Things are bad for the NFL. For some strange reason, they decided to adopt the anthem kneeling and let it go on without fines or suspensions. Then, things got so crazy that entire teams were hiding in the locker room rather than stand and pretend to care about the country for 2 minutes.
As you can imagine, fans were furious.
Who wants to be lectured by millionaire athletes about politics when they tune into an NFL game?
Turns out, not many people.
A Fox News poll just put America’s anger into stunning perspective.
From Fox News:
The National Football League is taking some hits these days. A new Fox News Poll finds that since 2013, the league’s favorable rating has dropped 18 points.
Today, 46 percent of voters have a positive view of the N.F.L. while 41 percent view it negatively. Four years ago (the last time the question was asked), 64 percent had a positive view of the league and 19 percent were critical.
The downward shift on favorability comes mainly from Republicans (-37 points), whites (-23 points), men (-23 points), and independents (-14 points).
Majorities of Democrats and nonwhites continue to have a favorable view of the N.F.L, yet there’s also a drop in favorability among these groups. Positive sentiment among Democrats is down 6 points (66 percent in 2013 to 60 percent now) while among nonwhites it is down 3 (64-61 percent).
Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
You have to wonder how much longer this charade is going to carry on.
All the NFL has to do is follow their own operations manual.
From Washington Post:
Yes, athletes do have a constitutional right to engage in speech that is offensive to millions of Americans. But the First Amendment does not protect them from the consequences of their offensive speech. There is no constitutional right to play professional football. If an NFL player stood on the sidelines and hurled racial epithets, his speech would be protected by the First Amendment. He would also be fired.
The NFL’s game operations manual says that “all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem” and must “stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking” or face discipline “such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s).” The league regularly penalizes players for dancing in the end zone, but it allows players to violate the rules regarding the national anthem with impunity.
Why not just do that? Fine and then suspend players who kneel.
The problem would be over tomorrow.
The only logical conclusion is that the NFL agrees with kneeling.