When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, his minions at league headquarters and team owners agreed to donate a reported $89 million to black organizations for social justice training it was seen by many as paying what was ransom money to the national anthem protesters.
The implication with the payout was that the players would halt their kneeling although that was never openly stated. Some have claimed that the money came from other charitable programs that the league sponsored including for veterans and breast cancer.
It is not a mere coincidence that the protests died down to all but a handful following the agreement which all but disappeared from the media after the initial reporting.
Just in time for Super Bowl weekend, one former NFL star who is a patriotic supporter of veterans as well as the military has come right out and called it what it was.
This according to Herschel Walker whose 12-year NFL career included seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings.
On @foxandfriends, @HerschelWalker gave his #SuperBowl prediction and called on players to stand for the National Anthem in respect for our military. https://t.co/Myqcd79Q8a pic.twitter.com/RzdQR0qcot
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 2, 2018
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker accused the NFL of essentially giving out “hush money” to stop players from kneeling for the national anthem.
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner highlighted the fact that the NFL in late November offered $100 million to social justice organizations favored by players.
The move was widely viewed as an attempt by the league to end the controversy surrounding the anthem protests.
“The league gave the players a large sum of money toward their cause. That’s hush money,” he said, adding that players never should have been kneeling in the first place.
Walker said Colin Kaepernick would not have begun kneeling for the anthem if he was the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback, rather than the backup, in the 2016 season.
“When you have an idle mind, you start doing things,” he argued.
Walker said the men and women of the military are what he believes makes the country great.
“Yet you have guys who want to kneel, want to talk about their First Amendment rights. Well, your First Amendment right should be, ‘I want to stand for our military,” he said.
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