It’s back, NFL fans.
Oh yeah, it’s back. NFL players are taking a knee and/or raising a clenched fist to the heavens in protest of what they believe to be discriminatory treatment of minorities in America.
And they were doing it during the National Anthem at the first round of NFL preseason games.
Gotta’ love it.
You know it’s annoying the president. You know it has executives in the league offices in New York in a state of consternation despite their league-wide order not to allow this while they negotiate with the NFLPA over how to handle it.
The NFL players who have participated in these activities have long ago explained why; they do it to promote awareness of how minorities are treated in this country, especially in the wake of police shootings of blacks. They have been detailed, explicit and sincere. It’s not a protest against the flag or the anthem: it’s a protest against the wrongs by the right…
…Wing, that is.
Listen to Malcolm Jenkins of the Super Bowl-champion Eagles explain why he raises a fist.
This is not anti-American, as the excuse-for-a-president would have you believe. He wants players who kneel or raise a fist out of the league. And, maybe even out of the country.
The NFL is 75 percent black players. Many came from poor backgrounds. They know what these protest statements mean. They’ve lived them.
Many take from the millions they earn, which the president gripes about, and pour them back into the communities in which they play or came from to help underprivileged kids avoid the pitfalls that befell them at the same age.
Which NFL players do this? Lots of guys. Deshaun Watson. Patrick Peterson. LeSean McCoy. J.J. Watt. Tyreek Hill. And so many more.
But do you ever hear the president praise them for this? Do you ever hear the president praise them for visiting kids’ hospitals and giving them hope, autographed goodies and most importantly, smiles?
Did you ever hear the president praise Super Bowl champion Chris Long of the Eagles donate his entire salary last year to educational assistance?
No, you only hear the president rip them for not standing, for raising a fist in the names of shooting victims everywhere — from Missouri to Texas to Ohio to Florida.
The president has already said he believes Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan did nothing wrong while an assistant coach at Ohio State before that investigation is even over as to whether he knew about sexual abuses against athletes on the team that were allegedly reported directly to him — even though one of his accusers has walked that back.
Remember that the president calling out these players has his own problems with what he calls “s—thole’ countries and MS-13 invading America (it started in Los Angeles) and didn’t even know the words to “God Bless America” nor the National Anthem when he had chances to sing them on national TV.
Those football-related events were the celebration he ordered after he uninvited the Super Bowl champions to a White House honorary event and when he accompanied the American flag out on the field when Alabama played Georgia for the national title, respectively.
But he’s mad at football players for kneeling during the anthem. At least they know the words.