantly flirt with doing serious prison time like Reuben Foster who was charged with domestic battery in late November, released by the San Francisco 49ers and immediately claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins.
He could do serious time and the Redskins did not have enough time to do adequate due diligence on the alleged incident.
The NFL likes to turn the other cheek until either a video surfaces or there is immense public outrage over it.
But doesn’t this seem like the NFL is just trying to butter up Trump?
Recently, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was deeply indebted to Trump because he helped solved a broadcasting rights issue with Canadian television. There was an intellectual property rights issue that allowed Canada to air its own commercials during the Super Bowl instead of those who paid premium prices for that ad space that should be worldwide.
That was Trump who solved their problem.
Maybe that’s why the NFL is trying to cozy up to Trump.