By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel)Â Patriotism: Last year, one of history’s most successful professional sports leagues, the NFL, lost millions of TV viewers (and tens of millions of dollars) because then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick thought it would be a good idea to use his position and notoriety as a ‘social justice’ platform.
By kneeling during the National Anthem instead of standing for it and showing respect for the flag of his country, Kaepernick set in motion a league-wide “movement” that spread to other teams, other players.
The results were predictable: Millions of football fans (including me) Â decided to watch less NFL football because they were offended by Kaepernick’s, and others’, protests.
The protests have already begun asÂ this year’s pre-season has gotten underway, as players kneel, sit or otherwise find some way disrespect both our flag and our country.
Well, here’s a memo for you:Â You’reÂ disrespecting every single American when you do that shit. What’s more, you’re urinating on your opportunity to make a better living, which has got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen anyone do.
When I and millions of other football fans are tuning in, we want to watch a freakingÂ football game, not a sports version ofÂ MSNBC. Football is like an escape for us; it’s our retreat from the outside world.
Besides, we get enough of that stuff on daytime “sports” programming these days, on once-great networks likeÂ ESPN –Â whose editors and hosts still haven’t figured out that replacing legitimate reporting with Left-wing commentariat is one big reason why the network is shedding viewers faster than Rosie O’Donnell can tear through a box of donuts.
We don’t give a damn about your political opinions (anymore than you care aboutÂ ours), and anyway, “protesting” the National Anthem isn’t the proper venue for what you’re trying to accomplish. You’re not protesting the “NFL anthem,” or a state anthem, or a city anthem — you’re protesting theÂ National Anthem, which means you’re protestingÂ the nation you live in, the people who have fought (and died) to protect it, and those who work everyday to defend it, make it function, and try to improve it.
In other words, you’re saying, “America sucks.”Â Don’t you get that?
And you wonder why there’s so much pushback. Are you really that stupid? Or do you just not give a shit that you’re offending so many people?
Well, let me clue you in: The gravy train will end if you don’t stop insulting 2/3 of your fans every time you step onto a football field.
If you think last year’s decline in viewership was a blip on the radar, just keep doing what you’re doing. My educated guess is that if you do, you’ll see an even bigger drop in viewershipÂ this season. Soon, if you continue with the BS, the NFL will cease to be the earnings powerhouse it once was — back when its players understood that, regardless of their personal beliefs, the league was a reflection of everything American that most of us love and respect.
And guess what? At that point you won’t be another bitchy millionaire athlete with a chip on your shoulder. You’ll be like Kaepernick — out of job and radioactive in a league whose team owners fully understand their fan base and know where their bread is buttered.
As big a football fan as I am,Â I can live without the NFL in my life if need be, and I think I speak for millions of others. I won’t stand for being insulted every week by a bunch of ungrateful pricks who, for some reason, have come to believe the best way for them to advocate for change is to take a giant dump on the sensibilities and patriotism of the vast majority of their fan base.
You have been warned.
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