The NFL protests have certainly become a hot-button issue ever since Donald Trump recommended that owners fire players for kneeling during the National Anthem, and things have only gotten worse since game day. Millions of people all across the country are burning their jerseys in protest, and ratings have been dropping significantly all across the league. What did they really expect anyway? The majority of their fan base will not tolerate the blatant disrespect the players have been showing to the country or to the many who have fought and died defending this country.
At first, the majority of NFL owners responded defiantly to the President;s remarks stating they believed their players had the right to protest in a peaceful manner and perhaps they are right. The kicker is that fans also have the right to stop watching a bunch of divas who are there to entertain us and not to make a political stand.
According to The Hill:
“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL,” Murphy said in a statement. “We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact.”
“We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”
Trump blasted athletes who protest the national anthem during football games during a fiery campaign rally on Friday, saying that NFL coaches should fire players that do so.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired,'” he said.
Trump doubled down on his criticism on Saturday, writing in a tweet that players that take knee in protest of the anthem should be fired from the NFL and “find something else to do.”
Things have certainly changed since Mark Murphy made that statement. The NFL has seen a dramatic drop in ratings and attendance, and there is only so long the owners will allow their players to protest. Money makes the world go round and if there are no fans, then there can be no NFL which means no money for CEO’s. After all the NFL is a business. On Monday night, The Daily Caller received a phone call that blew them away.
The Daily Caller Reported:
An NFL owner reached out to The Daily Caller Monday night to express his extreme displeasure with players protesting the National Anthem.
“I am f*****g livid right now. I see this s**t and I lose my mind. It needs to end immediately,” the owner stated during the brief phone conversation on background Monday.
“I’ll give up football completely and find something else to do with my time if this continues,” he added. “This horse s**t must end. These players are so out of touch. They disrespect our flag and then wonder why Trump won. It’s a no-brainer. This is so disrespectful.”
“People will run to college football over the NFL in droves if these protests continue,” the owner concluded at the end of the conversation.
Protests swept across the league Sunday, and hundreds of players refused to get up and stand for the anthem.
To be clear, the owner we spoke with is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. We feel this makes him uniquely qualified to put his finger on the pulse of everyday Americans, as opposed to possibly out of touch billionaires that own other NFL franchises.
The writing is on the wall, and the owners are beginning to see that. If ratings continue to drop the way they are, the owners will have no choice but to begin disciplinary action for the players. The NFL is a business and it requires a steady flow of money to stay in operation. There is a time and place for protests, but not while on the job. It’s time for a change and I think that change will be coming much sooner rather than later.