The NFL dropped the ball (no pun intended) earlier this year when they decided to “freeze” their new rule concerning the kneeling for the National Anthem. This reaffirmed that the league — and especially its commissioner, Roger Goodell — are cowards who are scared to death of the Player’s Union and the players themselves.
What happened today, during the full slate season opener is a direct result of that cowardice — players are still, in 2018, kneeling while the anthem plays. What a disgrace. With any luck, it will lead to the end of this once-great sports league.
USA Today reports:
NFL players’ protests weren’t widespread in Sunday’s first games, but the demonstrations had not died out in Week 1.
Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson became the first players of the 2018 regular season to kneel in protest during the national anthem when they did so before Sunday’s contest against the Tennessee Titans. Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn also raised a fist during the song.
Stills and Wilson both kneeled in the preseason and said they planned to continue to do so in the regular season. Stills said he would consider stopping if former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling in 2016 as a means to protest racial inequality and police brutality, and former 49ers safety Eric Reid were signed by an NFL team.
Both Kaepernick and Reid are pursuing separate collusion grievances against the league, with each one alleging that teams worked together to keep him off the field.
Stills, who began following Kaepernick’s lead two years ago by kneeling, told The New York Times last week that criticism of players’ protests were misguided.
“It shouldn’t be this complicated,” Stills told The Times. Instead of people saying, yeah, let’s do this, let’s make change, let’s make our country a better place, it’s like, no, don’t do this then, this isn’t the right place, you don’t like the police.”
Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018
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