National Anthem Protests

Barack Obama playing pocket pool during the National Anthem in 2008

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  1. Anon says:

    If you just look at the cold hard facts here, the NFL is nuts if it does not bury this controversy as soon as possible. There is absolutely no upside. And the downside is that there are 63 million people that voted for Trump who have just about had it with the MSM. If those people suddenly turn off the TV and stop attending games… watch out!!! And it is getting to the point this could be a reality.

    • Gail Combs says:

      They are not dropping it. They are doubling down.

      Kerr even says he has met Reagan, both Bushs Clinton and Obama but refuses to meet Trump because RACIST!!! since he had the utter GALL to object to overpaid idiots disrespecting our National Anthem.

      Link

      This seems to have the letter removed. Also Twitter seems to be censoring the negative comments per usual.

      https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/911712796093562880/photo/1

      Brother do this A$$ES turn my stomach.

      Leftist logic:
      We can scream at you, toss stuff at you, beat you up and even KILL YOU. However if you open your mouth to object to being treated as a valueless slave, then — RACIST!!!

      • Kris Johanson says:

        “…refuses to meet Trump because RACIST”

        Let’s not forget, Trump owned the NEW JERSEY GENERALS, and the WHOLE PURPOSE of the USFL was to successfully sue the NFL and make them merge with or buy out these USFL teams!
        They still hate Trump for that, no doubt…

    • Gail Combs says:

      Here is the list of NFL sponsors plus contact info as promised: link

  2. Gail Combs says:

    Jerry Jones: “Cowboys Will Stand For The Flag Or “Your Ass Will Be Off The Team”

    https://t.co/fIGMKVwWMf
    ….

    A Marine’s letter to the NFL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQ1dYFa1RA

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Looks like these idiots may be playing with fire:

    NFL gets billions in subsidies from U.S. taxpayers
    http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/30/news/companies/nfl-taxpayers/index.html

    The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks
    http://www.npr.org/2014/01/18/263767372/the-nfl-big-business-with-big-tax-breaks

    “The N.F.L.’s eligibility for 501 (c)(6) status is not based on its characteristics but was instead set by Congress in 1966 when Public Law 89-800 passed, redefining tax-exempt organizations in section 501(c)(6) of the tax code to include “professional football leagues.””
    H/T to jeans2nd @ the ConservativeTreeHouse.

    With luck someone will start a White House petition to end these goodies. — Watch 1 million signatures in 24 hours. ?

    • Arn says:

      Strange that all those good doers(corporations,IMF members,UN employees etc)
      never pay taxes.
      Though football is the very last resort to need that kind of stuff as you can cut the players income by 50% and they would still be filthy rich.

      Seems some very rich people made the laws as they like them
      and colleges became so corrupted that they give dumb,uneducated,violent and illeterate people exams for just playing football.
      And someone who does such things is open to any kind of perversion
      and lawbreaking-and thats why universities produce so many lefty loonies.

      • RAH says:

        I have never begrudged what professional football players get paid. Their career can be ended in a split second. It happens all the time. Sure one can supply many examples of people in other dangerous occupations and/or services where the same applies up to and including their very lives. But I’m a supporter of the free enterprise system and I say if one can earn huge bucks because of a demonstrated ability then more power to them.

        • shempus says:

          I am for free-markets, but not for taxpayers subsidizing sports teams, especially those that ‘protest’ their country over specious non-issues.

          • Arn says:

            That’s what i’m talking about.
            Getting as much money out of a free market os a completely different animal than subsidizing.

