Boycott the NFL

Alejandro Villaneuva, the one Steeler who stood ((Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press))

Everyone I know has been talking about the feud between Trump and the NFL. Trump has been his usual buffoon-like self, refusing to take a leadership role and criticizing from the outside rather than actively engaging in the conversation from within. Because he’s such a buffoon, the message is taking a back seat to the spectacle created by his buffoonery. But he’s right in terms of the content of his message, and the fact that people are supporting these kneeling clowns is really making me angry. I really don’t get how these guys get off doing this. There’s a serious sense of entitlement when grown men can make millions of dollars tossing a ball and then give the middle finger to the country that enabled them to live a life of wealth and glory off this skill.

Let’s look at the facts here. These football players are multi-millionaire athletes who got rich because they live in a country that worships athletes. Our country worships athletes more than it respects scholars and scientists, which is why more people know of Colin Kaepernick than Neil Degrasse Tyson. I hate to put it this way, but these athletes really ought to be grateful. They owe this country. Grateful that they were born athletic and strong, and grateful that their country values this ability. A guy who is 6’4, 220 lbs, and can run a 100 in just over 10 seconds has wonderful prospects in the U.S. A guy who could do the same while growing up in China, Japan, or Tanzania would have far fewer prospects. Think about how crazy it is to get paid so much money to throw a football in a world where hunger and famine still exist. Yet instead of gratitude and respect, these athletes are pissing on us. It’s a disgrace.

Let’s also look at their “protest.” Most of the “crimes” they’re protesting never happened. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was a complete fabrication. Michael Brown was a violent criminal. Eric Garner was resisting arrest. That clown from Mizzou threw himself in front of the car. We’ve spoken about the BLM lies enough; there’s no need to go back into that. Studies have shown that black people are actually less likely to be shot by police, even if they’re more likely to be roughed up. But perhaps worse than the lying is the abdication of responsibility. If you’re a multi-millionaire athlete, you have the means to give back to your community. You have the means to start scholarships, invest in your community, and give back. You’ve got the visibility to make a statement. You’ve got access to people who know how to build businesses and create. To waste this opportunity by (once again) claiming victimhood is pathetic. There are tons of people who wish they had these guys’ gifts, and it’s sad to see them acting like this.

It’s the NATIONAL Football League, not the F-U-All Football League. People should be able to watch without being disrespected. If these players and owners are not going to respect the nation, the nation shouldn’t support them. If the owners are going to support the nation, then they should take Trump’s advice–fire every anti-American who refuses to stand for the national anthem. Seriously, put them on the unemployment line. See what happens when these athletic, entitled, and condescending clowns suddenly don’t have football. A guy who is good at math can always join a hedge fund or become an accountant if his game theory career doesn’t work out. What happens to a football player who can’t play football? He ain’t gonna become a sprinter or a jockey or a basketball player. Only Bo Diddley made the transition to baseball. Seriously, they need to send these people to the unemployment line.

And if the owners won’t support the country and refuse to demand that their players be role models, boycott them. Stop buying their merchandise. Write to their sponsors and let them know. We’re Americans. Americans shouldn’t support Americans who disrespect our country.

24 thoughts on “Boycott the NFL

  1. It’s free speech and it should be protected. If I were to support the firing of NFL players over them exercising their free speech, I’d no longer feel right criticizing the regressive left for pressuring companies to fire their employees when they exercise their own free speech.

    This is why I keep saying that Kapernick and these other athletes are a barometer for hypocrisy. This boycott is sure to outrage many of the people on the Left who have supported getting people fired, but the outrage over the kneeling shows the hypocrisy of those on the Right who are all “Free Speech! rah rah rah” until they’re the ones that are offended.

  2. Notty,

    So here’s my opinion.

    I think we all agree that if we’re talking law, the law only protects free speech in the public square. It doesn’t address any speech between private parties. If I say something that makes my employer look bad, in general I can be fired. You walk into a Wells Fargo and the teller says, “Our rates suck! You should check out ABC Credit Union!” Wells has the right to fire him. If the guy at McDonalds comes to work wearing an AC/DC T-shirt instead of his uniform, he can be fired. It’s the company’s right. It’s somewhat similar to the Google engineer who was fired for not having leftist viewpoints. Most of us didn’t come out and try to legally defend that engineer. It’s understood that companies can fire people at will for what they say or write.

