Shame on the NFL

Colin Kaepernick is bad for football; he is a bad seed and I could readily do without him.  He is the guy who would not stand during the national anthem and LeBron James is among the celebrities who jumped on the bandwagon to support him.  He has alleged that NFL owners have conspired to keep him out of the league.  Pete Rose should be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame way before Kaepernick is ever allowed back into the NFL.  Kaepernick claimed that he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality against people of color, but he was being paid to play a sport, not to be an activist.  He hasn’t played a game since becoming a free agent in the offseason of 2017.  The NFL has reached a settlement with Colin Kaepernick after he was blackballed.

Kaepernick 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.  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.”  Kaepernick disrespected all of the U.S. military service members and I think that he is a racist for feeling that Black lives matter more than any other lives.  He was not making America better; he was just drawing his own dividing line and I hope that he never gets back into football.  He is a disgrace that has been treated as a hero and if he is readmitted, I am willing to give up watching football.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #114 prompt QUESTIONNAIRE by Wendell Berry where I went with question #4.  In the name of patriotism and the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate?  List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, owns, farms you could most readily do without.

37 thoughts on “Shame on the NFL

  1. Have to agree to disagree with this post today, Jim. If people would get as upset over WHY a popular, high-profile player knelt instead of THAT he knelt, we might be able to move toward real change. But shouts of patriotism and millionaire athletes distract and drown out the reason of his protests.

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    1. Colin Kaepernick deserved credit for not backing down from his beliefs, but those beliefs are anti-patriotic and they divide our country on the race issue. It is good that he cares, but he only seems to care about his own issues. I am for real change, but that will never be accomplished by upsetting the apple cart. He got that Nike commercial and everyone applauded him, but to me he is just a thug that can not follow the rules and therefor he does not belong in football.

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      1. That patriotism angle doesn’t fly. Teams usually stayed in the locker room during the anthem and took the field afterward. It was a PR move to bring the teams out – not some love of God and Country. The stands are full of people who don’t know the words or history. But, by golly, you’d better stand! /snark

        Peaceful protest is a constitutional right, yet his exercising that right has upset everyone’s apple cart.

        I’m part of the generation that recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school after the anthem was played over the intercom. I believed in them then and still do…and was saddened when the practice was taken out of the schools. Yet, I find the outrage at Kaepernick’s protests disingenuous. He didn’t kneel because of HIS issues. Unarmed African-Americans are dying in disproportionate numbers across the country. Where is the nationwide investigation or even local taskforce?

        Exactly.

        You can’t be “for change” if you do nothing to bring it about. Instead going along to get along and cashing his paychecks, Kaepernick made a choice.

        You called him a thug…just as those who died at the hands of law enforcement have been called, as though they were somehow complicit and deserving of their fate. Blame the victim has become another American standard.

        The last lines of the Pledge and the anthem say “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” and “oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Profound words…as long as you don’t upset the apple cart.

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      2. I appreciate your thoughts Felicia. I am not Black, so I probably should not comment on Black Lives Matter, but I have never met a Black person that I didn’t like. Peaceful protest is a constitutional right, but Colin Kaepernick is no Martin Luther King Jr. He is like the total opposite and I don’t see him as a victim, I see him as an outcast who refused to respect what is right. If he feels so strong about his issues, then maybe he should run for Congress.

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      3. Remember, MLK was hated when he started and was considered a racist “uppity Negro.”

        I cannot profess to be big on Black Lives Matter because I believe all lives matter. However, as the mother of 30 and 35 year old black males who were tech and drama geeks with no police records, I am more than a little wary of the lack of concern or interest FOR change. While we debate Kaepernick, unarmed African-Americans are still dying.

        I don’t usually respond to posts on sensitive issues like this because so much of the time, they’re bait left by people looking for fight. I believed I knew you well enough to know that wasn’t the case this time… and I was correct. Thanks for the chat. 🙂

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      4. A tough subject for sure and I am not all that serious about many issues and this was written as a response to a prompt, not to be a rant. I think of you as a good friend and I would never do anything to upset you and it must be so difficult worrying about your sons. It would be great if everyone could get along, but I don’t see that happening unless we get invaded by another planet. I found your opinions very interesting and we should chat more.

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  2. Not my circus, but I do agree with Felicia. I must declare that I have 0 interest in niceties of keeping politics out of sport, our heritage down here is to make it a forum, notably when we used sport to protest apartheid and we blocked South Africa. I must also declare that I’m not a patriot, and indeed have a global view, thus eschewing flags and anthems and borders.

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  3. I read the discussion with interest.

    We have these issues of certain people not standing for the National Anthem here too. It has occasionally resulted in violence. It happens because a nation is being equated with a particular religion, and people with a different faith refuse to bow to it.

    Ultimately, it is the absolute power of the majority which makes the minority look for avenues to protest – sometimes the wrong ones.

