Labor Day is approaching and right behind it is fall. And so is football.
The Thursday after Labor Day is the kickoff of the professional football season. The National Football League is the biggest sports enterprise in America. Football remains the most popular sport in America.
And the NFL has decided it is going to be a very liberal organization.
The most recent instance of this has been the controversy over one really bad quarterback. Colin Kaepernick was drafted in 2011 to much acclaim. By 2015, that acclaim had fizzled. Last season, as his team, the San Francisco 49ers collapsed, Kaepernick was benched.
This year didn’t look much better for him. So what did he do?
He decided to go into full controversial mode and not stand for the National Anthem at a preseason game last week. When asked about it, he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
A lot of football fans were justifiably outraged by Kaepernick’s comments. While they should be, the NFL is getting a free pass on its liberal bias. The 49ers released the kind of moronic bland statement you expect out of corporate America. They said, “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
The NFL added, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”
The NFL only encourages players to stand for the National Anthem. Honoring America is optional. Guess what happens if you don’t honor an NFL sponsor? You get fined. Just as Colin Kaepernick, who was fined $10,000 in October 2015 for wearing the wrong headphones around his neck at a postgame press conference.
The NFL is sometimes referred to as the National Felon League. They certainly show more affinity for felons than they do for their fans. Last year, four members of the Saint Louis Rams came out of the tunnel for a game with their hands up in the air, symbolizing the left wing, “hands up, don’t shoot meme.” Others showed up at practice or other events wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts.
The NFL did nothing.
On July 7, 2016, a Black Lives Matters terrorist killed six Dallas police officers. The Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor those police officers with a decal on the back of their helmets this season. While the NFL falls all over itself to support radicals, honoring six police officers who gave their lives for the community, is simply too much. The NFL said no to the Cowboy’s request for the memorial decal.
This is the same NFL that threatened in 2014 to pull the Super Bowl from Arizona unless then Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a religious freedom bill. This is the same NFL that fell all over itself trying to find an openly homosexual player. (They did and he was a bust).
The NFL does have the right to tell idiots like Colin Kaepernick to stand for the National Anthem. They are his employer and the 1st Amendment does not apply to your employer.
But the NFL has made its choice. It can choose to show support for the radicals or it can show support for real Americans.
Perhaps it is time fans started making their choices too.