Ever since former NFL player Colin Kaepernick disgraced the country by kneeling during the anthem, more and more players joined in his hypocrisy.
Despite their well-paid jobs and privileged lifestyles as professional athletes, they believed they had the right to insult the country.
Well, the reaction hasn’t been pretty. Many millions have decided to turn off NFL games, even drop their devotion to their favorite teams.
The NFL has already seen serious ratings drops; large losses in merchandise and sponsorships are soon to follow.
So, surprise, surprise, the NFL commissioner has finally responded.
From The Kansas City Star:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday wrote a letter to all 32 league owners regarding the protests that have taken place during the national anthem, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
In the letter, which Schefter shared on his Facebook page, Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country…”
Goodell would like players to stand, but the national anthem is not mentioned in the NFL rulebook. However, players “should” stand for the anthem, according to the league’s game operation manual…
Goodell said in the letter that the issue will be a topic of discussion at league meetings next week in New York.
“Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country,” Goodell wrote. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.”
Hey, Goodell, you should have done this A YEAR AGO. The moment that hack Kaepernick knelt, the NFL should have made it clear they support the country. Players can discuss political/social issues all they want, at the appropriate times. The National Anthem is a moment for every American to show their support for the United States.
The real question is, will this be enough? Will his response force players to man up and stand during the anthem–something they had no problem doing for decades until now? Will the league expressly put into their rules that players have to stand–a rule that the NBA already has?
If Goodell is successful at ending this charade, will that bring back viewers? Maybe not immediately, but if fans believe their teams respect the country–regardless of the views–they will come back.
But only if the league has enough backbone to support the country.