Americans are patiently watching the current state of the National Football League, as professional athletes — who are paid millions — continue to disrespect the United States, the national anthem, flag, and the military. President Donald Trump is extraordinarily vocal about the issue, and his latest tweet hits the nail on the head.
The President took to Twitter and announced, “The NFL is now thinking about a new idea – keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!…..” This message is one of many from the President regarding the national anthem protests in the NFL.
Former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick started the trend of kneeling during the national anthem back in 2016. It was mostly forgotten about as the season progressed, and then it practically exploded at the start of the 2017 season.
President Trump, seemingly irritated by the kneeling, suggested during a speech that players who kneel should be fired. This ignited the protests, and liberal football players were kneeling by the hundreds during the second week of the 2017 NFL season.
The number of players kneeling has dropped drastically, but it is still a regular occurrence. As a result, NFL fans are expressing their displeasure with their wallet.
Organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars are canceling their NFL television subscriptions. Veterans involved with the program see the national anthem protests as disrespectful to not just the country, but also the military.
Sponsors of the NFL, like Papa John’s, are voicing their concerns that the protests might be causing lower-than-average sales numbers, according to The Hill. The actual number of people watching games has fallen dramatically, so there appears to be a correlation — though the degree to which it is affecting their sales is unknown.
Players claim that the protests are a way to combat “police brutality,” racial injustice, and other social justice themes. However, that meaning has long since been drained from their cause.
Many suggest that what the players are doing is nothing more than virtue signaling. They are calling media attention to their act of protest on the field, while failing to take action in addressing the problems they see in society.
The tweet that President Trump recently published is in response to a report by The Washington Post. The Post reported that a source told them the NFL may start keeping players in the locker room during the national anthem next season.
Television ratings and attendance for NFL games have tanked since the national anthem protests. Is the NFL mistaken here?
It is safe to say that most Americans feel the same way President Trump does — this “solution” is just as unpatriotic as kneeling during the national anthem. The league is considering making all of the players stay in the lockerrooms in defense of the players, not as a measure to satisfy their upset fans.
The NFL has not officially announced any changes to their national anthem protocol for next season. If they go through with this move, President Trump and many other Americans are going to be left feeling extraordinarily disappointed.