Thanks to Trump’s made up “disrespecting the flag, the country, and our military” issue, the NFL’s ratings are tanking, down 10% since last month. In addition to the NFL suffering from this drastic deterioration of this great sport’s viewership, ESPN, the sports network, is holding its breath as it watches this frightening downward trend.
It is a crying shame that this is happening. Not only is the NFL getting punished for something it had no hand in, the whole purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful kneeling protest is being lost in the turmoil.
As stated in an article at independent.com, “Kaepernick’s protest first occurred 13 months ago, but was not immediately noticed. At that point, he simply sat on the benches during the US national anthem during a preseason game, just next to the giant Gatorade jugs next to him. But, he later transitioned to taking a knee in protest – saying he was doing so to show more respect for military veterans – which turned out to be a much more iconic pose. Several other players joined his protest, even though they received a lot of criticism from football fans who said that it was disrespectful to the United States. Still, the movement did not gain huge traction last year.” The article then goes on to quote Kapernick, who said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color,” Kaepernick said in a press conference after first sitting out during the anthem. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street, and people getting paid leave, and getting away with murder.”
Of course, Trump doesn’t seem to be the least bit concerned about bodies in the street and people getting away with murder. After all, these are just minorities we’re talking about here, not anybody who might be important to Trump. Better to Trump that he uses his bully pulpit to create a fake narrative that gets him some headlines while leaving innocent people and organizations to pay the price with their ratings, their finances, and even their lives.