Freedom of speech for every American…..unless you happen to be employed by the NFL. Under pressure from Donald Trump, and fearing that their rankings may be going down, the NFL decided that they needed to do something about the controversial topic of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Scared people under pressure from bullies usually do something ridiculous that will make the situation worse, instead of doing what you know will be hard, but needs to be done if you ever hope to get yourself up from under the bully’s pressure. STAND UP TO THE BULLY. That’s the difference between a coward and a person who is willing to demand respect. Cowards, cower. While those who stand up for themselves are willing to face their bullies…..no matter the consequences. The move today made by the NFL and its owners makes it crystal clear that they are cowards. Their actions today is also a welcomed invitation for the bully to come take their lunch money seven days of the week if he feels like it.
ESPN (@espn) reports, NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the national anthem. But gives players the “option” to remain in the locker room if they prefer. The new rule was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other personnel do not stand for the anthem. That includes sitting, kneeling, and probably not singing along also. Real Nazi Germany type shit. Forced patriotism. The NFL does give the team the option to hand out in-house fines to any player or personnel to have been found to violate the new law.
“This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed. We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it, and on our fans who enjoy it.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. My question to Goodell is, if you want the focus to be solely on the game, why even have the national anthem before the game anyway? What’s the purpose? We know we’re in America even if we don’t hear the national anthem before a sporting event. If you think any of this is about “patriotism” you are sadly mistaken. A person can sing the national anthem all day long, every day of the week, and still not have America’s best interest at hand. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM DOES NOT DEFINE “PATRIOTISM.” If you think I’m lying…..look it up!