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Fans Boo NFL Players Taking Knee During Anthem

Some 200 NFL players took a knee during the National Anthem on Sunday, earning a chorus of boos from fans. Prompted by President Donald Trump during a speech he gave in Huntsville, Alabama, the matter of showing the anthem and the flag respect dominated the news. The Pittsburgh Steelers, except for one player, an Army Ranger veteran, cowered in their locker room during the anthem. Owners of NFL teams were upset by the remarks made by President Trump, who had suggested that owners either penalize or fire players who take a knee. Public reaction is divided largely on party lines. But, clearly, a majority of fans were annoyed by the spoiled millionaires turning the sport into a political issue.




About 70% of NFL players are Black and nearly all of them are millionaires. In the NBA, the number is in the 80% range. Some major league baseball players have also begun taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguin NHL team will visit the White House after having won the Stanley Cup championship despite the controversy. NASCAR, which has topped the NFL in some markets as the Number One sporting event, is squaring behind President Donald Trump, supporting respect for the American flag and the National Anthem.


Oddly enough, it has become known that for several years, the Barack Obama administration was paying the NFL to ensure that players stood respectfully during the National Anthem. Some $6.1 Million dollars was paid to the NFL from at least 2014 through 2016. The excuse given is that the payments were made to encourage support of the military and to induce recruitment. So, it seems that the NFL is only patriotic when they are paid to be.


Where will this all end? That depends on the fans if they continue the trend of not watching NFL games. Since the ′Take-A-Knee′ issue began, viewership has declined about 25% in some TV markets. This means fewer advertising dollars and less money for NFL owners and for TV networks. ESPN, which has had a number of political issues of late, has been declining in ratings, resulting in lay-offs. Eventually, should the trend continue, many NFL players may find their paychecks smaller or contracts not being renewed.


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