Just before the start of Monday night football this week, when the Kansas City Chiefs were playing the Washington Redskins, all the players on both teams with the exception of two individuals decided to sit on the bench during the national anthem. The two players who decided to sit on the bench play for the Kansas City Chiefs, and their names are Marcus Peters who is a cornerback, and Ukeme Eligwe who is a linebacker. Both of these players thought it would be appropriate to disrespect their fans, the national anthem, and veterans not less than 24 hours after the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada during a Jason Aldean concert.
Speaking about this disgusting display, Bill O’Reilly astutely pointed out that because Marcus Peters is a start player for the Kansas City Chiefs, he knew full well he could get away with sitting on the bench during the national anthem. “The worst offender is a guy named Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs,” he said during the Tuesday edition of his daily podcast (only available to premium members). “So, he sits down. He’s got a surly look on his face and he’s an all pro. This guy is a good player. So, the Chiefs aren’t going to do anything to him.” Bill O’Reilly hit the nail square on the head. These star players know that their excellent performance on the field will allow them to get away with this abhorrent behavior. However, if fans keep tuning out, and not coming to the games, this trend may soon change.
Two Chiefs, Marcus Peters & Ukeme Eligwe, sat for the National Anthem tonight pic.twitter.com/Bls1n7knfv
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 3, 2017
The National Football League is already starting to feel the financial consequences of allowing the players to spit on fans, veterans, and the national anthem. The embattled league has seen ticket sales drop at a rate of 17.9% just a few weeks ago, viewership is on a steady decline, and sponsors are pulling their support for the NFL. Meanwhile, fans are burning tickets, team apparel, and are vowing to not only boycott the NFL, but also any company that does business with the NFL.
Both sitting, ones a hero the other is not,can you tell which one? Jonathan Smith saved 30 lives,Marcus Peters sat during moment of silence pic.twitter.com/NpdLssS0S9
— David ShoelessJoe🇺🇸 (@yohiobaseball) October 3, 2017
President Trump correctly stated via Twitter that, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” This statement is proving to be true, and the NFL now stands to lose billions in addition to the federal funding they enjoy for their fancy stadiums.
These self-entitled NFL crybabies are on a collision course with the real world and are going to see how much power the fans really have. Ratings continue to drop, local bars and restaurants are refusing to show games, and DIRECTTV has even provided a large amount of refunds to fans who had subscribed to Sunday NFL Ticket.
The Kansas City Chiefs did not issue any statement after the game regarding these two players sitting during the national anthem. Fans were none too pleased with Marcus Peters and Ukeme Eligwe, and they let it be known. The front office of the Kansas City Chiefs should be ashamed of themselves.
As the season continues into week 5, former NFL fans continue to show how serious they are about boycotting the NFL. A quick search on Facebook and you can find numerous videos of fans burning season tickets, team apparel, and in one case, one man got his entire neighborhood in New England to burn the jerseys of Patriots players who took a knee for the national anthem.
Former NFL sponsor, Steve Kalafer, owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country touched on the failings of the league and commissioner Roger Goodell by 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 cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks. As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of ‘social justice’ and ‘freedom of speech,’ it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming.” This lack of direction is permanently tarnishing the image of the NFL and will be the cause of the leagues downfall if they fail to provide this much needed direction and lesson in respecting America.