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November 12th, 2017
Fans have delivered quit a beating to the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem, making their demands for criminal affirmative action.
But when you look closely, you see that it’s really a tale of two leftarded cities who really have no business telling anyone anything, let alone claiming some sort of moral high ground, Seattle and San Francisco.
Throughout the season, the vast majority of those refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” play for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, teams nestled in famously left-wing locales and led by owners who sought to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
That doesn’t include blips like Sept. 25, which saw nearly 200 players kneel in reaction to President Trump’s suggestion that owners should fire protesters, or Oct. 29, when all but 10 of the Houston Texans took a knee after owner Bob McNair said the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
But those days were distinct exceptions. Most Sundays look more like Nov. 5, when 11 of the 15 players who sat or knelt for the national anthem wore the uniforms of the Seahawks or 49ers, according to the ESPN tally.
Along with being located in infamously leftarded cities, the teams have something else in common: owners who aren’t Trump fans.
Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks, contributed nearly $30,000 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, and another $24,300 to the Democratic National Committee, while San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York chipped in $1,000 to elect Mrs. Clinton.
Another key factor for both teams has been the racism of player-activists in the locker rooms.
In San Francisco, safety Eric Reid picked up this year where former quarterback Colin Kaepernick left off, leading the take-a-knee protests on the field and emerging as the NFL’s unofficial player spokesman on the issue.
That’s apparently fine with the 49ers faithful. “California fans either are on board with the protest or they respect their right to protest,” said Solomon Burke, a season ticket-holder who runs a fan page.
In Seattle, defensive end Michael Bennett has been similarly racist, telling reporters that “I just want to use my platform to continuously speak on injustice,” and spearheading holding the league hostage in his demands that minorities not be held accountable to the law.
He and five other Seahawks sat on the bench last weekend during the national anthem, while one player took a knee.
Rutherford said the importance of Bennett’s role cannot be overstated.
“If Michael Bennett didn’t sit, I don’t think anyone else would have,” she said. “He’s a known player for Seattle, a Pro Bowler, and if he didn’t take the first steps with sitting down, I don’t think anyone else would have had the courage to, to be honest.”
The Seattle team has followed up by launching the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, supposedly aimed at “addressing equality and justice,” while the 49ers partnered with law-enforcement unions to call for a ban on firearms accessories like “bump stocks,” armor-piercing bullets, and silencers.
The San Francisco organization plans to spend $500,000 on the effort, launched after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting.
Remove San Francisco and Seattle from the equation, and only a handful of player protesters are left.
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon has consistently taken a knee, and Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch — a former Seahawk — always sits.
Three Miami Dolphins players took a knee last weekend after spending the previous few weeks in the locker room.
Coach Adam Gase had asked players to stay in the locker room or tunnel rather than protest, but relaxed the rule after they reportedly told him that keeping off the field for the anthem was interfering with their game preparation.
The NFL has struggled this year with declining ratings and ticket prices, which has been attributed largely due to fan outrage over the take-a-knee protests.
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