Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stepped up to the plate in the debate surrounding the kneeling demonstrations taking the NFL by storm. Walker penned a letter to the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and director of the NFL Players Association, saying that his players shouldn’t protest the police, they should take a knee to make a statement against players who abuse their wives.
In the letter, Walker told the two executives that players need to shift their focus to the more pressing issue of domestic violence, especially given the league’s proclivity for domestic violence.
Read his full letter below:
Dear Mr. Goodell and Mr. Smith:
A lot has been made about National Football League (NFL) players protesting by kneeling, remaining in the locker room, or other means during the national anthem. Speaking up for what you believe in is a profoundly American idea, but disrespecting our flag, and the men and women who have fought to protect and defend our country, is not American in the slightest.
It is time for players in the NFL to stop their protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow. Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence. With the NFL Fall League Meeting occurring tomorrow, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, now would be an especially opportune time to strongly condemn domestic violence and lead the charge in supporting safe families across America.
On Wednesday, October 11, I sat in the Wisconsin State Capitol and listened to the stories of victims of domestic violence who took a stand, and of advocates who have been working on prevention, shelter, and care services for many years. I also heard about an organization that works to help teach young men to be respectful to young women as a way of preventing domestic violence.
As I sat and heard these amazing stories, it occurred to me that NFL players could have a remarkable impact on awareness and prevention efforts if each player would agree to speak out, as well as agree to take a personal stand, against domestic violence. This is an issue that can unite people across America.
My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe. That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.
The Governor tweeted on Monday that he sent a letter to the NFL’s top executives.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 16, 2017
The Daily Caller notes that Walker hopes the players will become role models, and that if their players become good role models for their fans, they will gradually regain fans back that they have lost.
With the league’s rather high rate of violent crime, Walker certainly makes an excellent point.
The worst year for arrests (71) was over ten years ago in 2006. But, 2017 is off to a “great” start as the players of the National Felon League have already had 32 arrests by week 3.
From assault and battery to drugs to DUIs to domestic violence to disorderly conduct, players are subject to all sorts of charges.
But, DUIs, drugs, and domestic violence are at the very top of the list, and we have so many more weeks to go!
It’s pretty ironic that those who want to get on their moral high horse, raise awareness concerning police brutality, and crusade for their ‘rights’ are the same individuals who have absolutely no respect for the law or law enforcement.
It is pretty darn difficult to stand on any sort of moral ground and demand change from law enforcement when you don’t respect the law.
H/T The Daily Caller