The NFL has a huge problems on its hands.
Ratings are tanking as fans flee the game due to America-hating players’ disrespect for the military by kneeling for the national anthem.
Commissioner Roger Goodell tried to lie his way through the controversy but it immediately blew up in his face.
NFL ratings are down 7.5% from 2016 and 18.7% from 2015.
The drop is starting to hit the league’s broadcast partners in the pocketbook as CBS saw its stock price tumble due to lower than expected NFL ratings.
The number one reason for the decline given in every public survey is the players anti-American protests that are staged during the national anthem.
Some players will kneel.
Others will raise a fist in a racist black power gesture.
But no matter what demonstration the players put on, fans are disgusted.
Hometown teams are booed and fans are tuning out on Sundays.
Goodell tried to smooth over the damage by claiming the players are not protesting out of disrespect for the flag.
“NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says players aren’t trying to be “disrespectful to the flag” when they kneel during the National Anthem. But the league still believes they should stand.
Goodell, speaking to reporters after a two-day owners meeting in New York, announced no plans to change the league’s policy. It says that players should stand for the Anthem, but it does not require them to.
The players “will state to you, and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag,” Goodell said. “But they also understand how it’s being interpreted.”
But that is a lie.
When Colin Kaepernick – the ringleader of the protests who wore socks depicting cops as pigs – began kneeling for the anthem he specifically said his protest was about how much he hates America and they flag.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The NFL can try and fudge the facts and rewrite history.
But these protests are about disrespecting the flag and America.