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Keiichi Morisato

NFL Kneeling Protest Backfires, Fans Angry and Upset

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Keiichi Morisato    418
Keiichi Morisato

With all that's going on, I thought this was something that needed it's own topic.

What NFL players thought was a good idea wasn't very well thought out. For those who haven't been paying attention, NFL players from just about every team decided that they didn't like certain aspects of this country so they decided to something "spur of the moment" and decided to kneel while our country's national anthem was being played. The national anthem, the "battle hymn of the republic", is played before every major professional sports game in the country and that it is seen as respect to rise to your feet and stand as a showing of respect not just for the independence of this country from British rule and as respect to those who serve in the military and protect our democracy.

But, after President Trump tweeted a message and NFL fans took a closer look at the actions of the NFL, what looked like an innocent protest turned into outright disrespect for what many Americans considered to be disrespectful to the American flag. One NFL player for the Pittsburg Steelers, Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan before joining the NFL. Eventually, Villanueva would capitulate and apologize for being patriotic when it came to our national anthem. That's right, that sorry excuse for a slob, Alejandro Villanueva, apologized for showing respect to our national anthem and to our flag.

Since then, this whole thing has turned into one major public relations disaster for the NFL. Some commentators posting videos on youtube have stated quite emphatically that even if the NFL did come out and apologize over this that nobody would ever believe them because the fans would only see it as trying to conduct damage control on an issue that the NFL should have put a stop to in the first place. Villanueva's capitulation seems to have come from the Steelers owners who may have forced him to issue a public statement.

After the Steelers started the kneeling thing, NFL fans all across the country have posted videos burning their NFL gear in bonfires and one guy even torched his $450 NFL leather jacket he had purchased. I have to say that I support these NFL fans because they seem to think that disrespecting the American flag and disrespecting our nation's military is a fashion statement of some kind. Americans are very loyal and very Patriotic when it comes to our country and those who defend our liberties. This was evident after the September 11th Attacks and that the NFL just decided to piss on all of that goodwill.

After the Steelers protest, the NFL saw their ratings from 14% after opening season. But, expect those ratings to tank even more as NFL fans decide to speak with their wallets and stop tuning into NFL games period. What's worse is that now the NBA is talking about following the NFL's lead. If professional sports wants to kill their industry, that's one way to piss off your fans. What turned into  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall trying to criticize Trump when the president said any NFL player who disrespected the flag should be fired, Trump took the actions started by NFL players and turned it into a national debate on patriotism and military service. This protest by the NFL has backfired and is looking like it's going to do even more damage to professional sports then they thought.

Simply put, you cannot disrespect the American flag in this manner and expect to walk away scot-free.

 

 

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Keiichi Morisato    418
Keiichi Morisato

Never let it be said that there are never consequences to what you do. Not did the NFL "bended knee" protest backfire, not only did the NFL fail to embarrass certain people who tweeted that NFL players should have been fired but now it seems that NFL players are now facing the consequences of their so-called "protest".

It's being reported that NFL players are losing out on lucrative endorsement deals as a result of their "protest"; DirecTV is offering refunds to their subscribers who request a refund for the NFL Sunday Ticket package ($280 per subscriber) not to mention ratings for the NFL have been dropping ever since this protest began.

This is what happens when you show disrespect to your country's flag and the national anthem. Protesting is their constitutional right but you don't disrespect your country, the men and women in the armed services who protect your freedom and the pride that your countrymen have for your country.

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