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NFL CEO Pledges To Back Any Player Who Wants To Disrespect National Anthem

Here we go again. Not even an hour after it was announced that team owners agreed to “punish” those who kneel for the National Anthem, an obviously liberal team CEO made waves by announcing he’d pay the fine for any player who wishes to take a knee for the anthem.

Just when the NFL finally — after two years of cowering — decided to take some level of action, they’re already getting it thrown right back in their face, and the fan base will not respond positively. As long as these shenanigans continue, expect decreased ratings, ticket sales and overall interest in what was once a patriotic, great American sports league.

NBC Sports reports:

On the anthem issue, Big Shield has a few cracks.

Apart from 49ers owner Jed York abstaining from the vote, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson has made it clear that he won’t punish players who violate the new mandate to “respect” the flag.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

Making Johnson’s stance on this intensely political issue even more intriguing is the fact that he’s running the team solely because President Donald Trump made Johnson’s brother, Woody, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Christopher’s stance, if it results in more protests, will eventually draw the ire of the New York native who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It remains to be seen whether the fines will increase with each violation, under the notion of progressive discipline that the NFL uses for violations of in-game safety rules. If so, it could get very expensive for Johnson and the Jets.



  1. Big Dawg

    May 23, 2018 at 8:17 pm


  2. Leon Barber

    May 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Reads like will have to pick up another sport and forget the NFL and their stupid owners!

  3. Jeff Schwager

    May 24, 2018 at 3:30 am

    The headline is a tad bit sensationalized… Don’t you think? They said they’d allow the players to stay in the locker room and wouldn’t force them to come out and stand for the National Anthem. That is NOT the same thing as pledging to back any player who wants to disrespect the National Anthem… but their actions do allow players to opt out of respecting the National Anthem. And no, that’s not the same thing as outright disrespecting. So PLEASE quit trying to get people all stirred up with crazy, exaggerated headlines. It’s not going to help your reputation and credibility as a news source. You might see a temporary rise in viewers but they will quickly weary of the constant barrage of exaggerated stories. Don’t be telling stories!!!

    Do I like what they did? No. Do I think it went far enough? No. Am I going to start watching the NFL? No. I’m waiting for something else to start up and replace the NFL. They had their opportunity to nip the problem in the bud and blew it.

    Now, with all that said. If you want people to blow you off and stop reading your articles, keep posting exaggerated stories like this. It’s just your reputation.

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