Boycott NFL for disrespecting USA's Anthem
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The NFL has a problem respecting the United States' National Anthem.
A large proportion of NFL players now kneel in protest during the traditional playing of the U.S. National Anthem.
This problem affects almost all NFL teams. Recent headlines of multiple players taking a knee include the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Browns, NY Giants, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and the Detroit Lions.
THE PROBLEM IS GROWING
On September 24, 2017, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team hid in the locker room during the National Anthem. This was by the order of coach Mike Tomlin. Only one player, U.S. Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, defied Tomlin's repugnant demand.
Contrary to popular belief, the issue of kneeling in protest during the National Anthem is not unique to former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick; nor was it really ever specific to him:
- As early as September 2016, Kaepernick was joined by teammates and opposing Los Angeles Rams players in kneeling during the Anthem.
- Before anyone even noticed Kaepernick kneeling in protest amid the anthem, he wore athletic socks with "pig cop" cartoons to 2016 training camps.
The NFL is a non-profit entity with billions of dollars in annual revenue, overseeing a football league with an overall market value of $46 billion. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell alone makes $31-34 million a year. NFL players earn millions of dollars for playing. All this money is gathered only because of fans like us who continue to watch and buy games and products from our favorite teams.
The heyday of the NFL is no longer. The NFL has become a tax-evasive cartel of spoiled and unpatriotic ideologues. While many fans are, in fact, addicted to the fun that is NFL viewing, this addiction must necessarily end for our voices to be made clear.
WHY THE FANS HAVE A VOICE
Just as the movement which started this repeated desecration of the flag has grown, so too can the movement to move our eyeballs and dollars away from this vile political swamp.
The NFL claims in press releases to support our nation's veterans, but their implicit endorsement of unpatriotic acts smacks in the face of their nominal advocacy.
Kneeling during the National Anthem is a right enjoyed in this country because of our nation's great patriots. This should go without saying. It should also go without saying that spoiled athletes and their employers exercising this right is not something we have to tolerate as fans. Team owners and the broader NFL organization can disallow such acts, and have chosen not to. We can choose not to endorse them.
Hit 'em where it hurts, America: The WALLET!
There are fantastic sporting leagues still across America that do not tolerate these acts. The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup champion team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, recently voiced their support of the institution of respecting the National Anthem. That's a big difference from the Pittsburgh Steeler's team's coach-ordered cowardice in the locker room.
There are also other football leagues that can be enjoyed as alternatives. The Arena Football League, Canadian Football League, NCAA football, and the Legends Football League are just a few. You can even see a list of alternative leagues on Wikipedia.
WE SIGN THIS PETITION
As signatories to this petition, in light of disrespect to a nation which has so enriched their bank accounts, we pledge to boycott the National Football League and its teams in all manners.
This petition calls on Commissioner Goodell and individual teams tp institute new rules around political protests and the National Anthem. Using the National Anthem as a tool of political protest is not an action we support, and we signify that non-support by supporting this call to action and abandoning this wayward League.
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