Will You Boycott The NFL Since Owners Enacted The “No Kneeling” Rule?
Thank you, Colin Kaepernick.
Thanks to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, the 30-year-old not only brought more awareness of police brutality to the greatest American stage – football – but almost two years after he first kneeled during the national anthem, he is exposing the NFL for what it is – an organization dedicated to controlling its players.
Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement declaring that all league and team personnel are required to stand for the national anthem if they are on the field. If they do not, then they will be fined. However, the players do have another option – they can stay in their locker rooms.
“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed,” the statement reads.
According to ESPN, Goodell said the vote was “unanimous” among owners, but San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said he abstained, which in my opinion, is the same as agreeing to it. In addition, this new rule is not subject to collective bargaining, which means the players’ union will not be able to negotiate this out of the league’s game operations manual.
The players’ union, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), said that the team owners did not ask for their input on this new policy. In a statement they posted on social media, the organization “will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”
Well, they might be able to “challenge” it, but since it’s not subject to collective bargaining, how can they change it?
This is where we the people come in. The NFL would have no league if it weren’t for the viewers. Their (white) decision to censor how (black) players decide to protest police brutality or any other social issue, is not only a control issue, but it’s enforcing white supremacy.
Kaepernick, of course, commented, but he retweeted a post from criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos captioned “#NFLCollusion,” which is a dig to Cheeto-In-Chief possibly having something to do with this new change.
A Trump-Goodell collusion doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering what Dolt 45 said to Fox News this morning.
“You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” he said.
Remember how Trump said that there were “very fine people” who led a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA last year, which led to one woman being killed? But these NFL players “shouldn’t be in the country?” Mmmkay.
So, to all of you, will you be boycotting the next football season?
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford