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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

My solution for the NFL's kneeling

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross received a lifetime achievement award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation on Monday. He told the New York Daily News afterward that this season all the Miami players will stand for the flag.

That lasted 24 hours.

The league got to him.

Ross told the newspaper, "Initially, I totally supported the players in what they were doing. It's America and people should be able to really speak their choices."

But when the president entered the fray, the issue went from being a protest against mistreatment by the police to a rebuke of the nation and its military personnel. Trump re-branded the protest, rendering it unsupportable.

"When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling," Ross said.

"I like Donald. I don’t support everything that he says. Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it. So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that. That’s how, I think, the country is interpreting the kneeling issue."

But the NFL is a league run by social justice warriors. They are cockroaches with Ivy League degrees.

So Ross ate his words.

"I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued," Ross said.

"I've shared my opinion with all our players: I'm passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists. I know our players care about the military and law enforcement too because I've seen the same players who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message of social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all."

If the NFL refuses to honor the National Anthem, then don't play it at the ballgames. In fact, Congress should make this easy: Ban the national anthem from the NFL. If you cannot respect the flag and the song praising it, then you should not play it for commercial purposes like that.


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  1. They only hate white people, so it's ok

  2. I have a better solution: Bankrupt the bastards

  3. Take away the NFLs special tax status. For a start.


  4. I would think removing their unethical tax status would be a good start. Why do SJW's pretend to really care about the NFL? They care only about their virtue signals. -- BJ54

  5. People care more about The Voice than the Negro Filled League these days, so let them be on their way. To oblivion.

  6. NFL stands for National Football League, right? And the USA is that nation, right? If that's correct, then if they refuse to properly honor the flag, the "national" should be stripped from the league's name. Properly honoring the flag should be a condition of playing and not up for debate.

    1. It is part of their rules, but they choose not to enforce them just like San Francisco and other sanctuary cities refuse to enforce immigration law. Call it the Sanctuary Football League.

  7. I would much prefer to strip all military representation at the football games to be honest. No flyovers, no color guard representation no nothing. They don't deserve the recognition and should be treated as an alien sporting event. The players can do whatever they feel like, people don't have to stand or show any respect to anything anymore than if we were watching someone at an arcade playing a video game. The NFL chose to alienate us and that was their choice.

  8. They should also remove all police at the game. Let them pay for private security.

    1. I don't know for sure, but I would guess each team (or each stadium owner) pays for the police coverage they get, either by reimbursing the local police department under contract or by else by paying the police officers directly, since the police who cover the games are probably working as volunteers outside their normal duty hours and assigned responsibilities in order to pick up more pay. In effect, the police officers who patrol the games work in that role as private security, not public LEOs. The usual sticky question is then whether such additional work outside of normal hours contributes to their time in service and counts toward their pensions after retirement.

  9. The owners should pay for their own stadiums, too.

    1. I believe that referendum passed in Texas yesterday, thank G-d.

  10. Every owner, save Jerry Jones, is "passionate about the cause of Social Justice".
    They're working to force JJ to sell out.
    Reforming the FBI will prove easier.

    1. Jones took a knee too, to "show loyalty" to his team's disrespect of the United States. If that creep Goodall wants to kick him out of football, or fine him for breathing, or plant heroin in his car and call the cops... fine by me.
      Jerry chose sides.

  11. I like that they play the anthem. And now, you can tell the SJWs from those that love this country.

  12. pro athletes are treated like oil wells and tree farms. Clubs can charge a depletion allowance which enables owners to write off huge chunks of the outrageous payrolls. In addition to making owners pay for their own stadiums, take away the depletion allowance.
    Hit the unpatriotic organization in the pocket book.

  13. My yard is looking great since I've reclaimed my Sundays, and we've been grilling out and relaxing a lot more. Plus, I need to keep up my strength for baseball season.