Photo, above: Members of the Baltimore Ravens kneeling during the national anthem in London in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. About two dozen players from both teams refused to stand for the national anthem.
There will be no winners of today’s game, only losers. The NFL loses money, probably lots of it. America loses a bit of its soul and love for a sport now overpopulated with crybaby multi-millionaires, who, rather than blowing kisses to their fans in the stands for making them rich and famous, disrespect them, symbolically sticking both middle fingers in their faces by taking a knee or sitting on their ungrateful asses during the national anthem.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should be fired for allowing the divisive antics of the kneeling assclowns. Otherwise, the league may very well be finished. Good riddance! I used to not like professional football. Now, I hate it! May it dry up and blow away, leaving pure football, college football, as king of the gridiron.
Statement from Owner Steve Bisciotti. pic.twitter.com/bdKWJ4UpCy
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 24, 2017
Capitalism in its highest form is when fans stop showing up, networks tell you to get lost, and you still have to pay the crybabies.
— Powdered Wig Society (@Patreeit) September 24, 2017
From The Hill
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”
Trump also said NFL owners should fire players if they refuse to stand during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,'” he continued, adding, “‘He is fired.'”
The comments came during a broader critique of the league’s actions, during which he also accused NFL referees of “ruining the game” by penalizing players who “hit too hard.”
“Today, if you hit too hard … 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” Trump said. “They are ruining the game, right?”
Multiple NFL players have fired back at Trump, with one Washington Redskins player telling him to “stay in your place” following his comments.
The head of the NFL Players Association, the union representing professional football players, also hit back at Trump, vowing the union “will never back down” from protecting players’s right to protest.
Trump has previously attacked NFL player Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protests the treatment of people of color in America, suggesting Kaepernick was still a free agent because he wouldn’t stand for the anthem.