This past September, the national anthem protests reached an all-time high after President Trump called out those who kneel in disrespect. The anti-American NFL players, coaches, and even some owners knelt during the anthem or stayed in the locker room altogether. Fans didn’t take too kindly to this blatant display of disrespect to our nation and those that have fought to defend it. Over the last several weeks, NFL ratings have been on a steady decline, ticket sales have dropped, and thousands of fans have boycotted the NFL entirely. Now, 24 hours after Veterans Day the NFL is facing even more negative backlash from red-blooded Americans that are fed up with the league’s failure to address the disrespectful protests, and it is doubtful that the league will ever be the same again.
Not too long ago, the weekend’s belonged to football as families would gather around the television or tailgate to cheer their team on to victory. However, those warm feelings towards the game of football changed last year when self-proclaimed “resistance” leader Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel in protest during the national anthem which of course, angered fans across the country. Instead of the league squashing Kaepernick’s social justice warrior stance, executives allowed it to continue despite public outcry.
Now, hundreds of other disrespectful NFL players have joined in on the protest that has only garnered more negative headlines than positive. Fans have made their feelings known to their teams by burning jersey’s, canceling season tickets, and turning off the game in the living rooms, but they haven’t stopped there.
The boycott movement has grown exponentially, and a new Facebook page has popped up named “Boycott The NFL” that already over 200,000 likes on it. The new page has recently released a video calling for all NFL fans to boycott the league over Veterans Day weekend, and the video has received over 670,000 shares and over 10 million views.
A Facebook group with more than 200,000 followers is planning an NFL boycott over Veterans Day weekend.
“We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on November 12th in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for,” it says on the Boycott The NFL Facebook page.
“Until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States, we’ll be here,” the page says.
The issue was thrust back into the spotlight in September when President Donald Trump said NFL owners should fire any “son of a b****” who doesn’t respect the anthem and flag. He has gone on to call the demonstrations disrespectful and blamed them for the NFL’s lower ratings and attendance.
On the Boycott The NFL Facebook page, several social media users explained why they are tuning out.
“I refuse to participate in an event that disrespects the United States of America. I despise anyone who disrespects those that have fought and those that gave their lives for our freedom. Keep taking a knee NFL and you will lose what fans you have left,” one person said.
“Enough is enough. Politics and sports do not mix. This is a reminder of the Olympics boycotts in the 70’s. Not the proper forum for protests. Fans cannot relate to million dollar cry babies. Get back to the work of entertainment,” another wrote.
“I gave up the NFL after watching the first ‘kneel’ this season. I am done; I thought it would bother me, but College Football keeps me entertained. They allowed this disrespect to go on too long,” another user said.
The popular Facebook has published several other videos encouraging fans to boycott this weekend in hopes to hit the league where it really counts, in the wallet.
The only way any of these protests will end is when they no longer have a platform to use. These entitled players are so used to having people laud all over them all the time, and they expect that never to change. For too long, these arrogant players have been coddled and told their opinion matters by the media and even fans, but they have now crossed the line. If you have not boycotted the NFL for whatever reason, join millions of others today by turning off the games and send these arrogant players a clear message that they work for us. If they want to protest, they can do it on their own time, but not on the field, and not when it disrespects those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe.