Tom Stiglich /

We seem to have a growing number of these overpaid Neanderthals in the National Football League (NFL) who now think that it is become acceptable, and/or appropriate, for them to disrespect not only our flag but also the very country that has made it possible for them to become multi-millionaires while possessing little more than a degree in ‘basket-weaving’.  And they make all of this money not by making some grand contribution to humanity but, instead, for doing something as trivial, even silly, as playing a kid’s game.  And in an effort to point out just how ludicrous things have become let’s focus on just two teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the team that has been a long standing joke in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

So it was then that as recently as this past Sunday there were seventeen players from these two teams who decided to take a knee during the presentation of the national anthem, in London.  The combined salaries of these players is in the neighborhood of $450 Million.  You see, if we combine the total value of each player’s contract it adds up to a staggering $448,373,425, a figure greater than the gross domestic product of over a handful of the world’s nations.  According to ESPN there were ten Ravens’ players and roughly the same number of Jaguars’ players who took a knee during the national anthem at Wembley Stadium in London.  They seem to be of the opinion that they are deserving of respect but that our country and our flag are not.

The list of Ravens’ players included such men of questionable intelligence as: Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser, Mike Wallace, Carl Davis, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine, and Lardarius Webb.  And the list of those individuals on the Jaguars’ sideline who were of equal, or lesser, intelligence of their Ravens’ counterparts included: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Leonard Fournette.  These ‘men’, who were likely former juvenile delinquents, apparently chose kneeling as their preferred way of responding to recent comments from President Trump regarding the ongoing protests of the national anthem at various NFL games all across the country.

It was on Sunday morning that President Trump NFL said owners should either fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem, and fans should not keep watching games if players continue to protest. The president tweeted Sunday morning, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”  The president’s comments come on the heels of an impassioned speech he gave in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday evening.  He came out swinging in his comments against NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.  But the fate of these players is less in the hands of the owners than it is in the hands of those who pay to watch them.

It was while in Huntsville, Alabama on this past Friday that the president told those in attendance, “The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.” And he went on to say, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”  Now while I may not agree with the language that the president used I agree very much with the sentiment of his statement.  But the fate of the game should be left up to those who watch, because that will a much more lasting effect.

And riddle me this.  What do you suppose would happen to you if you were to go to your place of employment and proceed to do whatever it was that you wanted to do?  Would you get away with that?  Somehow, I very much doubt it!  It’s your employer who gets to set the rules and conditions of your employment.  It’s obvious that the owners who comprise this ‘National Felon League’ hate America, but they sure love all those dollars coughed up by the ‘fans’.  Interestingly, it was the owners who makeup NASCAR who had a different take.  They told their employees, do this and you will be on the next Greyhound bus.  But since I don’t recall any black NASCAR drivers, the chances of any protests arising in the first place are already pretty remote.

Look, millions of Americans go about their business every day and never disrespect a black person.  Many of these same people spend a disproportionate amount of money to watch their favorite NFL team.  Why should the fans be denied an afternoon of enjoyment by overpaid, spoiled athletes who can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump won the election and is now president?  The fans have First Amendment rights too.  If any one of those fans went to work and “took a knee” when their boss asked them to perform their job, they would be fired on the spot!  I don’t deny that these players should be able to peacefully show their displeasure, but there is a time and a place.  And it is not on the field while our National Anthem is being played.

These pampered billionaires are using the fame, bought and paid for by the American people, and a platform we have given them to shit all over our flag and our country.  The stench of entitlement and hypocrisy is so strong it permeates the entire country every Sunday.  And this is not a free speech issue either.  Even worse, disrespecting your country and flag and all those who have fought and died for what it represents by virtue signaling does not encourage debate on the issue, it is simply a divisive and corrosive act.  These “children” who kneel should try kneeling in church and thanking God that they were born in the USA.  Do they really think that if they had been born in any other country they would find themselves where they find themselves today?


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