    Now if we’re talking about whether people “should” be fired, I think this is different. There’s a code of conduct in the NFL that these players and owners clearly broke:

    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

    It’s pretty black-and-white. They broke their code of conduct. They should be disciplined for breaking it. I would fire them all, although that’s just me.

    It’s further complicated by the fact that the NFL holds a de-facto monopoly on the sport of American football. They are THE National Football League. There isn’t more than one. The public should expect them to respect the flag.

    Now one may say, “But the Google engineer also broke the code of conduct. He made the workplace uncomfortable, which is against the rules.”

    That is also true. But that’s complicated by the current definition of what’s considered uncomfortable. The definition of what makes someone uncomfortable has shifted far to the extremes, so far that it’s affecting work. In my opinion, certain things, like a national sports’ league’s respect for the country, should be non-negotiable. But again, that’s just my opinion.

  3. Actually, let me alter that. I would’ve fired Kaepernick. That probably would’ve sent a strong message, and then I wouldn’t have to fire anyone else.

  4. I think it’s more than just the issue freedom of speech. Without symbols like the national flag & anthem to hold America together, she will fall apart and people will fall back to their tribes. Think Soviet Union, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ottoman Empire, Roman Empire, and the like. Diversity is usually not a strength.

    I think China was able to last, despite going through so much political turmoil, because it was regarded by its own people as one ethnicity and shared a heritage, thanks to the genius of Confucius and Qin Shi Huang. The US does not have the same sort of commonality and relies heavily on ideas. Destruction of symbols that represent these ideas is dangerous. Maybe it’s already too late.

  5. The Google engineer and some of the Charlottesville rally protestors lost their jobs. If the kneeling NFL players lost their jobs, it would be the same principle. But I doubt that will happen.

    Something else I hope is glaringly obvious is the fact that SJWs like Snoopy Jenkins don’t criticize the NFL for being predominantly Black or accuse it of racism against Asians despite his complaints about the preponderance of Asians in tech and its supposed racism against Blacks.

  6. I just don’t agree with this kind of protest because it’s poorly conceived. A protest is supposed to be a public relations/moral pressure tool. It’s supposed to be specifically crafted to affect results.

    – A protest should CLEARLY say exactly what it is against.
    – A protest should have an end goal
    – A protest should be something that the majority will eventually get behind.

    But this NFL protest is a bit vague. They don’t explain what direct action they want taken. And no one seems to know if this is all based on Kaepernick’s original protest of police brutality or if it’s now something new and expanded. As a result nobody knows how to meet their demands because there are none. In one historic civlil rights protest, African-Americans refused to use the public bus system until they were no longer required to ride in the back seats. The financial pressure of losing a sizable portion of city bus fares was a direct pressure upon those who had the power to change the policy. But taking a knee during the start of an NFL game has NOTHING to do with police brutality. There is no more pressure on individual police departments than before the protests began. This seems to be an “I’m pissed off” protest. But what does it achieve? NOTHING but hard will against the players who are protesting.

    Sure, I think that minorities are treated unequally by the police compared to whites, (as a rule) but this kind of protest doesn’t change that in the slightest. If protest is the right tool, then someone (probably not a football player) needs to sit down an craft a protest strategy that actually puts pressure on the intended targets.

  7. I personally believe that sports events is inevitably linked to political agendas, given the history of athletes and nations using it as a venue to voice their dissenting opinions. They’ve certainly used it in the Olympics to bring awareness to South Africa’s inhumane apartheid and everybody can agree that were it not for the venue of athletes bringing worldwide attention then the S.African apartheid government wouldn’t have moved as quickly.

    And not to forget that both the USA and USSR has used the Olympics and other sporting venues to push their own political agendas, despite the Olympics in theory was about unity and friendliness between people.

    With that said, I also definitely agree that athletes should use their millions of dollars to start organizations and help organizations that fight police brutality and demand police accountability. Put their money where their kneecap is, like the rest of us.

    HOWEVER, I can’t but help feeling this is just another Trump distraction to capitalize on pop culture diversions from the real issues. Trump is likely the worst president in modern history and no doubt one of the most incompetent.

