NFL fans were outraged when players across the league protested during the national anthem.
When fans started burning gear, season tickets, and booing their home teams, you’d think players would get the message and go back to playing football.
That’s what makes this announcement from the Green Bay Packers players about tonight’s game so shocking.
In their home game against the Chicago Bears tonight, Green Bay players plan to continue their protests during the national anthem.
In a statement issued ahead of the game, they’ve announced their intention for players, coaches, and staff to lock arms during the national anthem.
While this isn’t kneeling, the statement shows Green Bay’s true intentions to continue the very same anti-American protests started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
They’ve asked fans to do the same, “for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly.”
The Packers – and the NFL at large – must think their fans are stupid.
Anyone watching can clearly see these players are locking arms against the majority of their fans – American patriots who are upset with their protests during the national anthem.
Their public statement is little more than the Black Lives Matter propaganda that’s angered so many.
Despite TV networks refusing to show images of angry fans, the NFL can’t hide the fact its ratings are dropping. So long as football teams like the Packers want to smack their fans in the face with anti-Americanism, it will continue.
The fundamental problem is the continued act of protesting our country during the national anthem, showing disrespect for our flag and our men and women in uniform.
The Green Bay Press Gazette highlights the feelings of some loyal Packers:
“I am so ashamed of and appalled by the ignorance of any NFL player who would dare disgrace our Stars and Stripes or the memory of hundreds of thousands of fallen U.S. heroes who paid with their lives so that we may live free,” said Steven Tiefenthaler, a native of Brookfield who now lives in San Antonio. Tiefenthaler is a Packers shareholder and 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran.
Tiefenthaler said he was humbled by once flying the remains of American servicemen to the states, an experience that stays with him.
“My allegiance to our American flag and to our national anthem will always stand far above any loyalty to the NFL or to the Green Bay Packers organization,” he said.
Laura Hapke, a La Crosse native now living in Orange, Calif., said the Packers were the last team she expected to do what they did Sunday.
“If they come out and say they are more into politics than patriotism, I’ll have to rethink it,” she said. “It will break my heart, but I’ll have to rethink it.”
“I watch football to watch football. This [is] an entertainment business. Bringing in the drama and political rhetoric to the job is not entertaining,” said Herb Jabs of Mt. Horeb. “I think the league underestimates the tolerance of normal fans who seek out football to get a break from the daily barrage of rhetoric of political division.”
Many football fans just want the players to leave politics out of the game.
If players want to protest outside of the stadium, there likely wouldn’t be such an outburst.
Instead, what the anthem protests are really about is about disrespecting our flag and our country.
And for those who would say otherwise, just look at this quote from Colin Kaepernick in August 2016:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Pretty much ends the debate over what these anti-American protests are about, doesn’t it?
So will you be watching the game tonight?