Recently, the President of the United States called out certain NFL and NBA players for their selfish, self-entitled actions. The tit-for-tat Twitter exchanges that took place afterwards were rather humorous… rather childish too. Indeed, even LeBron James jumped into the mix with his unsolicited opinions, ultimately calling President Trump a “bum”.
What isn’t humorous is today’s reactions throughout the NFL. In a show of solidarity and support, seemingly entire teams are kneeling during the National Anthem as a show of force against the President’s comments. As games started, camera’s panned over certain players with their arm stretched out, fist clenched tightly, in a power pose of protest and defiance. For the most part, it seems the NFL, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and majority of fans all support (and actively encourage) these players right to “freedom of speech” and protest.
However…this fan does not…
There is a time and a place for everything…and the sideline is neither the time nor place for players to display their political beliefs. I don’t give a damn what a player does, thinks, or says off the field. Come game day, all I want is for players to do what they are paid to do…play the game! The very reason I watch sports is to catch a break from our highly politicized world. The very last thing I want to see is some over-paid diva making a political statement.
That brings up the next point…players that protest are nothing more than hypocrites. They protest the very system that enables them to make ridiculous amounts of money playing a child’s game!!! Players seem to think that because they make millions of dollars, their opinions matter. Guess what…it doesn’t!!!! I don’t give a damn what players think!! Their opinions on matters other than the game mean nothing to me! As a fan, all I want players to do is STFU and play the game! Too many players, as well as others in the entertainment industry, abuse their money and position to force their opinions upon others…others that don’t want to hear, or care, what these divas think.
Despite the fact I enjoy watching NFL football, my love of country is stronger. Like hell I will support an entity that actively encourages its workers to disparage Flag and Country. What NFL players fail to realize is in their selfish, self-entitled quest to advance their own personal, political agendas, they are slowly and systematically alienating the very fans that pay their paycheck.
Roger Goodell is quick to fine players that wear patriotic cleats but will stand behind players that blatantly disrespect this country. This too makes Roger Goodell a spineless hypocrite. As of this day, I will not watch another NFL game. More importantly, I will not waste a single cent on NFL “merch”, until Mr. Goodell grows a pair and addresses this issue properly.
Oh…and as for the morally conscious LeBron James…who chased the big money down to Miami? You did, you hypocritical fuck…the only “bum” here is you!