August 1, 2021

NFL’s History of Anti-Patriotism – And its infinite love for kneeling players.

The National Football League has made it clear that it stands with its kneeling players, who have become political pawns in an increasingly anti-patriotic game. The situation has worsened since President Trump called out NFL leadership for allowing such a disgrace to continue. But there’s a much longer history of the NFL’s antithetical attitude toward patriotism.

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to place a small decal on players’ helmets to honor the five Dallas Police officers who were gunned down at a Black Lives Matter rally. The Cowboys wore the decal during training over the summer. However, come game-day for the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, league officials ruled against allowing the decal, stating the dress of all players across all teams must be uniform.

The following month, Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson had custom cleats made to honor the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His Nikes were red white and blue and featured the phrase “Never Forget” and a “9/11” with the “11” represented by the Twin Towers. But because that violated uniform code, the NFL threatened to fine him if he wore them during the game.

Instead of getting negative attention, Williamson decided not to argue and “left it alone.” He did end up auctioning the special cleats, with a VIP meet-and-greet package, and donated the money to Operation Warrior Wishes to help veterans.

“I feel like just reaching out to people, helping them, somebody that’s served our country, I feel like that’s a great honor, so I wanted to do something nice for them,” Williamson said at the time. “I feel like it’s a great cause.”

Along with Williamson, the NFL had also threatened to fine the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr and Victor Cruz for wearing 9/11 tribute cleats.

But entire teams making a political statement by disrespectfully kneeling through the national anthem is not only a-ok with the league, but, in fact, encouraged. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement in response to President Trump calling out the players:

The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.  There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.

Let us fix that for you: the NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture — and all those millions of kids watching out there — by standing in honor of our country and the men and women who have died fighting for our freedoms. Divisive actions like kneeling during the anthem demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for this great country, the NFL, and the game of football. For the good of our clubs and the communities represented by our players, we all stand in support of our flag and the country it represents.

Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Source: Truth Revolt