Kinfolks! The NFL has issued an emphatic “F*CK YOU” to players, specifically African-American players with the unanimous decision to require on field players to stand for the national anthem. This comes after Colin Kaepernick famously took a knee in protest of the police’s treatment of African-Americans.
According to ESPN
NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Those teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.
This is complete and utter BULLSHIT, and the rationale behind it makes absolutely no sense at all. Commissioner, Roger Goodell said “”We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” and he also said “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”
BULLSHIT! Taking a knee or sitting during the national anthem isn’t disrespectful to veterans or military service members, it’s actually the reason these brave men and women fight for our country so that we have the right to peacefully protest. Aside from that, the national anthem’s lyrics are racist, regardless of whether we are singing the whole song or not! The reason for Colin taking a knee has completely been tainted and twisted from his original intent. It was never intended to disrespect veterans and service members, the crazy man in the White House started this silly narrative. The NFL has essentially said, “Shut up and play football!” While I understand that the NFL is in the business to make money, how do they completely disrespect the very people who are making them money. Without the players there is no game to be played and no money to be made.
At this point the only thing the players can do is band together and protest this asinine policy. I highly doubt they would fire every football player if they all decided to take knee. The players hold the power in this situation, they should band together an refuse to play if this policy isn’t changed. The NFL’s hands would be tied. But I doubt if players will organize in this fashion.
Whut, say you?