By Duncan Smith
Whatever else he is in life, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seems destined to become ‘the man who lost the league.’
Three years after he put up with and coddled former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem, a newly ‘woke’ Goodell is actively encouraging a team to sign him, though he’s been out of the league since 2017 — a lifetime in professional football.
It seems that the current $40-million-per-year commissioner is doing all he can to rid the fan base of conservative traditionalist Americans, many of whom don’t have a problem with the protests but simply don’t like seeing them during football games (when a player is technically at work).
Red State notes:
As the saying goes, sooner or later, everything old is new again. Such is the case with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 created a firestorm by kneeling in protest during the national anthem prior to a preseason game in San Diego against the Chargers.
Two months after the 2016 season ended, Kaepernick learned that the 49ers planned to cut him, and instead opted out of his contract. He has not taken a snap in the league, since.
Now, as the unrest continues in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, Kaepernick might finally be welcomed back into the league — that is, if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has anything to say about it.
Goodell, who in 2016 said he supported the right of NFL players to 'seek change,' but that he 'doesn't necessarily agree with what (Kaepernick) is doing,' now appears to have had a change in heart.
In a video last week, Goodell said that he was reversing the league’s sorta, kinda rule against protesting during games in a virtue signaling, sickening display of pandering that really was senseless drivel:
It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country.
First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality.
We the National Football league condemn racism and the systematic [sic] oppression of black people.
We the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.
We the National Football League believe black lives matter.
How many whites, Hispanics, and Americans of other ethnicities have been killed over the past few months by police?
Of course, most people ‘condemn’ oppression of blacks, but that’s not happened (as evidenced by the fact that the National Football League is filled with millionaire black players who comprise something like 70-75 percent of players and coaches).
Of course, we condemn “racism,” but it’s not just a one-way street, as Goodell and the rest of the white apologists who grovel before the altar of political correctness never acknowledge.
‘Black lives matter?’ Yes, they do. So do the lives of all ethnic groups.
And now, Goodell thinks the biggest detractor in the game of football ought to be back in the league.
He said Monday in an interview with ESPN's Mike Greenberg:
Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's going to take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.
If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities.
We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody's welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.
Conservatives who love football have had enough of the lecturing, the one-sidedness of social issues, and the accusations and insinuations that if they don’t happen to be a person of color they’re automatically guilty of being a racist.
To hell with the NFL and Roger Goodell.
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