(National Sentinel) Self-Destruct: Last season the NFL shed millions of viewers and lost out on tens of millions of dollars in merchandise sales because league officials refused to end player protests of the National Anthem.

In the off-season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the majority of team owners came to an agreement on a new policy that forbade players from using sideline antics as a form of political protest during games.

But now, all that’s on hold, thanks to the same kind of weak-spined management that allowed protests to continue throughout last season.

As Breitbart News reports:

The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released a joint statement on Thursday night, vowing to put a hold on the new league rule requiring players on the field to stand for the playing of the national anthem.

The shocking development comes only hours after news leaked that the Miami Dolphins had added a category called “Proper Anthem Conduct,” to their player disciplinary document. The apparent reversal also comes only one week after the NFLPA filed a grievance against the league, in which the union sought a “system arbitration” to prevent the league from giving individual teams from requiring players to stand for the anthem, or disciplining them for refusing to do so.

The statement claims that both the league and the players union are talking and working on a resolution.

The NFL and NFLPA statement says, in part: “The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice.”

We’re not sure which group contains the most idiots — the owners and NFL management or the players themselves, both of whom seem hell-bent on destroying the very league that provides them with a fabulous living.

Perhaps both are just as ignorant — and tone-deaf.

Most fans don’t give a whip about “equality, fairness, and justice” when they tune in to watch football…played by multi-millionaires. They. Just. Want. To. See. A. Game.

But they also aren’t down with having the American flag and our country disrespected over a myth: That all police are racists who target black men inappropriately.

That just doesn’t happen on a wide scale.

Even with the policy change, it was going to take years for the league to woo back some fans that it lost.

Now, because of its abject cowardice, it’s lost them forever.

Stupidity on steroids.

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