    Instead of addressing issues like the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and sending Navy supply ships and fixing the power to restore sanitation and clean drinking water, we get all the media constantly hyping up the twitter wars and the pointless speeches about “SOBs” that’s below the dignity of the office of the POTUS.

    And how’s the hurricane cleanups going in Texas and Florida and federal disaster relief there that’s more urgent problems for a real POTUS to fix?

  8. huhsaeng sounds one like of those “China uncensored” youtube Chinahands that espouses a particular set of reification of what China is.

    In the time of the warring states, “ethnicity” is nothing close to “Han Chinese” and the millions of people murdered by the 1st emperor meant nothing since it only lasted 13 years…

    Not to mention the present case of Taiwan…

    If anything, the case should be made there needs to be more unity if it’s about ethnic unity rather than CIA going into HK to create color revolutions.

  9. I think Huhsaeng does have a point–nationality should unite us.

    I agree with King. Probably part of the problem is that this “protest” is mostly being run by millionaires in their twenties. I don’t remember where I saw it, but someone wrote about how NFL players deal with a lot of BS from agents, coaches, and businesspeople throwing money at them and creating an atmosphere of distrust around them, and that maybe they don’t know where to turn. As you said with the “probably not a football player” comment, I think these guys being football players is part of the problem! Now if the coaches would fire them, they would no longer be football players…

    Seriously speaking, I’m not sure how protests function anymore. I’m totally serious here. We just learned that Russia hijacked our election by buying Black Lives Matter ads in order to so chaos and incivility. Obviously, it worked.

    Yesterday, David Brooks wrote an article comparing Donald Trump’s buffoonery and disruption to Abbie Hoffman’s.

    I don’t know much about Hoffman, but I do know that Trump is succeeding in tearing apart the current culture, which Brooks calls the meritocracy. He was elected not on merit, but on emotion. He speaks without fact but with plenty of emotion. Lots of people on the Far Left are the exact same way. If people and movements are no longer going to be judged on merit–which, these days, they’re not–then what does a protest look like in the age of Trump?

  10. Well, it’s a bit of a conundrum, I think. Firing the players is a gamble. I mean, just think how much they are paying these guys.

    The NFL is a business first. They are not paying players money because they feel sorry for them. The NFL pays as little for each player as they feel they can, based on other competitive contract offers. Those compensation levels are based on athletic contributions that determine overall ticket sales and team earnings. NOBODY IS GIVING MONEY AWAY FOR FREE ON THAT LEVEL OF BUSINESS. The players are being paid what the NFL Managers think that they are worth to keep. The pay is based on what these players are bringing in to the organization, They make million$, but are a big part of bringing in trillion$. Notice that none of these teams is losing money – to the contrary –
    they are all SWIMMING in money, despite the salaries they pay out.

    So these guys are “the golden goose” as it were. They may not all be worth the same, amount and getting rid of one individual may be easier, but collectively, they represent an enormous cash cow to the managers and to the league. That is why you see the owners tiptoeing around this issue, and why they are much slower to fire anyone than the angry fan might be.

    However, in the end, the fans will drive the decision. If enough fans are outraged, and they stop buying tickets then the owners will get tougher on protests, and very likely, the players will voluntarily state that they have “made their point” and suddenly return to standing for the Anthem.

  11. Haha! True.

    You know, though, they missed a golden opportunity. What they should’ve done was fire KAEPERNICK. Nobody has rehired Clown Zero anyway–with our without his disrespectful entitled knee on the ground. All this nonsense could’ve been prevented by making an example of the first bad apple!

    We’re living in a very strange world right now. I have a feeling that most guys at the top of established institutions can do whatever they want without much blowback. Look at how Trump does what he wants. I’m sure Roger Goodell could decide, “Hey, we’ve got rules. They were broken. I’m going to fine the club that broke them.” They are, after all, the rules.

    But who knows? Like I said, very little is making sense to me these days. All I know is that I hope the fans do speak out and decide to stop buying tickets.

  12. Yeah, but failing to renewing his contract was pretty much the same as “firing him” for all intents and purposes. You see that Kaepernick being out in the cold did not stop his idea from catching on and most recently blowing up. It’s just as likely that Kaepernick would have become a free-speech martyr and have been symbolically more powerful today had he been formally defenestrated!