            Both are opposed to each other but some people just take the best out of two worlds while in fact living in just the first of them(everything free markets make them enjoy life) and pretending to live in the second(pretending to be social while missusing loopholes)

  4. AndyG55 says:

    Obama’s UTTER CONTEMPT for America, and the American people…

    …. was exemplified by that one picture

  5. RAH says:

    We are watching the NFL commit suicide. The players are so fucking stupid that they don’t realize that they’re strangling their golden goose and the league president is such a eunuch that he is going to let them do it. It is a sickening thing to watch the effects of “social justice” and PC as they kill the game just as they have been trying to kill this nations history. Even if the NFL did an about face right now, which there is no indication they are going to do, the damage already done would take years to recover from. A lot of people totally agree with the presidents statements on this but of course in the legacy media and ultraleftists ESPN, they are doing their best to paint the POTUS as a racist for saying what so many people think. In the end the people will vote with their dollars and stay away from the games following the lead of what a substantial number of former fans are already doing, but more importantly they will vote with their TV controllers, because TV revenue is where the NFLs big money comes from. People quit watching and the revenue for paying players will decline.

    • Gail Combs says:

      It is not just the people who watch…..

      The rest of us can Boycott NFL Sponsors since the NFL has NO SOCIALLY REDEEMING CHARACTERISTICS!!!

      So shortly I will update the list of 2017-2018 NFL sponsors. I continue to focus on the lack of accountability for players commiting domestic violence as my reason for this. If yo are so empassioned, write to the NFLPA and tell them supporting/ defending perpetrators of Domestic Violence is wrong, and a travesty. There are other issues. You can have your opinion about those but when Ezekiel Elliot is not banned for life or for 3-5 years from the NFL, I have problem… These guys should be in jail. Not serving a NFL sanctioned penalty. PRISON. Period. A second chance should await many of them, as is deserved in America. But some need a long sentence and a significant outlay of cash to DV organozations and to think about their crimes, deeply, before release….

      From another commenter
      Joe Mixon..Oklahoma.. Running back… Will be drafted and make millions… Beat. The. Shit. Out of a woman… On video…. Is your team drafting him? Are you willing to write your team owner and share your thoughts on this pile of excrement?….

      The NFL is nothing but low-life perverted SCUM who endorse violence against WOMEN, CHILDREN and POLICE!

      And to add insult to injury…
      Mar 8, 2017 — FORBES: NFL Sponsorship Soars To $1.25 Billion, Up 4.3% Year-Over-Year
      “Despite all of the attention paid to dwindling NFL TV ratings….”

      Talk about the multi-national corporations flipping the US citizens the middle finger!

      • RAH says:

        When person stops watching the games on the boob tube, they’re in essence boycotting the sponsors. Eventually the effects will be felt.

        • Gail Combs says:

          RAH “When person stops watching the games on the boob tube, they’re in essence boycotting the sponsors….”

          RAH, I have not watched the Boob Tube in four decades. A listing of sponsors lets me write nasty complaint letters telling them it is not only the TV watchers they are losing by supporting Women beating Dog killing Anti-police civilization haters.

          Remember they UPPED their sponsor ship in response to Amercian’s boycott. Now they need to get really slammed.

    • Gail Combs says:

      MORE on the NFL

      http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/latest-news/2017/08/27/four-time-nfl-pro-bowler-michael-vick-joins-fox-sports
      Michael Vick the dog killer gets to be an announcer. He drowned some poor pooch in a backyard pool amid other acts of torture. http://aldf.org/resources/laws-cases/animal-fighting-case-study-michael-vick/

      Why ever would we want to support these A$$h01es???

      • Gail Combs says:

        NFL Arrest provides an interactive visualized database of fifteen years of National Football League player Arrests & Charges.

        http://nflarrest.com

      • Latitude says:

        Strange world we live in, isn’t it?

        When are group of people, that have had preferential treatment for over 1/2 century…..
        …are oppressed

        • Gail Combs says:

          Well, I for one am darn sick and tired of it.

          Time to end Affirmative Action and tell the ‘minorities’ to put their Big Boy pants on and act like grown-ups instead of spoiled brats.

          • Latitude says:

            You know Sis….I’m going out on a limb here…..but any other group of people that had these advantages..for this long….would be running the world by now

          • gator69 says:

            They are running the USA right now.

