We all usually wonder how it is that people with material evidence against the Clintons end up committing suicide with two bullets to the back of the head. Strange. It’s very strange. And now, the National Football League is using that same model to kill itself on national television.
Not only have the owners and league office decided not to enforce their own rules about players standing for the National Anthem to honor the flag, if nothing else, the commissioner announced that was their move at a press conference. Get this:
Roger Goodell said he would “encourage” players to stand, but would not punish them if they refused to do so.
The NFL chief said he was “not looking to get into politics” and wished instead to keep the focus on football….
“We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem,” Mr Goodell told reporters on Wednesday after a second day of meetings with team owners and player representatives in New York.
“That’s an important part of our policy.”
The commissioner continued: “We want our players to stand, we’re going to continue to encourage them to stand.”
Talk about trying to own all sides of an argument, thus losing it. That was downright weasely.
In case the NFL head office, owners, players, agents, union representatives, and the advertisers haven’t noticed, the fan base of many teams has decided that football is not where they are going to spend their Sunday afternoons anymore. Not when so many of them are veterans, and law enforcement officers themselves. All over the country, Americans are rediscovering college and high school football to fill the void the NFL created all by itself. There are those discovering hockey, a sport loaded with patriots from many different nations. For the first time in years some of the rest of us are watching baseball’s post season even though our team didn’t make the playoffs. There are options. Football doesn’t have to be the center of attention.
That is something the NFL in its entirety didn’t consider when they did not nip the whole kneeling for the anthem thing in the bud. It’s nice that the league is considering forcing the players to stand, but it’s too little too late. We the People know what the whole league thinks of the people who pay their salaries.