Remember how Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the United States National anthem in 2015 because he was protesting about African-Americans and police brutality? Kaepernick was first sitting during the anthem, but then, started a taking a knee along with former teammate Eric Reid during the anthem, as part of his peaceful protest.
He then also backed up his protest by raising money ($1 million) to various causes and communities across the country, becoming a hero and an actual “patriot” for many for standing up for what he believed in, unless you’re in a certain base.
Kaepernick is still looking for work, while horrible backup quarterbacks continue to be signed. Even Robert Griffin III got signed by the Baltimore Ravens this off-season, and the last we saw him, he was stinking it up for the Cleveland Browns two seasons ago.
The narrative about Kaepernick has been written in numerous articles about how he’s a bad quarterback, and that he was asking for too much money. This narrative has been proven to be wrong this week because most teams in 2016 saw Kaepernick as a starting quarterback, if not a guy who should be on a roster. Due to the fact that Kaepernick has a pending case about all 32 NFL teams having collusion not to sign him, I doubt he’ll play in the NFL again.
Players across the NFL started protesting with Kaepernick about the part of racial injustice, while giving their money (and time) to assist those in these various communities who wouldn’t have a voice. I wrote a blog about how the current President of the United States hates how people “disrespect” the anthem and the flag, which led to misinterpreting a known message by the majority of individuals who don’t watch Fox News every five minutes.
The current president then turned this into a wild weekend in September where he called out these players at some rally and believes that if you exercise your free speech during the anthem, you should be deported (This is the same president that said Nazis were very fine people back in August).
Yesterday, in a less than stunning fashion, the NFL owners voted for its players to either come out and stand for the anthem, or stay in the locker room during it played. But if you’re out there, you’re going to stand for the anthem and respect the flag because if you dare protest during it, it’s a 15 yard penalty and fined by the league (I’ve been laughing at this for the last 24 hours).
Dan Rooney, the guy who has a rule in the NFL that African-American coaches be INCLUDED in head coaching interviews (you really can’t make this up), said that the gestures such as a raising a fist and linking arms would be considered disrespectful.
I’ll repeat this for those who probably scrolled and nodded in the beginning —
The protests were NEVER about the national anthem. It was never about the flag. It was never about the military. It was about protesting for African-Americans who continue to be harassed by police officers across this country because of the color of their skin. If the NFL cares about patriotism, then maybe they should started by not accepting payments from the Department of Defense to display their sense of patriotism.
The NFL doesn’t give a shit about patriotism. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about the military. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about breast cancer. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about domestic violence. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about its players because if they did actually care about their players, they wouldn’t have organized this without them yesterday, the players would have guaranteed contracts, and the dreaded Thursday night games would be discontinued due to safety concerns.
The NFL gives a shit about money.
That’s all owners like Jerry Jones see. Dollar signs. I’ve learned that the owners and people upset about the anthem protests were never mad about the national anthem. I’m generalizing here, but most people upset about the anthem protests probably were buying beer at the concession stands during games, or sitting down on their couch because the National Anthem doesn’t slap (Vince Staples, salute to you).
Most were/are upset because of the message behind it, which, well, this is America, you know, the same country that has a school or mass shooting every six weeks and wonders how it could have been avoided.
I don’t know what’s going to happen this fall with the NFL – well that’s a lie. The ratings will continue to be high. People like myself will probably draft a fantasy football team (I might retire though) just to keep the eyes tuned on it. I’ll still have my eye on my favorites like Juju Smith-Schuster, Adoree Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr, Sam Darnold, and the goat himself, Baker Mayfield.
But as for watching a full game and actually caring? Man, I don’t know. I’m not here to be the moral police, but NFL games have been TERRIBLE in the past three years. You’d be a fool not to believe it.
The NFL and its owners have the belief that they created a solution when in fact, the owners created a messier situation than they needed to because they want to silence their athletes. Texans owner Bob McNair said in a meeting months ago compared the players to “inmates,” and how these same inmates should not be running the asylum. He made those comments over a protest for people, specifically African-Americans not to be brutalized by police officers. Tone deaf.
If the original message that Kaepernick had was about the military and how as a country, we should take better of our veterans, then the NFL and it’s fake patriotism ass would have 25 minute gestures before games.
A simple solution would have been not bring this issue back into the limelight if this was uncomfortable for the majority of these owners. Nobody was really paying attention to it anymore. Instead, the NFL created a situation that is a lose-lose for them, aligned themselves as a pinata to the President, and when it goes south in the long run, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves for terrible crisis management.