The bye week seems like a good time to check in with the commish. First it was Colin Kaepernick, and activists who used him for their own purposes, who decided to turn the NFL into an ideological platform. Then it was Roger Goodell who embraced them — rejecting the idea that sports and politics shouldn’t be mixed.
Despite getting an immediate and resounding backlash from NFL fans, Goodell keeps going down the same track. On Tuesday, NFL owners and members of the NFL Players Association met to discuss those pesky national anthem protests.
Said Goodell: “[We talked about] issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to, about issues in our communities to make our communities better. I think we all agree there’s nothing more important than getting back into our communities and trying to make our communities better. That was the entire focus today.”
And you thought the NFL was all about football?
In related news, a Jaguars fan – make that ex-fan – was so disappointed at some of the team’s players kneeling for the anthem he hired a pilot to fly a banner saying “Be American. Boycott the Jags & the NFL” over the Jags’ stadium last Sunday before the Rams’ game.
Others have pointed out that for a game played in London, some Jags players knelt for the national anthem but stood for the playing of God Save the Queen.
Another news source, grabien.com, ran this header: “As NFL Ratings Plummet, Roger Goodell Develops Odd Verbal Tic.” Here’s a summary:
“Without a doubt, this is already an NFL season Roger Goodell can’t wait to drop kick into distant memory. As players’ political activism increasingly encroaches onto the playing field, ratings are getting blitzed… Over the first six weeks, NFL ratings are down 7.5 percent as compared to last season, per Nielsen. They’re down 18.7 percent from the 2015 season… His game plan appears to be encouraging players to remain committed to “the issues in their communities” while also telling fans he agrees these athletes should stand for the national anthem. Over the course of about 20 minutes before the press, Goodell used the same two words no fewer than 45 times.”
The words were “communities” and “issues.”
At the height of the uprising, you knew you could count on Michael Bennett, defensive end for the Seahawks and the brother of the Packers’ Martellus Bennett. Bennett made comparisons between working in the NFL and being Dred Scott, the slave credited with setting in motion events which led to the Civil War.
Bennett failed to point out that his slave-masters are paying him over $15 million this year alone.
After week 4, the media was running stories detailing how many protesting players were on display at each NFL game. The count of protesting players was then peaking, at upwards of 200.
I just searched for stories about protests for the week 7 games and came up nearly empty.
Adam Stites of SB Nation saved the day. Here’s what he uncovered: three Dolphins stayed in the locker room during the anthem and were booed when they came out; Robert Quinn of the Rams raised his fist; seven Seahawks sat on the bench during the anthem; and the Cowboys’ David Irving raised his fist briefly during the anthem.
Irving apparently was trying to walk a narrow line, as owner Jerry Jones had promised anthem protesters would not play – he played.
This protest movement has been largely rejected by the fans. Predictably, after less than a month, almost all the players have moved on. But Goodell keeps polishing his politically correct image – at considerable cost to the NFL, and ultimately to the financial detriment of every NFL player and owner.
It’s hard to say who’s more hypocritical: Goodell or the billionaire owners (Robert Kraft chiefly crafted the deal) who agreed to pay a massive amount to Goodell over a seven-year period.
Never content to just criticize, I have a solution. Relieve Mr. Goodell from his post and hire a new commissioner – someone who truly loves the games and doesn’t play politics – for $1 million a year.
Then take the $293 million in savings and invest it in making actual improvements to our communities, instead of making Goodell an obscenely rich man. How does that make our communities better?
Postscript: It should be noted that Rob wrote this on Thursday, before it was reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair — who is pretty much the picture of an old, rich white man — said this about the national anthem protests: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
Texans’ players reportedly almost walked out of practice on Friday. Running back D’Onta Foreman did leave and receiver DeAndre Hopkins didn’t show up. Both absences were related to the comment.
McNair has since apologized and met with the team. Houston plays at Seattle on Sunday and the team will reportedly have a team meeting there. Feelings are pretty raw.
Duane Brown on Bob McNair 'I think the comments were disrespectful and ignorant'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 27, 2017
Duane Brown on comments 'It sickened me'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 27, 2017
Duane Brown on Bob McNair 'I'm not surprised by it'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 27, 2017
I don’t believe he is the only owner that feel that way… smh
— Treston Decoud (@_TD31) October 27, 2017
It’s one thing to protest during the national anthem to bring attention to social issues. It’s another if you think the person you’re working for (and his brethren) is racist — and I’m not suggesting the Texans should protest that during the national anthem. But now the NFL has a bigger issue. I don’t have an exact numbers breakdown, but it’s pretty clear that the NFL is predominantly black and the fanbase is predominantly white.
It’s amazing that these two groups with totally different life experiences wouldn’t understand each other, isn’t it?
— Vaden Todd
After reading this article, the only obvious conclusion i can make is this fiasco is all on Goodell and the NFL. I’m heartened to learn that the players are exempt from any responsibility.
