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Title: NFL Players WILL Respect the Flag's Authoritah, Says Commissioner
Source: Reason
URL Source: http://reason.com/blog/2018/05/23/n ... s-will-respect-the-flags-autho
Published: May 23, 2018
Author: Matt Welch
Post Date: 2018-05-24 06:10:32 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 335
Comments: 7

Teams will now be fined if their employees don't show sufficient on-field respect during the National Anthem, because we live in a very serious country.

||| South Park

Because nothing says "patriotism" quite like ordering people under penalty of a fine to stand up during the National Anthem, the taxpayer-soaking cajillionaires who run the National Football League have announced a new policy of fining any team caught having an employee sitting, kneeling, or acting disrespectfully on the field while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before a game.

"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," explained NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We want people to stand...and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That's something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices."

Thus continues a controversy that began with then–San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the anthem in an August 2016 preseason game to protest police brutality; that continued that fall with various players kneeling, locking arms, and putting fists in the air; then nearly petering out to maybe a dozen anthem refuseniks until President Donald Trump told an Alabama rally last September, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!'"

Congratulations, America. ||| Sam Riche/TNS/Newscom

Excited by how such nakedly pointless culture-war baiting was getting his base "stirred up," the president piled more worms on the hook. He sent Vice President Mike Pence to attend (and showily walk out of) an Indianapolis Colts game that featured an offensive non-stander. He even dragged the controversy into his State of the Union Address. (In fairness, the state of our union is that we bicker endlessly over this kind of phony bullshit while our elected officials misuse billions and billions of our dollars, including on professional sports franchises.) The NFL, whose owners lean Republican and whose ceremonial accoutrements have long been suffused with militaristic displays of patriotism, has been agonizing over anthem etiquette ever since.

Under the new policy, players will have the option (which they enjoyed before 2009) of sitting the anthem out inside the locker room. Also, in addition to the league fining the employers of the star-spangled scofflaws, teams themselves will have the discretion of fining non-compliant players. Goodell surely hopes that such fraught solicitousness to White House feelings will be greeted as a stately compromise, and maybe players will indeed roll their eyes and get on with their lives.

But there's something pathetic and insecure about the whole exercise. The United States is a patriotic and religious country that (rightly!) loves its damn sports, especially the homegrown troika of football, baseball, and basketball. Enforcing that love through coerced rituals and Pentagon product placements is not a projection of strength; it's an expression of weakness. Saying "How high?" when a president says "Jump!" is behavior suitable for a royal subject, not an American citizen. Rewarding politicians for playing fan bases off of one another—unless it's Red Sox–Yankees, in which case the old Iran-Iraq rules apply—isn't cheeky-clever, it's creepy-vulgar.

Have some damned confidence, America, and stop listening to confidence men.

Now, for some postgame analysis, here's Ken White:

Photo Credit: Sam Riche/TNS/Newscom (2 images)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Matt Welch is a little pussy who should live in Iran.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-05-24   6:28:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: A K A Stone, nolu chan, Deckard (#1)

The article is kinda silly. There are all kinds of ways for players and owners to undermine this.

At least one NFL owner has already said that he will pay the fine personally for his players kneeling and won't pass the fine on to them. Expect others to follow suit. I think at least half the owners will do the same thing. The fines are nothing to the tycoons who own these teams.

IOW, it ain't over, not by a long shot.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-24   6:38:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Teams will now be fined if their employees don't show sufficient on-field respect during the National Anthem, because we live in a very serious country.

Gotta keep those DOD checks rolling in!!

Jameson  posted on  2018-05-24   7:27:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Jameson (#3)

We know you like bending over for Barry.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-05-24   8:22:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

"Under the new policy, players will have the option (which they enjoyed before 2009) of sitting the anthem out inside the locker room."

Sounds fair. No player is forced to do anything they don't want. What's the problem?

Oh, wait. I get it. The players are upset because they're not allowed to throw an in-you-face tantrum on the field where paying customers who disagree with them are forced to watch.

Well, those paying customers were walking out, refusing to watch your silliness ... or the game.

Take a poll of the fans and most wouldn't even know WTF you're protesting. Or care. All they know is that you're disrespecting the symbol of their country -- spoiled millionaire bitches who have it 10X better than the average American.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-24   8:57:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

Because nothing says "patriotism" quite like ordering people under penalty of a fine to stand up during the National Anthem, the taxpayer-soaking cajillionaires who run the National Football League have announced a new policy of fining any team caught having an employee sitting, kneeling, or acting disrespectfully on the field while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before a game.

Rubbish. The NFL lost about 8% of its viewing audience each of the last two seasons. Also, the number of fans who came to the games disguised as empty seats became embarrassing.

Thus continues a controversy that began with then–San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the anthem in an August 2016 preseason game to protest police brutality; that continued that fall with various players kneeling, locking arms, and putting fists in the air;

The players, on the job, in uniform, knelt or sat when the National Anthem started, and rose when it ended. Then-NFL fans hit the league in the pocket by staying home and tuning out. What the people perceived, and reacted to, was disrespect to the flag and the anthem, and the league's failure to act.

nolu chan  posted on  2018-05-25   0:22:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: nolu chan (#6)

The players, on the job, in uniform, knelt or sat when the National Anthem started, and rose when it ended. Then-NFL fans hit the league in the pocket by staying home and tuning out. What the people perceived, and reacted to, was disrespect to the flag and the anthem, and the league's failure to act.

Dicktard doesn’t respect capitalism... when it ties the hands of his cop hating, Black Lies Matters... drug loving agendas.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-05-25   7:35:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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