Just because the NFL regular season has now come to a close, it doesn’t mean that the national anthem protests are over yet – they are likely going to continue all the way up to the Super Bowl.
The most tumultuous year in National Football League history was marked by the hijacking of the game by a cadre of race-obsessed multimillionaire militants who decided that spitting on the flag, dishonoring the military and veterans and hating on the police was a message that would resonate with the public.
They were wrong. NFL television ratings took an unprecedented plunge as patriotic fans who were not only offended by the actions of grievance mongers but liked their sports served up without a side of radical leftist politics.
The inspirational leader for the national anthem protests – Colin Kaepernick – never played a game in 2017 but his disciples defiled the sidelines with their anti-American antics and many will continue to do so in the playoffs.
Sunday’s slate of games featured many of these Prima Donnas continuing with their act…
— The Hill (@thehill) January 1, 2018
More than a dozen NFL players protested during or right after the national anthem on Sunday, the final weekend of the league’s regular season.
Nine Seattle Seahawks players sat or knelt during the anthem prior to the teams’ game, as they have throughout the season. Michael Bennett, Marcus Smith, Frank Clark, Dion Jordan and others were among those demonstrating, The Associated Press reported.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews remained off the field during the national anthem before his team’s game, while his teammates, Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey, raised their fists once the anthem ended.
Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins also knelt prior to his team’s game while the anthem played.
San Francisco 49ers players Reuben Foster, Marquise Goodwin, Louis Murphy and Eric Reid all knelt during the anthem before their team’s game, according to The AP.
The numbers are way down from week three when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell all but ordered players to protest after comments made by President Trump on the kneelers. It was on that week that hundreds of players took their knees, stayed in the locker rooms or sat on their rumps because they hated Trump, many of them admitted it.
The league eventually got the numbers down although the trash-talking Seattle Seahawks continued to have the most players protesting, this happened again yesterday in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Had a bit more attention been paid to the playbook instead of sticking it to the white supremacist society that made them millionaires, they may have made the playoffs.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 15, 2017
According to ESPN:
Seattle Seahawks: The same Seahawks who have either sat or knelt during the national anthem for much of the season did the same thing before the team’s regular-season finale against Arizona. Those sitting again were: Dion Jordan, Paul Dawson, Frank Clark, Marcus Smith, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Jarran Reed, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson. All but Dawson — a linebacker — are defensive linemen. Left tackle Duane Brown took a knee next to those players while center Justin Britt stood next to him with his hand on Brown’s shoulder in support.
A small number of teams with protesters still made the playoffs where they will continue their act on a bigger stage.
Will the fans who have boycotted the games give in or will they have the will to tune out the postseason as well? The NFL is counting on people not being able to overcome their addiction to the product once the playoffs start.
For those who are disgusted with the politicizing of the NFL, it is more important than ever to continue boycotting in the postseason where the league will be made to feel the pain and this is especially the case with the Super Bowl.
There would be no better way to give a middle finger to Goodell and the suits at NFL headquarters than for fans to boycott this year’s title game in record numbers because that is when the advertisers will be spending the most for their spots and money is all that league understands.