I know………..lets set the NFL and the tv contracts on their ass because some old privileged fuck said something stupid. – The players
I know…..lets cause a division and instill anger in over 50% of the audience who pay our exorbitant high salarys” – The players
I know….when we get to work, lets revolt and protest because we don’t like the killings of innocent blacks killed by white and black cops, even though it has nothing to do with our job or the NFL. – The players
I know…..Lets bite all the hands that feed us, and when tv contract money gets slashed, then the future players coming into the NFL can take the pay cut. – United NFL players
I know……lets make up blatant lies about the police and then quickly call the leader of BLM, to get those lies out to the media. – Michelle Bennett (Yes, i would say it her face)
The only constructive thing i’ve seen so far, is the tv networks stopped airing the Anthem. Which would and did (to an extent) make players sitting old news. But a few people just can’t let it die out naturally, despite it being in their own best interest.
Here’s whose fault this mess is. First it’s the NFL’s and the owners fault for being so fucking weak, and pandering to political correctness. Proof why political correctness is for the weak and spineless.
The players, Using their workplace to grandstand for a cause they may or may not believe in. Then all the sheep (other players) like Kevin King who follow the crowd. Not understanding that the world isn’t going to automatically change because they sat for an Anthem, but that they are crippling their revenue source. These are people that are college educated.
Leave your workplace alone. On your free time protest till your blue in the face, or go buy a new mansion or Ferrari, no one will care what you do.
Now…Common responses….BUT…BUT….BUT….They are doing it at work because it gives them that large international NFL platform…………….yea….i get it…smh
My response…..When various forms of revenue is reduced from merchandising, etc, and new tv deals are done, let me know how that all worked out.
Ah Rob….Always leaving me with a smile or a grin.
Fire Goodell and pay someone 1 million a year to run a 13 billion dollar business.
Hmmm…..i don’t see a problem….lol
It’s always a good business move to promote political views that half of your customer base disagree with…just ask Target, Starbucks, and Kellogs how that worked out for them.
Former Steelers great and Viet Nam vet (wounded in action) Rocky Bleier had some very good comments on this issue. I would say his comments were spot on with some of the smarter commenters on this blog. Link: https://sports.yahoo.com/steelers-icon-vietnam-vet-rocky-bleier-nfl-protests-never-gotten-point-182928379.html
Basically, Goodell should have stomped this out as soon as CK started it. Pete Rozell sure would have. These players stepped up their efforts under the guise of this equality/police tactics/Lance Kendricks Puerto Rico thing/just going with my bros thing, basically to protest a president they don’t like who made comments they didn’t like. It backfired. They went political and they piss and moan when a politician responds politically. Well, would we even be here at this moment if Goodell would have done an adequate job over a year ago?
I’m not surprised that some players have a problem with the police and authority. Let’s face it. If you come from areas populated by thugs with low impulse control, you might have problems with the police. If you have friends and family who are thugs with low impulse control, you might develop problems with the police. If you are an athletically gifted person who was able to escape those environments and become a pro football player, but still are a bit of a thug with low impulse control, you might still have problems with the police. (Looking your lyin’ ass way Michael Bennett.) If you look at some of the behaviors of some of these players on and off the field, are you surprised about their protest mentality?
Who the heck is “Vaden Todd”. Is he the actual writer of this article? Is that why Rob Born writes so differently (and worse) this year? Was Rob Born secretly replaced? Or did Rob Born never exist and various caveman writers wear his skin as they post articles?
I guess we’ll never know. Hi Vaden. Terrible article.
Lonely boy….i’m going to lose my security clearance for telling you what i’m about to tell you. But it seems you are too smart for the puppet master who writes all these these articles. It’s only one person, under the guise of assorted personalities. Existing for the sole purpose of messing with your head.
Your confusion over who’s who, and who writes these articles are justified, along with your conspiracy paranoia. Obviously you have proven to be far to intelligent to be clowned and made a fool of.
There is no Vaden Todd, Rob Born never existed. Monty is a figment of some madman’s imagination. Joseph Bonham is a fantasy character invented by a rock drummer groupie. Shawn is the alter ego of the puppet master concerning football intelligence supremacy. PF4L can barely write his name, much less a whole article.
So bask in the knowledge that you are far too intelligent for the puppet master.
May all your confusion and angst over these fictitious writers now finally come to an end.
You don’t even need to thank me for providing you this truth. Just enjoy the knowledge that i know, you will be forever indebted to me for providing you with the peace of mind you’ve sought for so long.
The theme of my post wasn’t about the legitimacy of this or that protest, but about the commish’s mishandling: he opened the floodgates. Are protests to be sanctioned and encouraged until America is purged of all racial injustice? Isn’t gender equality of pay equally important? Is it also ok to protest until every vet has proper medical benefits and care? Why are we even allowing money to be spent on sports until a cure for cancer is found? Is your cause more righteous than my cause? Keep politics out of sports!
Damn straight Rob!!!
If you even exist.
Klaatu barada nikto
I have been calling for a new comissioner for a while. November is coming soon and the NFL in recent years has been PC in November with their “Salute to Service” campaigns. I urge all to spend NOT one damn cent of our hard earned money (emblazened with the motto “In God we trust”) on that propoganda campaign. Goodell can choke on all the unsold merchandise.
If i want to watch protests and politics it is easy to find. I want to watch football for a few hours away from that stuff. When it was “cute” (politically corrcet), the networks were more than happy to show that. Well, their PC chickens are coming home to roost in their wallets.
So politics is not ok in football, but religion is? Sorry, I don’t want to hear about god stuff while watching football. Eh, I will watch football and spend money on merchandise because I am not a snowflake.
I don’t remember hearing about God stuff while watching a football game. But i have heard about the protest stuff while watching the actual game.