It seems that one of the most anti-American teams in the NFL, who supported the anthem-protests, is getting a taste of bad news.
When seven 49ers knelt before the national anthem, they were met with boos from the audience before losing their sixth straight game in a row, according to Breitbart.
Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post Redskins reporter, tweeted that “6 active 49ers players kneeling during the anthem, seven total,” and that “Some fans at FedEx Field were booing at the sight of 49ers fans kneeling during the anthem.”
With only seven players on the 49ers (and none from the Redskins sideline) kneeling, it’s a significant decrease from last weeks game, in which 20 players took the knee. Vice President Mike Pence left the stadium shortly after that display in a gesture that something that many speculated was a planned publicity stunt.
Not only was the team met with booing from their fans in their most recent outing, but the 49ers also ended up breaking an NFL record.
“The #49ers have lost five straight games by a combined 13 points. All five by three points or less. The first team in #NFL history to do so,” tweeted Rob Lowder, a sports reporter at The Niners Wire.
Another senior sports reporter for the 49ers, Joe Fann, echoed similar sentiments. “#49ers lose, 26-24. Now 0-6. San Francisco has lost its last five games by a total of 13 points(!!!!). Just, wow,” he tweeted.
In some ways, fans are feeling that the 49’ers are getting what they deserve. Just last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a memo to all teams saying that this behavior needed to stop once and for all. “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,” read the memo.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us,” Goodell’s memo continued. “The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
Despite this, many in the 49ers are still adamant about continuing their protests. Eric Reid, one of the earliest players to join Kaepernick in the protests, said that the team remained committed to protesting these social issues.
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“We talked as a group and I was considering that since we were in the nation’s capital, standing to finally put to bed accusations that we don’t’ respect the military,” he said, commenting on why fewer players knelt this game. Although he decided that they would still kneel, after all, Reid felt that many players were confused with his comments, hence why fewer 49ers knelt this time, according to the New York Post.
How long the 49ers intend to continue their anti-American protests in spite of their fans is yet to be seen, but it’s clear the costs have already been great.