Last weekend’s mass anthem protests have lead to talks of an NFL boycott. Players from just about every NFL team had multiple players kneeling during the anthem. Some teams didn’t even come out at all.
A-lot has been written about these protests. One of the common things we hear is that “the players have a right to protest”. Nobody disputes that. What people object to is the blatant disrespect of our national anthem and how some of the richest, most privileged people the world has ever known think they can lecture everyday Americans on social issues.
I’ve seen lots of articles shared on social media about how people who object to anthem protests don’t “get it”. The reality is that the anthem protests are just another side effect of mainstream media division. Just like with Charlottesville, mainstream pundits from CNN to Fox News have used this event to stoke racial tensions.
Despite the fact that several prominent black Americans have criticized the anthem protests, including George Foreman, the media continues to say that this is purely a racial issue. CNN ran this garbage, race-baiting headline, Colbert did his typical pretentious monologue, and the drones just share away.
The reality is that the American flag is a symbol that unites all Americans regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other factor. Do players have the right to protest? Of course they do. But players are nothing more than entertainers and are paid by the consumer. When Americans see NFL players kneeling for the anthem, they take that as a disrespect to what binds this nation together.
And let’s be real folks. The people who are hyping up this issue are the same people who were praising Kim Jong-Un last week for calling Trump a “dotard”. Their anti-western values aren’t even hidden anymore. Take Shaun King for example.
King, a black lives matter activist who has played a prominent role in the anthem protests, has praised Antifa and attended communist rallies. This is a man who truly hates this country but masks it under the guise of fighting “oppression”.
The sad fact is that King and those like him are nothing new. These people never waste an opportunity to make something into a race issue. From Baltimore to Charlottesville, they line their pockets off of manufactured outrage while their communities suffer at their expense.
What is new, however, is athletes using their platform to lecture everyday Americans. Athletes have always used their platform for various stances, including politics, but never before have we seen it on this scale.
When asked about a potential NFL boycott, Delanie Walker’s response was quite clear.
“Fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that”
Of course the irony in this is that Walker is an employee who is telling those that pay his salary to take a hike. Walker is just one of several players across multiple leagues who spoke out this weekend.
Of course the writing has been on the wall. For years now, garbage networks like ESPN have hyped up athletes to be these god-like figures who must be worshiped. The end result is that we have people who are lucky enough to make millions of dollars playing a game thinking their wisdom is worth sharing with the world.
The worst offender in all this is Lebron James. After making absurd comments following Charlottesville where he essentially blamed President Trump for the violence, Lebron outdid himself.
He first took to Twitter to call President Trump a “bum” for his comments on Steph Curry, then treated us all to a garbage video monologue. You can hear in his voice that the man honestly believes he is just spitting absolute knowledge to us silly peasants. He talked about the “divide” Charlottesville caused but failed to mention that he essentially called half the country Nazis due to the actions of one individual. Then, in a grand finale of stupid, Lebron talked about the issue at length in a press conference. “You might have made a mistake, and that’s ok” he said in reference to Trump voters.
We have pampered and hyped up celebrities so much that they have forgotten what they are, court jesters. Nobody working a grueling 9-5 job for peanuts wants to be lectured by a man who went to the NBA straight out of high school and has been a millionaire ever since. The fact that he talks in such a condescending, self-righteous tone is just the icing on the cake.
Boycott the NFL to send a message to these pampered brats that their behavior will no longer be tolerated. Boycott the NFL to deny anti-american entities another platform to divide us. Boycott the NFL because your hard earned money should be spent on you, and not outlandish contracts for athletes. Boycott the NFL for their absurd record on domestic violence, corrupt commissioner, and the CTE crisis that weren’t even touched in this opinion piece.
Most importantly, boycott the NFL because you want it to go back to what it was. My whole life I have looked forward to football on Sundays. It is a time where all Americans, regardless of our political leanings, can put things aside and be entertained. No matter your political leanings, the politicization of sports should trouble us all. Like the flag, if we destroy the symbols/events that divide us we will have nothing left but our differences.
That is what those who seek to divide us want, so don’t give it to them.