***This rant contains not-so-politically-correct language. If you can’t handle that…don’t read snowflake :o)***
Finally, Roger Goodell and NFL owners grew a pair and addressed that pesky “National Anthem issue” that’s been plaguing the NFL over the past couple of years. Now, if players want to protest, they can do so from the comforts of their locker room. If they choose to come out on the field, they will stand during the Anthem or their team will be fined. As to be expected, the new policy was met with dissatisfaction by many of the million dollar divas (and supporters), who claim that the new policy infringes upon their precious “right” to freedom of speech.
One of the arguments I’ve seen against the policy is that it was created solely to protect the monetary interests of the owners. Actually, there’s probably a fair amount of truth to that. The reality is the NFL is a business. Business exists to make money. It’s no secret that the NFL has seen a decline in viewership over the past few years and this whole “Anthem thing” certainly wasn’t helping. Addressing this “issue” is one less thing the NFL has to worry about adversely impacting the bottom-line.
What I don’t understand is NFL players should also be concerned about the NFL’s bottom-line. Since the NFL is a business, if it doesn’t make money, players aren’t going to get overpaid the ridiculous amounts of money they are currently getting…just to play a game. If there were not an NFL, they would not have a J-O-B! There would be no merch. There would be no endorsements. They would be broke-broke! This reality seems to be lost on today’s self-absorbed NFL divas.
Another argument I’ve read and heard is that the original “message” of the protests has been lost. The protests were never about disrespecting the Anthem, the Military, Veterans, or this country. Once again…I couldn’t agree more. The message totally got lost. But what isn’t being said is how and why the message got lost. What the masses don’t want to hear is that the message was lost the moment Colin Kaepernick first kneeled…at the worst possible moment…during the National Anthem. It was never Mr. Kaepernick’s intention to disrespect the Flag. However, due to his lack of planning/foresight and piss-poor timing, the incorrect association was made from the very beginning.
What’s ironic about this is Colin Kaepernick has been lauded by the masses as a “hero” for “taking a stand” (Ha-Ha). Yet, he is the one that is responsible for, and to blame for, the message getting lost in the first place!! In addition, those that truly believe Mr. Kaepernick did what he did to protest police brutality and inequality are fooling themselves. Colin Kaepernick protested to bring attention to himself. It was a gamble to make himself look more appealing in hopes of wrangling a bigger contract and role. Unfortunately for Mr. Kaepernick, the gamble didn’t pay off. Not only is he currently J-O-B-L-E-S-S, he’s made a mess and mockery out of what should have been a worthy cause to protest.
One obvious thing (at least to me) that has been lost in this debate is the fact that I don’t know where anyone, other than the overpaid Prima Donnas that play in the NFL, think they have the “right” to go to work and protest on their employer’s time and dime! Seriously…in what other profession can a person do that…and there not be some sort of retribution for doing so? I understand we live in a world today where everyone is self-absorbed and thinks simply because they breathe oxygen, their “precious” lives and opinions matter. At the same time though, do these players really think that they, and their opinions, are really that important?
The answer to that is simple…they do. Because of the fact that they are getting overpaid ridiculous amounts of money, providing them pseudo-confidence that over-inflates their already ridiculously large egos, NFL players really do think their lives and their opinions are that important. I’ve read and heard over and over, by the not-so-lustrous masses, that the divas in the NFL are “right” in using their platform to highlight social injustice. As a fan, let me tell you what I think about that.
I don’t watch football…or any other sport…because of a player’s beliefs or opinions. In fact…I don’t give a damn what a player believes or thinks. A player in the NFL gets overpaid to do three very simple actions…throw ball, catch ball, run with ball (I know, no love for the defense…the unsung heroes of the NFL). That is what I watch football for. What a player does with their time and money, off the field, is their business. When a player is on the field though…they are on my time…and because I pay to watch a player play a game, it’s my “right” to dictate what they do or don’t do. Today’s self-absorbed, self-entitled NFL players aren’t using their platform to highlight social injustice. What they are doing is abusing their platform by forcing me, the fan, to listen to their beliefs and opinions even though I may not think the same as they do.
One last item of note….a lot of the million dollar divas that play in today’s NFL have taken to social media to disparage the President of the United States. Too often, too many players have taken to calling The President an “idiot” for daring to call them out for their childish behavior. It’s about to get hot…let me explain something here real quick. A person doesn’t become President of the United States by being an “idiot”. This is a man who is responsible for the welfare of an entire country.
Unlike the divas of the NFL, who get overpaid to do one thing…play a game. That’s right “grown” man…you get paid to P-L-A-Y. The only responsibility you have is to put your jock strap on correctly (and somehow, some manage to fuck up even that simple…yet vital…task). If the NFL were to fold at this very instant, life…and the things that truly matter in life…would still go on. The only “idiot” here are the overpaid NFL divas that really believe they are somehow more important than the President of the United States…because they play a game.
The latest decision regarding that pesky “National Anthem issue” in the NFL is the right decision. Despite the fact that the overpaid divas, and their not-so-lustrous supporters, believe this infringes on a players “right” to freedom of speech, it was a necessary decision. The NFL literally cannot afford not to address this issue. Today’s self-absorbed, self-entitled players/divas don’t get that. They also don’t get the fact that they aren’t getting paid for their opinions or beliefs…and that no, you really don’t have the “right” to protest when you’re on the field in the name of freedom of speech. Colin Kaepernick started this mess….he also is to blame for the message being distorted. Colin Kaepernick isn’t a hero…he’s a shit-bag. And to those that support him, as well as the NFL divas that disparage the President of the United States (and those that support them)…you’re a shit-bag too. Damn straight, snowflake.
Damn right, snowflake :o)