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NFL Owners May Punish Players for Not Standing for Anthem This Season

May 23, 2018

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Money makes the world go around
The world go around
The world go around
Money makes the world go around
It makes the world go ’round. – Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, “Carbaret”, 1972

FoxNews.com reports that

NFL owners, during a meeting Tuesday, reportedly considered a new punishment for players who choose to kneel during the national anthem: a 15-yard penalty against the team.

Under the proposal, the home team would decide whether both sides should be on the field during the Star Spangled Banner — and if so, 15-yard penalties would be handed out if anyone kneels, Sports Illustrated reported.

The report did not indicate who made the proposal, and it was unclear how much support or opposition it received. The NFL did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The proposal would represent a notably different response from the NFL after a wave of national anthem protests, which were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

During the 2016-2017 NFL season, Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem as part of a protest against police brutality. The hotly contested move was later adapted by other players as well, including former teammate Eric Reid.

After the kneeling triggered fierce debates across the country, and criticism from President Trump, the league moved to pay nearly $100 million to social justice causes supported by some players, despite critics’ claims that it was meant purely to appease activist athletes.

NFL players reportedly defended Kaepernick and slammed league owners during an October meeting in New York City, demanding to know why the former 49ers player was, they believed, being blackballed.

The protesting NFL Players who believed that they were “sticking it to The Man” last season were actually sticking it to their own pocketbooks to the tune of a 17% NFL Revenue Loss per week, while the same Liberals who were so vociferously defending their “First Amendment Rights” to protest on the job are laughing their keisters off because the NFL Players themselves were doing their dirty work for them and bankrupting the NFL, thus ending the “impulsive savagery on the field” which Modern American Liberals viewed with such disdain and contempt.

Modern American Liberals, or “The New Bolsheviks” as I have nicknamed them, were employing a time-worn Marxist Strategy, straight out of the playbook of “Coach” Vladimir Lenin: They were using the NFL Players’ Association as unwitting dupes, or useful idiots to advance their agenda and to destroy Professional Football, until last season a sport which they verbally dissected and ridiculed as something which only blood thirsty barbarians watched or played.

Don’t believe me?

Here is an excerpt from an op ed titled, “Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?” written for The Washington Post by Steve Almond and posted on January 24, 2014.

N.F.L. players are members of an elite fraternity that knowingly places self-sacrifice, valor and machismo above ethical or medical common sense. But most start out as kids with limited options. They may love football for its inherent virtues. But they also quickly come to see the game as a path to glory and riches. These rewards aren’t inherent. They arise from a culture of fandom that views players as valuable only so long as they can perform.

But if I’m completely honest about my misgivings, it’s not just that the N.F.L. is a negligent employer. It’s how our worship of the game has blinded us to its pathologies.

Pro sports are, by definition, monetized arenas for hypermasculinity. Football is nowhere near as overtly vicious as, say, boxing. But it is the one sport that most faithfully recreates our childhood fantasies of war as a winnable contest.

Over the past 12 years, as Americans have sought a distraction from the moral incoherence of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the game has served as a loyal and satisfying proxy. It has become an acceptable way of experiencing our savage impulses, the cultural lodestar when it comes to consuming violence. What differentiates it from the glut of bloody films and video games we devour is our awareness that the violence in football, and the toll of that violence, is real.

The struggle playing out in living rooms across the country is that of a civilian leisure class that has created, for its own entertainment, a caste of warriors too big and strong and fast to play a child’s game without grievously injuring one another. The very rules that govern our perceptions of them might well be applied to soldiers: Those who exhibit impulsive savagery on the field are heroes. Those who do so off the field are reviled monsters.

The condescension on display in this excerpt is representative of the way that “The Smartest People in the Room” actually feel about Professional Football.

Make no mistake about it.

The Will Smith movie “Concussion” in which he portrayed Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fought against efforts by National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players. was produced by Hollywood Liberals to show their “concern” for the game.

These same noble high-minded Liberals last season were cheering those whom they previously looked down upon as barbarians and it was all because their disrespect for our flag and our national anthem and the division which they were exacerbating was forwarding Modern American Liberals’ Anti-Trump, Anti-America Agenda.

Just as George Soros and others who hate our Sovereign Nation continue to use Modern American Liberals or “New Bolsheviks” to disrupt the presidency of Donald J. Trump and his plans to “Make America Great Again”, so did the Liberals use the NFL Players’ protesting of our national Anthem to advance their political agenda on National Television.

Evidently, the NFL Owners have finally realized that the majority of Americans oppose the disrespect which was given by the players last season.

So, now they are in “Survival Mode”, trying to win back those fans which they lost due to the antics of a bunch of spoiled rich entitled NFL Players.

So, when the time comes that the NFL Owners have to start punishing players for taking a knee during the National Anthem, the players should not blame the fans who opposed them.

They should blame the Liberals who supported them while they bit the hand which fed them.

Oh, and as far as Colin Kaepernick is concerned, the players need to look at him from the Owners’ point of view: Would you hire back someone who has cost you millions of dollars in revenue?

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

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