Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my “Jackwagon” of the Year award. This year’s recipient is none other than Colin Kaepernick. Earlier this year, the this jackwagon started taking a knee at NFL games during the playing of the National Anthem. This controversial move caused an uproar across the nation and has also paved the way for other NFL players to protest during the playing of the National Anthem. Colin “Jackwagon” Kaepernick made this statement:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Let me say this up front, I spent 21 years in the United States Air Force defending this idiot’s right to have freedom of speech. I agree and support freedom of speech. However, I do believe you can have tact while doing so. To me, this protest is just like burning the American flag. Unfortunately, a lot of people agree with this idiot. I for one, do not. Let me reiterate, I agree that he has a right to protest any way he chooses. I do not agree with the method he chose.
Secondly, this country doesn’t oppress Black people and other people of color. Are there some bad people in this country, there sure are…of all colors.
During Hurricane Irma, does it look like these people are being oppressed?
During the Baltimore Riots, do these people look like they’re being oppressed?
How about this fellow?
It looks like pandemonium to me. It looks like martial law! Do black lives matter? Absolutely. In fact, not only do black lives matter, but ALL lives matter. Actually, twice as many white people are killed by police each year than black people. Google it. But this is why Colin Kaepernick is taking a knee. This is why he’s no longer standing during the National Anthem.
Now, all sorts of NFL players are “taking a knee” in protest of reasons they do not know. These players are only doing it because their teammates are doing it. I call those kinds of people “Lemmings.” If you want to protest, then by all means, take advantage of that opportunity, stand in the street with a sign and protest all day long, but don’t do it at a sporting event, especially one that I buy a ticket to. I did not spend hundreds of dollars to see player protest our National Anthem, it’s a direct slap in the face of patriotism.
The playing if the National Anthem before football games has been around since the end of WW II. According to a source at Axios.com, then NFL commissioner Elmer Layden said, “The playing of the national anthem should be as much a part of every game as the kickoff. We must not drop it simply because the war is over. We should never forget what it stands for (Kight, 2017).” Combined with the display of the American flag, the playing of the National Anthem allows us a time to remember those that have given their lives in defense of this great country. We honor this tradition by standing in reverence of those that provided the very blanket of freedom each and every one of us sleeps so comfortably under each night. Now those that take a knee are basically spitting in the face of our military, past, present, and future. To me, it’s despicable.
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, recently made a statement on 9 October that said, “There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other. We will not disrespect the flag (Gaydos, 2017).” As the employer of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones has the right (as does every other NFL owner) to deliver ultimatums to their players. He is their employer. When those players take the field with their uniforms on, they represent the teams they work for. They get paid TO PLAY A GAME! These player’s are a bunch of spoiled millionaires. So it is each owner’s right to make them stand or let them sit. The issue is very simple. Jones went on to say, “I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag … We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”
I’m not too certain that Jerry Jones believes now that the National Football League is going to “stand” for the flag. Today the NFL released a statement that said it is committing $90 million to a new social justice initiative that supports efforts and programs to combat social inequality (NFL…, 2017). So in fact, the NFL is really buying Colin Kaepernick’s protest for $90 million dollars and is going to give it to social inequality initiatives in the hood. This is money that is going to be paid to some of the player’s social initiatives in exchange for them to stand during the National Anthem. And the real kick in the shin is that the players didn’t even agree that they would stand, the NFL is just trying to buy them off. There are rumors that in order to triage the multitude of fans leaving and poor ratings, the NFL is going to require all players to be in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem. This will ensure the protests of taking a knee will go away. Sadly, not all players are represented in this effort by the NFL. Some of the players have formed a “Players Coalition” that consists of about 50 NFL players. The NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) is not involved in this effort.
The real kick in the teeth is this, according to Rush Limbaugh, “The money to pay for African-American social justice warrior causes would come from money already allocated to breast cancer awareness and salute to military service (Limbaugh, 2017)!” The NFL is not giving up any new money, they’re taking it from Breast Cancer awareness and when the NFL salutes military service! That’s just a big slap in the face. Thank you NFL.
But I know this, I can vote with my wallet. I can vote with my TV remote control. I will not watch any more NFL games as I am DONE with the NFL. I will no longer play fantasy football. I will no longer pay one red cent to attend a NFL game or purchase any NFL merchandise. If everyone did this, the NFL would no longer exist, and that would be completely fine with me. There are many other sports that the players are not trying to “take a knee” and protest during the playing of the National Anthem. There are many other sports that the players actually realize how blessed they actually are and how fortunate they are to be able to get paid to play a game. I can, and will, watch those sports from now on. Goodbye NFL and hello NHL!!!
I guess a big “thank you” is in order for the Jackwagon of the year. He just saved me a ton of cash.
Gaydos, R. (2017, October 9). Jerry Jones gives Cowboys players ultimatum: Stand for anthem or sit for game. Retrieved December 1, 2017, from http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/10/09/jerry-jones-gives-cowboys-players-ultimatum-stand-for-anthem-or-sit-for-game.html
Kight, Stef W. 2017. “The history of singing the national anthem before NFL games .” Axios. Retrieved December 1, 2017 (https://www.axios.com/why-is-the-national-anthem-played-before-sporting-events-2489733304.html).
Limbaugh, R. (2017, December 1). NFL to Purloin Money from Breast Cancer Research and Redirect It to Social Justice Cases in the ‘Hood! Retrieved December 1, 2017, from https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/12/01/nfl-to-purloin-money-from-breast-cancer-research-and-redirect-it-to-social-justice-cases-in-the-hood/
NFL working with players, teams on social justice initiative. (2017, December 1). Retrieved December 1, 2017, from http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000886089/article/nfl-working-with-players-teams-on-social-justice-initiative