Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence attended the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game this past Sunday, but their presence was short lived. During the national anthem, a few of the players on the San Francisco 49ers decided to take a knee, and Vice President Mike Pence was having none of it. After these disrespectful players took a knee, the Vice President and his wife left the game.
The response of the NFL Players Association was what one would expect from an unpatriotic and ignorant organization. The statement read, “Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention. It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil, and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other. We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.” Hiding behind the veil of fake decency, this was the NFL Players Association’s way of saying that they are fine disrespecting the national anthem, along with the fans, military veterans, and active duty service members who fight for these NFL cry-babies to have the opportunity to make millions of dollars.
What the NFL Players Association and the NFL leadership fail to realize and acknowledge is that the majority of fans do not perceive these protests as respectful or constructive. Fans have burned their tickets, team apparel, and the financial consequences of these disrespectful protests are starting to develop. The NFL is the least popular professional sports league, ticket sales are down dramatically, viewership is the worst it has been in years, and several sponsors have already pulled their advertisements from the NFL. In one instance a few weeks ago, the viewership was so bad that the NFL was forced to refund advertisers money back.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke about him and his wife leaving the game early, saying, “I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” In response, a player from the San Francisco 49ers, Eric Reid, called the VP’s actions a political stunt saying, “This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.” Maybe Mr. Reid would like to expound upon what efforts he is talking about?
These kneeling NFL players have done nothing to solve the problems which they are protesting for. At last count, none of them have donated their time, money, or influence to fixing things like young black teens murdering each other in Chicago or addressing the many socio-economic issues plaguing the African-American community. Mr. Reid and his like-minded brethren are not interested in doing anything of substance. They are only interested in pouting like a 3-year-old child who can’t have extra ice cream.
As the 2017 NFL season continues, fans remain at home not watching games, and spending their discretionary income elsewhere. Some notable sponsors who have pulled their advertisements from the NFL, including CEO Allan Jones of Check Into Cash, and Steve Kalafer, owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country, have made it clear they and their partners want nothing to do with the NFL or their ungrateful players. Mr. Kalafer had a very strong message for the commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell and league leadership saying, “The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem. We have canceled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks.” Mr. Kalafer is not alone, and many business owners who would otherwise do business with the NFL are afraid to do so for fear of being boycotted while others simply want nothing to do with the sinking ship that is the NFL.
The NFL, like the cities of Detroit and Chicago have been ruined because of corrupt and obtuse leftists who think it is politically cool to disrespect America. As the NFL is now witnessing their demise, it seems they show no remorse or even care for the fans who for years have contributed to the NFL and made it what it once was.