As we all are well aware, President Donald Trump made his feelings known with respect to professional athletes kneeling during the playing of our national anthem to protest perceived social injustice. As expected, players took a knee.
In response, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, wrote of Trump calling for the firing of protesting players: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game, and all of our players.”
Using most of his words, I rearranged it as a counter argument to sum up what in my mind President Trump was saying: “Divisive actions like kneeling during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the USA, our flag, and all the men and women who served and died under that flag.”
Mr. Goodell, do you really think the NFL is above the USA? Do you really think that the game is above the Stars and Stripes? Do you really think that your overpaid players are above the men and women who serve or have served this great country in the military and as first responders?
There is a time and a place for protesting your concerns over social injustice, and in my opinion, it is not on the football field, baseball field, or any professional or college sport venue during the Star Spangled Banner. If the players are so enraged about the killing of people of color, where is their outrage over the bloodbaths in Chicago and other cities?
The fake news media fans the flames of racial division every chance they get, as witnessed by their coverage of the kneeling players. What about the tens of thousands of fans who stood in honor of the flag and who booed this disrespect? They don’t count, because that is not newsworthy. Goodell and the team owners took a stand not because they agreed with these players, but because they are slaves to the almighty dollar, and don’t have the guts to put an end to it.
The fake news took a stand by only reporting on what they want the viewers to see and advance their agenda.
Joe Morrone, Little River