  13. Firing him may have had more of an impact. Kaep’s career was winding down even before taking a knee, so right now there’s the question if he’s not getting hired because of his activism or because his skills are no longer there.

    But yes, that may have turned him into a martyr as well. I’m afraid to think about how wrong I may have been there too. Man, I used to pride myself on my ability to predict things. I could say something like, “Bet you Suu Kyi is going to burn down her country if she ever gets into power” or “Bet this Asian American writer married a White dude” or “I know exactly what Jesse Jackson is going to say!” or “Those SJWs are about to say something ridiculous!” The only place where my predictions were poor was in MMA. But these days, it seems like the whole world has gone MMA!

  14. I think whether one thinks the protest is valid or not is besides the point that it is free speech. I don’t think the Google case is any more complicated. It’s company policy, regardless of what one may think of said policy. Same for the NFL.

    Being in favor of firing people for exercising their right to protest for one case but not the other is a very inconsistent position for me, regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum. Neither case is inciting anyone to violence, but expressing some sort of opinion or protest. It’s just that each case is offending a different set of people. To both I say: “Boo hoo”

  15. Well, what the players know is sure, you can get rid of one guy. But you can’t afford to get rid of 12 guys… and you certainly can’t get rid of 100 guys. So all they have to do is all do it together and there is nothing that the NFL can do but go out there on the field and join them, thus legitimizing their protest. There are guys down on one knee that they cannot afford to fire!. AGAIN, those guys are generating trillions of dollars a year for the league. It may seem like they are lucky, but the NFL is just as lucky. You can’t grab anyone off the street and get that same level of talent. These guys are gifted yes, but they have also put in years of discipline, practice, and sacrifice, to get to that level. They are not nearly as replaceable as many people think. That doesn’t necessarily make them right, but it explains why the NFL is not doing what many people (including Trump) think is obvious,

    “But these days, it seems like the whole world has gone MMA!”

    Ha! Yeah, that’s a great way to put it. I mean, I never thought Trump could get elected! It seemed like an impossible long shot, but here we are!

  16. Notty,

    The difference is that the NFL rule isn’t really up for interpretation. No one can argue that they didn’t break the rule.

    Now in the case of the Google engineer, that IS up for interpretation. His screed was about how he felt marginalized by the political correctness at Google. It made him feel uncomfortable. While he didn’t make this argument, one could argue that the leftists were the ones breaking the rules, since they made him uncomfortable. If you or I worked with some SJWs, we’d be constantly walking on egg shells. You could wish one of them a good morning, and they’d argue how you just showed your privilege since you were having a good morning even though this country was founded on slavery.


    At this point, I agree with you. Maybe you can’t fire 100 players, or even 10 players. But it’s not too late. Goodell could simply levy a large fine for each player who takes a knee. If he hit each franchise with, say, a $10,000 fine per knee (which is slightly more than the fine for chop blocking), it would allow business to continue as usual. Some players would definitely be worth that extra cost, no doubt. But it would at least be an incentive for the owners to follow the rules. At least it would force the owners to recognize that what they’re doing is against the rules.

    It’s like cars. You can’t really take away every car of a person who speeds–that would cripple the economy and make it hard for society outside of major metro areas to survive. If you charge them a fine, some will still speed, but at least there’s incentive to slow down.

  17. What they should had done was gave Kaep a contract, then fired him on the spot to prove a point, that’ll show them. lol

  18. I agree that the fine would probably work. Firing makes martyrs fining a reasonable amount for the offense, and I think most players would stop just to have the money.

  19. No surprise that Byron is against free speech. He regularly demonstrates it on this blog by deleting and censoring comments. Byron, you are no different or better than Jenn Fang. So go ahead and censor or delete my comment. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. You are a hypocrite and a coward.

  20. Hmm…so you post anonymously with an ad-hominem comment against our other commenters, but somehow I’m the coward?

    I’m not sure how long you’ve been here, but we’ve got simple rules about commenting. It’s at the bottom of this page:

    For example, your comment would be perfectly legit if you just changed your screenname to something that wasn’t attacking someone else (which is against the rules). So just please go ahead and change it.

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