NFL sidelines will once again be the location of anti-police, anti-American protests as the first full slate of games kicks off Sunday in what looks to be yet another season marred by controversy and radical leftist politics.
In breaking news, the league is not expected to implement a new policy regarding the divisive kneeling and fist-thrusting during the national anthem by “oppressed” multimillionaire players who have managed to successfully hijack the NFL and in the process, alienate millions of longtime fans.
If Commissioner Roger Goodell and suits at league headquarters thought that they would be able to put the poison and pain of 2017 behind them, they quickly discovered that you can’t negotiate with extremists and that $90 million “hush money” payment made to fund social justice programs only served as a down payment on another year of woe and plunging television ratings.
Then there was the new rule that prohibited players from acting out on the sidelines and carved out an exemption for malcontents to stay in the locker room safe spaces if they refused to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner. That was effectively dead as soon as the outrage junkies in the media started squealing like stuck pigs and the player’s union revolted leaving Goodell with more egg dripping down his face.
Now the NFL is punting.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 9, 2018
The NFL reportedly won’t implement a new policy this season on players standing for the national anthem.
Citing unnamed league sources, ESPN reported that officials will continue conversations on the controversial topic, but that the NFL is unlikely to institute a policy this season regardless of the talks’ progress.
NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality have sparked a heated national debate since former quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the protest during the 2016 season.
The protests drew condemnation from President Trump, who repeatedly attacked specific players, team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFL owners in May voted for a policy requiring players to “stand and show respect” during the national anthem, and threatened to fine teams whose players did not adhere to it.
But after a legal challenge from the players’ union, the league announced less than two months later that it would freeze the policy.
The report that the NFL won’t issue a replacement policy this season comes amid renewed debate over the issue with Nike’s new ad campaign that heavily features Kaepernick.
This certainly doesn’t bode well for the league which was already squishy on the subject before Nike’s big rollout of the “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring Kaepernick that was announced on Monday.
The first Nike commercial debuted on Thursday night during the NFL’s heavily-hyped season-opening matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Eagles won an 18-12 snoozer but the real score that the league should be concerned about were the television ratings that marked a new low for a Thursday night opener.
The league has yet to issue an official statement.