    Thanks for your contribution!

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      1. Yes because the Hall of Fame and Baseball are two different things. I don’t agree he should be in baseball (coach or manager etc) but in the Hall of Fame? Yes… So should Shoeless Joe

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  4. Not sure whether I should get into this discussion or not. From my observations, both inside and outside of law enforcement, the US is a land of the free as long as you go with the flow of the mainstream. Whenever a person decides to go against the flow of the mainstream, there will be backlash, whether that is females burning their bras in the 1960s or Colin refusing to kneel as symbolic acts of rebellion. Those who rebel should expect backlash and discomfort because moving a vessel as large as the American People takes time. It doesn’t mean that the rebels shouldn’t rebel. It is vitally important that they do. Look at the amount of dialogue that has opened up over Colin’s actions. It took a lot of courage for him to sacrifice his career for his beliefs. It was a gamble and a price he was willing to pay. Think about Rosa Parks and if she hadn’t refused to sit at the back of the bus. It was the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. I see Colin as a modern day Rosa Parks.

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      1. Now I’m really going to yank your chain. I think professional sports needs to be dismantled. Starting with grade school, where rabid parents teach kids violent competitiveness. I’d rather see students be taught self-defense, common courtesy, and cooperation.

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  5. Jim, Jim, Jim. You sound like Donald Trump. I totally disagree with what you wrote. I never thought that Kaepernick was an especially gifted quarterback, but I do think he is a man with the courage of his convictions. His protest was non-violent. It was silent. He was not disrespecting the military or his country. He was silently making a public statement about the high incidence of police brutality and oppression directed at blacks in the country, which is a very real and legitimate problem.

    But you are entitled to your opinion, Jim, no matter how wrong it is. 😉

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    1. Thanks for allowing me to have my opinion. This guy is not a hero, he is a troublemaker and nobody was stopping him from protesting off the football field, but he chose the wrong place to express his feelings. He just wanted to stand on his soapbox where he had an audience instead of doing what he was paid for.

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      1. If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? Sure, he could have protested off the field, but would anyone have noticed? I never said he was a hero. I just think what he was protesting is a valid concern and he did it peacefully but in way (i.e., time and place) where it would grab attention. So I think he chose the perfect place to express his feelings.

        Actors are paid to act. Should they not be permitted to express their feelings at awards presentations? Congressmen are paid to pass legislation. Should they not be allowed to express their feelings while in the halls of Congress to reporters? How far reaching should the censorship of peaceful protest be, Jim?

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      2. He achieved his purpose, he got noticed. You noticed him as some type of hero and I noticed him as a bigmouth that wouldn’t shut up and play the game. I don’t think this was the perfect place, in fact it was the wrong place, as kids watch football (at least I did with my dad) and this sends the wrong message to them that it is OK to disrespect our country. It was a peaceful protest, but it sent the wrong message, one that I still don’t want to hear.

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      3. Has he achieved his purpose? Really? Has police brutality directed at blacks been eradicated in this country?

        I said in my last comment that I don’t consider him to be a hero. But a “bigmouth” for staging a silent protest? Huh? Wouldn’t shut up and play the game? He didn’t say a word when he took a knee during the playing of the anthem before a football game. And, in my opinion, he wasn’t disrespecting our country, he was exercising his constitutional right of free expression, thereby celebrating the constitution and the country. It wasn’t the wrong message (unless you’re okay with police brutality directed disproportionately at blacks).

        What I don’t want to hear anymore, Jim, is Trump bellowing “no collusion, no obstruction, no quid pro quo” or his Republican sycophants trying to defend the indefensible. But our constitution allows freedom of speech, even if that speech is not something you want to hear. It also allows protests, even if you disagree with who is protesting or what it is they are protesting about.

        Kaepernick was exercising his constitutional right of freedom of expression. I thought it was a good way of getting his message across, you didn’t. The good news is we are each able to hold and express our own opinions without fear of reprisals. Well, we used to be able to do it without fear of reprisals in the pre-Trump era.

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      4. Jim you just confirmed why I believe it is so important to have symbolic rebellion: kids are watching and they are seeing a hero standing up for what he believes in. To teach kids “America, right or wrong” is one definition of fascism!

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  6. Kneeling instead of standing during the National Anthem doesn’t take one second away from the time the team spends playing the game for that day. And kids could see something other than sitting is to happen.

    And, by the way, I am someone who stood for the example in places with one of my sons playing a sport where the people, the audience, didn’t know at all to stand when the flag came out. They thought I was weird.

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      1. I was really surprised; I stood up, purposefully, and people looked around. Then the person carrying the flag lifted a hand to indicate everyone should stand. I heard someone in the audience say, “She was right.” (So they weren’t confused any more.) Yet I see nothing wrong with kneeling.

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