The NFL is cowardly and stupid and the owners and the people in charge only care about money.
I had to say it.
Today it was announced that there will be some rule changes involving the anthem protests that have been all over the place for 2 years now. This is so frustrating and makes me so very angry. The rules that they will most likely implement are, if a player is kneeling during the anthem, the team will be penalized. But they say that teams can stay in the locker room if they want during the anthem.
Excuse the hell out of me, but aren't these protesting players just expressing their right to free speech? This is a right given to us all, and the mouth breathing rednecks that voted for this current "government" are now getting their way. That is bull shit. Whenever the mouth breathers want to say whatever they want, they claim free speech. But, if a professional athlete decides that they want to kneel for the anthem, they are traitors. What a load of garbage.
Also, why does the NFL care so much about the protests? Why is it such a big deal? The NFL has much, much bigger fish to fry, but they focus on under inflated footballs and players exercising free speech. This is truly appalling. It is sickening and gross. This makes me hate a sport that I love so very much. Stuff like this makes me not want to watch the games anymore.
I fully support the players that have decided to kneel or sit down for the anthem. I am 100 percent behind Colin Kaepernick. He did it due to police violence, and now this thing has grown into something that I am proud to stand with. I don't stand for the anthem at sporting events anymore. I was just at my son's school the other day, and they played the anthem and I sat down next to him the whole time. Did the school scold me, or fine me, or put my son in the principal's office? Nope. They let me exercise my right to free speech. But, pro football players now will penalize their whole team for standing up for social injustices.
Jesus Christ this is depressing.
Roger Goodell is a spineless joke of a commissioner. He will go down as the worst commissioner in any sport ever. He always bends over backwards for the wrong people. I know, he works for the owners, but so does Adam Silver, and he takes stands with the players every time over the owners and coaches. The NBA is light years ahead of the NFL as far as supporting players and their right to express their beliefs in non violent ways. Major League Baseball is getting better than the NFL with this too, and that sport is almost as white as golf. College sports have even allowed kids to take a stand anyway they seem fit, so long as it is non violent, and none of those kids get chastised or kicked off the team. So why is the NFL so ridiculously in the bag with the owners and the people in power right now? I don't get it. The NFL is the most popular sport in the country, but people like Roger Goodell are doing everything in their power to destroy the fans will to watch the game anymore.
I said it before and I will say it again, I love football, but I am growing to despise the NFL. These proposed rule changes are so dumb. They are old school in all the wrong ways. This will make the owners feel like they are gods, like they can do whatever they want. I'm sickened by this. The fact that they are going to penalize teams for using freedom of speech is so, so, so stupid. And how have the anthem protests effected the game, or the ratings? Again, the NFL is thriving. The games are almost always sold out, at least for the top teams. During the fall, football is on most televisions across the country. I don't see many ad companies pulling from CBS, Fox or ESPN because of the protests.
What it all really boils down to, in my opinion, the owners and Roger Goodell are trying to show who is supposed to be in charge, and that is a crock of shit. I hope players still protest on the field. I hope big time guys come out and kneel during the anthem. If the NFL wasn't absolutely filled with collusion, I would hope that when/if Kaepernick got signed, the first game back, he would kneel. These players have all the right in the world to continue with their anthem protests. A 10 yard penalty shouldn't change that. And, if a coach or GM or owner thinks a minuscule little penalty is going to change the way the players protest, I think they are stupid.
The NFL is becoming awful, and it will only get worse with these proposed rule changes. This makes me so angry. Please get into the 21st century NFL. These players are people, and they have minds of their own, and they are allowed to express their freedom of speech. What an awful decision by the NFL today.
Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast.
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