Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 11th, 2017
Here we go again. Spineless Roger Goodell finally decided to do his job, and ingrate protesters & pundits had to play the race card over the national anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear in a letter sent Tuesday to all 32 teams that he wants players to stand during the anthem. He did not provide specifics about how he intends to ensure it, but he wrote that it would “include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, speaking on Adam Schefter’s Know Them From Adam podcast, said he thinks there might “be an uproar” if NFL players are forced to stand for the national anthem reports ESPN.
“I don’t think guys are gonna like it,” McCoy said, when asked about the possible reaction from players. “I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys wanna have a, I guess you would call it a peaceful protest, I don’t think it’s right to take that away.”
McCoy, an eight-year veteran and one of the Bucs’ defensive captains, said he does not plan on kneeling during the anthem.
ESPN “Sportscaster” Michael Wilbon, compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner according to the Washington Times.
Wilbon, co-host of “Pardon the Interruption,” took issue with Mr. Jones’ stance that players who do not stand for the national anthem before football games will not play.
“And the word that comes to my mind―and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it―is plantation,” Mr. Wilbon said on Monday’s show. “The players are here to serve me, and they will do what I want. No matter how much I pay them, they are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.”
ESPN declined to comment on Mr. Wilbon’s remarks.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday that any Cowboys player who disrespects the flag will not play. The Dolphins also implemented a new policy that players on the field or sideline must stand during the anthem, although they also have the option of remaining in the locker room or the tunnel until the anthem is finished.
Meanwhile, an outspoken longtime fan of the NFL who is now calling for a boycott laid out a possible solution for the NFL to bring back respectability to the league.
1: Fire Roger Goodell immediately. Fans hate him, and they hate what he’s done to the NFL. He’s turned a rough and tumble sport that reveled in its necessary violence into a politically-correct, pansy shadow of its former self. Goodell has to go, and the sooner the better. Someone like Mike Ditka would be much better, but whomever it may be is going to have to be a hard-nosed son of a bitch that won’t bend to snowflake’s demands.
2: The new NFL Commissioner needs to issue a sincere apology to the fans for the protests. That is a must. We the fans deserve it for being abused by the league with this protest nonsense. We are the customer, and the customer is always right.
3: All players will stand for the national anthem, and any non-football related behavior on the field can result in banishment from the league.
4: Institute a zero-tolerance policy for felonious criminal behavior by players. Literally ZERO tolerance. Get a felony, kiss your career goodbye upon conviction.
Here’s how that could work. Any player currently in the league, just to be fair, can be grandfathered in until their contract is up. Upon completion of the contract, they are banned from playing in the league. Put clauses in the rules, and in player contracts that are very clear. ANY felonious criminal behavior, or actions that are detrimental to the league will result in voluntary termination of the player’s contract and banishment for life from the league. Any guaranteed money will be pro-rated to the point of when the felony was committed.
I believe that if these policies are strictly enforced, the NFL stands a reasonable chance, with time, to regain their fan base, and as an added bonus, no one will be calling the league the National Felons League.
Everyone wins. Fans get to watch the game they love, players are held accountable, and America doesn’t get disrespected.
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