My feeling exactly.
Today’s headlines tell me that Kansas City Chiefs’ player Marcus Peters sat out the National Anthem during last night’s NFL opener. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t watching.
As consumers in America, we have a freedom to choose the products we purchase with the money we keep from our hard work after our government masters take their half. With that money, we buy the things we need and enjoy. It’s a simple concept; I don’t need or enjoy the NFL, so I do not participate in its offerings. I don’t go to games, I don’t watch them on television or the internet, and I don’t purchase NFL or player paraphernalia. I do this for a variety of reasons:
- The NFL has become a bastion of political correctness and Leftist thought. It may be a small handful of players opposing their country’s anthem, but as long as it is accepted by the owners and coaches, then they have lost me as a viewer. Yes, in the U.S.A. you have the freedom to express your views however ridiculous they may be. I, too, have a right to express my disapproval of your views through my pocketbook.The NFL is a business that sells a product. I happen to now find that product unattractive, overpriced, and out of style – so I refuse to buy it.
- The NFL has immersed itself in the hip-hop culture. Yes, I know this automatically makes me a racist according to the Left, but I simply don’t like the hip-hop culture and the things it represents that have nothing to do with skin color. I don’t approve of a culture whose music refers to women as “b**ches” and “h*s”, glorifies drug usage and violence, and encourages an illicit lifestyle. Plus, I don’t like the clothing. Pull up your pants, you look like an idiot. When this type of “music” blares out over the sound system in the stadium, as it did when I attended my last NFL game, I’m gone.
- It’s a game. As I age, certain things become more valuable to me. Time is a resource and I refuse to give it up to something I don’t enjoy. I do still attend some college games and cheer for my alma mater, so it’s not the game I don’t enjoy; rather, it’s the commercialization and the culture. At the last professional football game I attended, I looked around at the people spending $9.00 for a beer wearing their $90 team jersey, and decided I didn’t want to be one of them. I can still enjoy the game by watching my local high school team. I can even walk onto the field afterwards and make a young person feel good by congratulating them on a good game, great tackle, or exceptional run.
- The anthem. I served my country for six years, and the National Anthem brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it. Every. Time. It represents the collective sacrifice of my friends and colleagues and everyone who went before us. It’s the same flag that was draped over my former teammate’s coffin after being killed in Afghanistan. It’s personal to me, very personal. To sit it out, talk during it, raise your fist, or any other form of disrespect is unacceptable to me. Period. I’m simply not willing to look beyond that. There is no pass on this one. If you can’t stand still and respect the flag of this great nation and everything for which it stands, then you and everyone associated with you isn’t getting one dime from me. When Chiefs fans replace the last word of the anthem with the word “Chiefs” I don’t find it cute or excuse the behavior. It’s disrespectful to the millions of brave souls who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that these slobs could swill their $9 beers and scream at players on a Sunday afternoon. It’s inappropriate, disrespectful and I’m not going to participate.
One aside on this topic: If I understand the argument, those who sit out the anthem think America is a racist country and the national anthem somehow represents the idea that all cops are racists. Huh? Seriously, your argument is just dumb and doesn’t even deserve a response. I would not disagree with those who would suggest that only a handful of players in the NFL hate America and therefore the rest shouldn’t be punished for that reason alone just like all cops are not racists. To that argument, reference items 1-3, 5, 6. Additionally, we are judged by the company we keep. You want to have an America hater on your team? Then I chose not to support you.
- We all have our likes and dislikes, and I simply dislike the culture that has become sports today. Geez, how much can we talk about and “analyze” a game? Admittedly, I pay attention to politics as much as a sports junkie watches games, but what politicians do affects my life. What’s going on in North Korea matters much more than whether or not Tom Brady completed 50% of his passes. If North Korea lobs over a nuke, you can kiss your sports goodbye, among other things.
- Taxpayer subsidized stadiums. A significant number of sports stadiums are subsidized or are built with taxpayer dollars. Does the taxpayer get to park for free? Do they receive free admission to the game? Are they allowed to use the locker room or weight room during the week? Do they get a free “I helped pay for this stadium” t-shirt? Of course not. Government should not participate in local business other than by providing an environment where business thrives. While I commend the shrewd business owner who increases his wealth from government handouts, I do not approve of the practice and refuse to participate in something that encourages it.
So, Colin Kaepernick, Marcus Peters and every other flag protesting twit, this American is done with the likes of you. And, I’m not alone. Welcome to the unemployment line coming soon to your future.
The ‘free speech’ disrespect for the flag and the anthem has consequences. People who are angered and disgusted by such douchebaggery exercise their free speech with boycotts and social media counter protests.
As a retired Army veteran there are some things that are non-negotiable and respect for the symbol that represents the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to protect this country, is a non-negotiable.
This is my response to the NFL players who pull that shit:
First of all, fuck you. Your behavior, especially on the anniversary of a day when America was attacked by animals who would gladly have killed you as well, is pretty fucking despicable. You showed your asses to the country and the reception is understandably less than amicable.
You don’t know one fucking thing about ‘oppression’. Newsflash: Slavery in this country ended over 150 years ago. The Civil Rights Act was passed over 50 years ago. Your parents weren’t slaves. My ancestors weren’t rich enough to own any. The bare minimum wage of an NFL player is $375,000 a year. Where I come from that’s a lot of money. You could warm the bench an entire season and still make a six-figure salary. So, your ‘rebellion’ is an insult to average Americans who earn about 1/7th of what you make.
This bullshit ‘protest’ started with a petulant overpaid, ungrateful punk who was adopted by a white family when his white mother and BLACK father abandoned him.
The dumbassity has spread to other NFL players who think ‘solidarity’ means engaging an act of disrespect and politicizing the national anthem for violent black radicals who burn, loot, vandalize, and slaughter each other at an incredible rate.
For your information, blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population, yet their homicide rate against whites and Hispanics combined is vastly disproportionate to their share of the population.
Where’s the fucking protests?
Ethnicity is exploited for political gain and power grabs by bloviating ‘activists’; attention whores with no intention of doing what it takes to change their situation so that this doesn’t happen. Skin color is used as an excuse for everything from laziness to abhorrent criminal behavior. Throwing the race card and practicing victimology is so much easier than personal accountability. You ignore the crime rate in black neighborhoods, and black on white hate crimes with equal indifference.
If “black lives matter” you need to tell the mutherfuckers to stop gang banging each other. Tell them instead of making lame assed excuses for behavior and character flaws, raise their children to respect themselves and others. Discipline, guidance, and respect start at home with the parents. Look at the example you set. If you’re a gang member, they will likely follow suit. If you are part of the perpetual welfare class and entitlement culture that doesn’t work because they don’t have to, and you manipulate the system and pass the technique along to your children like a goddamned family heirloom, they’ll turn out just like you.
You’re under the impression that your vulgar behavior is ‘courageous’. Wrong. This is courage:
World Trade Center rescuers
Passengers and Crew of Flight 93
World Trade Center Rescue Dog 9/11
Even those rescue dogs have more courage than you ever will.
Oh, and finally, THIS is courage:
Brave Americans—people far better than you—fought and died for the principles represented by the flag, just so you could make a bundle playing a sport.
Instead of acting like ungrateful infantile douchebags, have some respect. Show some class. If you can’t muster the integrity to stand and render honors to the national anthem, that speaks volumes about the content of your character.