Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, has always been outspoken when it comes to doing the right thing. A recent question was posed to him about the NFL protests, and he knocked it out of the park.
The question boiled down to “What do you make of Trump’s comments about those who refuse to stand during the national anthem?” Rowe spoke on that specific topic and then broadened his speaking point. He essentially said that the players in the NFL, as well as Commissioner Roger Goodell, are being arrogant. They honestly believe that fans are going to watch regardless, but what they don’t realize is fans have the power to shut them down.
In Rowe’s response, he initially said that he believes President Trump was just reaffirming the idea that we have the power to choose whether or not we watch their games. We pay their salary, and his, through our actions.
“As the leader of the country, the President had an opportunity to remind us that The NFL, the networks who broadcast their games, and all of the players – standers and kneelers alike – work for us. He might have also used the occasion to remind us that he too, serves at our pleasure,” Rowe wrote.
He went on to say that he believes that he thinks the comments made by the players and the union were “reasonable,” that is to say they were within their First Amendment rights.
However, that does not mean that they were not arrogant and deserving of critique. They act as if they can do anything that they like without facing any consequences from fans, but the opposite is true.
If the fans decide they no longer want to support the anti-American messages put forward by the NFL players they can and will change the channel. If that happens, we are going to see a change in their tune, and quick.
Rowe noted as much when he said, “The fans of professional football are not powerless – they’re just not yet offended enough to turn the channel. Should that ever change in a meaningful way – if for instance, a percentage of football fans relative to those players who chose to kneel during today’s games, chose to watch something else next Sunday – I can assure you…the matter would be resolved by Monday.”
In other words, if it came down to the NFL going broke because fans had enough, they would have the issue resolved over the weekend. How they would resolve it is still the question.
Players around the nation are kneeling in some cases, sitting in others, and some are even not coming out during the National Anthem, as the Steelers did this week — aside from one veteran with three tours in Afghanistan.
People can only tolerate a certain level of disrespect. The NFL’s numbers are already dropping off. If things keep going at this rate, the numbers are going to continue to drop until they tank.
In other words, Rowe hit the nail on the head. The NFL players better realize who is paying their salaries before they continue to bash patriots. If they don’t catch on, it won’t be long before they find themselves in the unemployment line.