On October 17, the management and players of the NFL met to discuss a variety of issues. The most obvious issue was the destruction to the NFL brand wrought by players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of whatever it is they’re protesting. However, it appears they discussed that matter little, if at all. Their announced resolution is that while the Commissioner–Roger Goodell–would like players to stand, the League will impose no discipline on players, and will not punish any for their protests. Instead, the NFL issued a statement full of all manner of social justice speak, including helping the players to protest for social justice in their communities. Apparently these special snowflake millionaires aren’t bright enough to deal with such things without help. The NFL is also apparently setting up a sort of social justice academy to teach players how better to virtue signal, and fight for, you know, social justice and equality and stuff.
Frankly, I’d appreciate a bit of equality with the NFL players, and they’re welcome to fight for it by sending me some considerable portions of their salaries. They don’t even have to do it during the National Anthem. It’s the socially just thing to do! Even though I wasn’t born a poor black child like Navin Johnson, I’m a member of an oppressed minority group: English teachers. By the way, whenever I have to fill out a form asking for my occupation, I’m sorely tempted to misspell “English Teacher.” Anyway, the players were apparently horrified Saint Kaepernick The Radioactive was not invited to participate in this vitally consequential meeting. One can scarcely imagine the wonders that would have been inspired by his presence:
However, as you can see gentle readers, Saint Kaepernick is more than willing to step in to save the day in the future. President Trump was not amused, as Fox News reports:
As the NFL’s statement noted:
Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military,’ the statement read. ‘In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.
Actually, that’s much more in the best tradition of pampered, arrogant, entitled criminals.
The NFL’s statement comes one week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to NFL executives and club presidents, aiming to move past the weeks-long feud between the White House and NFL players who have kneeled or otherwise protested during the national anthem at the start of NFL games.
‘The current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,’ Goodell wrote last week. ‘Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
Of course, the League could easily demand players stand and demonstrate appropriate deference to the flag and anthem, but that’s not going to happen, despite President Trump’s suggestion for dealing with the issue:
“The NFL should have suspended some of these players for one game — not fire them — suspend them for one game. And then, if they did it again, it could have been two games, then three games, then for the season,” Trump suggested on Monday. “You wouldn’t have people disrespecting our country right now.
Precisely, but alas, that is not to be. But why is the NFL refusing to enforce its own, long-standing rules? It’s probably, at once, an attempt to appease the players, some 70% of whom these days are black, and a calculation that the damage continuing protests are causing to the NFL’s bottom line will be somehow offset by flaccid virtue signaling. NFL management is betting a sufficient number of football fans will hold their noses and attend games, buy merchandise and watch televised games, despite their disgust at the lack of character, and the behavior, of everyone associated with the enterprise.
The players and NFL also agreed on their newly found interest in criminal justice reform, which is a significant issue for the players, who, in recent years, have often found themselves with a pressing interest in avoiding conviction over their frequent intersections with that very criminal justice system. The Daily Wire reports:
The National Football League is in a golden age right now: It’s been 23 days [as of 09-25-17] since one of its players has been arrested.
The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which ‘provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges,’ the site says.
USA Today also has a database, complete with names, dates and crimes, available here. It’s impressive. Not only are players achieving great things on the field, they’re achieving great things in the field of crime as well. Perhaps they’re practicing for post-NFL careers?
Players get arrested for a variety of crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder.
The NFL virtually embraces players who abuse women. Take this report in the Chicago Tribune: ‘In the first round [of the 2017 draft], the Oakland Raiders drafted Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape. In the second round, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Mixon, who in a much-viewed video punches a woman so hard that she falls down unconscious. In the sixth round, the Cleveland Browns selected Caleb Brantley, who was accused of doing pretty much what Mixon did.
Donald Trump Junior is not amused:
By all means, take the link and read the entire article. The Washington Post helps fill out the new NFL narrative of equality and criminal justice reform:
The NFL’s spokesman said on Monday that the league has decided to endorse a bipartisan bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders, eliminate ‘three-strike’ provisions that require life sentences and give judges more latitude to reduce sentences for certain low-level crimes.
‘We felt that this was an issue over the last months, as we have continued to work with our players on issues of equality and on issues of criminal justice reform, that was surfaced for us, and we thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it,’ NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday during a conference call with reporters.
Well of course! Why would we want to lock up violent criminals with at least three felony convictions for life? Why would we want to force leftist judges who recognize no law but that they make up to give criminals the sentences they deserve? Why shouldn’t we let drug dealers out of prison early? What could possibly go wrong?
Of course, this would not be complete without the help of Congress, who Mark Twain correctly categorized when he said: “There is no distinctly native American criminal class—except Congress.”
On Capitol Hill, spokesmen for the two main sponsors of the criminal justice bill, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), declined to comment about the timing of the NFL’s endorsement or whether it was intended to quell the heated debate over the players’ continued protests. Both said they welcomed the NFL’s support.
But a spokesman for Grassley added that the NFL had not coordinated with the bill’s congressional sponsors in advance of its decision. In the meantime, no other sports league has signed on. A spokesman for the NFL Players Association did not immediately return a call for comment about whether the football players’ union would also endorse the bill.
In Congress, it is not clear whether the NFL’s endorsement will help the bill’s chances of passing. The legislation has already earned the support of some influential groups from across the political spectrum, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Charles Koch Institute and Americans for Tax Reform.
In addition, the Grassley-Durbin bill is the result of a five-year, bipartisan effort. Last year, the duo released almost identical legislation backed by 37 co-sponsors, including 17 Republicans.
At least we can be assured Republicans remain the Stupid Party. It’s one of those things, like death and taxes, upon which we can rely.
The NFL’s owners and management might be wise to review history. Leftists can never be appeased. Whatever concessions are made to accommodate them only encourage them to demand more and more. Pretty soon, they’ll be demanding time at every game for the social justice rant of the week, and can mid-field flag burning be far behind?
“It’s not about the anthem and the flag,” the players whine. “We love our country and respect the military.” That must be why their incoherent protests are pretty much confined only to game days and the few minutes the national anthem is performed. What better way to demonstrate love for America?
Wouldn’t their protests be much more effective if they simply refused to play? Why don’t they merely “occupy” the field and take turns at the microphone denouncing white supremacy, white privilege, Donald Trump, inequality, the police, the Boy Scouts and the criminal justice system that so cruelly tries to punish them for committing felonies despite their enormous contributions to equality, bringing us all together, and world peace? I mean, isn’t that what professional football is all about? Unifying America? And what of the general unfairness of being paid millions for playing a children’s game? How can anyone bear such noble suffering? Wouldn’t that raise their current virtue signaling to new heights? Why confine such indispensable social commentary and unceasing efforts on behalf of mankind to a mere few minutes at the beginning of football games? Seize the whole enchilada! Really make the God and gun clingers sit up and take notice and join the holy social justice crusade!
The answer is obvious: that would actually cost them money. Even the spineless NFL owners and Commissioner would have to withhold pay if they did that, and besides, football is far more important than loyalty to the nation. I mean, it’s football, for goodness sake! As long as the owners keep shoveling the cash, the players are more than ready to keep spitting in the eyes of their customers. It’s the American way.
I suspect in the not too distant future, NFL teams may end up having to move to coastal, leftist cities. Unfortunately, leftists, while they just love criminals, tend not to be terribly interested in football, or the people that play it. Oh, they’ll be delighted to spend tax money on stadiums, they’ll issue statements in solidarity with social justice rhetoric, but damned few will want football players moving into their neighborhoods, nor will they be interested in attending games, or buying NFL merchandise.
But hey, one has to sacrifice a bit for social justice, right?