          • Gail Combs says:

            Well they seem to be trying…

            May 8, 2015DoJ: ISIS winning the propaganda war with sophisticated and prolific messaging

            28 June 2015 Isis, a year of the caliphate: 4 maps that show how far and fast the group has spread

            ‘From its base in Syria and Iraq, the so-called Islamic State has extended its influence at an alarming rate across the Middle East, Africa and beyond’

            Montana Governor Rejects Bill Banning Shariah Law in Courts “Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have banned Shariah and other foreign laws from being used in Montana courts…. Montana was one of the 13 states considering legislation seeking to prevent the use of foreign law in state courts…. Bullock said he was disturbed that the ban, if he had signed it, could have been seen as an “endorsement for anti-Muslim sentiments and activity.”

            This is an ongoing fight to have Shariah Law recognized AS LAW in the USA. Remember AG Lynch: ‘We’ve Had Over 1,000 Investigations Into Acts of Anti-Muslim Hatred, Including Rhetoric’ — (wwwDOTcnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/lynch-over-1000-investigations-acts-anti-muslim-hatred-and-over-45) but Lynch did not have a problem with the IRS, ATF, OSHA and others targeting True-The-Vote and other conservative groups.

            The fact that Islam is not recognized by our government, even under Trump, as opposed to our Constitution is really, really scary.

            According to a 2010 study, Islam is followed by ~ 0.9% of the US population, compared with 70.6% who follow Christianity, 22.8% unaffiliated, 1.9% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism, and 0.7% Hinduism.

            For less than 1% of the population, muslims have entirely TOO MUCH POWER and INFLUENCE on our government and way of life especially when compared to Christians.

          • gator69 says:

            Gail, I was speaking of the BLM movement, not ISIS.

            In St Louis, the mayor has now put on record that the violence in black neighborhoods is not a problem with inner city thug culture gone wild, but it is because of “institutionalized racism”.

            http://fox2now.com/2017/09/19/mayor-krewson-says-institutional-racism-divides-st-louis-city/

            We are tearing down statues of fallen soldiers, and we are replacing them with monuments to lowlife thug heroin dealers who try to kill cops.

            ISIS can only dream of such mainstream acceptance and unopposed success.

          • Gail Combs says:

            BLM and ISIS are brothers-in-arms. They are not mutually exclusive. Many of the Thugs get converted in Prison and there was/is a Pakistani Sufi cleric Gilani who grabs the thugs as they leave prison. “Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”

            The Clarion Project document also says that, “The MOA [Muslims of America] is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”

            “…Muslim incarceration rate

            Muslims comprise 15% of the prison population. This number far exceeds the percentage of Muslims in the general population. It is eighteen times greater, to be exact. Put another way, there are about 2.4 million Muslims in the United States and 350,000 of them are in jail. That means more than 12%* of Muslims in America are incarcerated.

            Conversion rates

            Reports on the number of prisoners who convert to Islam vary and are framed in different ways. Some sources estimate 40,000 prisoners per year convert. Others put the numbers closer to 135,000 per year. Some posit that 80% of inmates who “find faith while in prison convert to Islam.”

            One thing is for sure: The majority of those who convert to Islam in prison are black, with as many as one in three black prisoners converting. (The number of Hispanic prisoners converting to Islam is also on the rise.)”
            http://can-test.squarespace.com/news/2014/12/8/us-prisons-are-breeding-ground-for-jihadists

            Why Prisons Are Prime Recruiting Centers for Radical Islam
            (wwwDOT)algemeiner.com/2015/11/19/why-prisons-are-prime-recruiting-centers-for-radical-islam/

            Are these two articles talking about the same person???

            Fake NEWS Reuters:
            https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-islamberg-insight/a-tranquil-muslim-hamlet-in-the-catskills-until-the-attack-plot-idUSKBN0OH1D920150601

            vs

            https://clarionproject.org/muslims-americas-moa/

          • gator69 says:

            The BLM’ers will of course pave the way for the rest of the anti-western types, and the violence and racism will continue to worsen.

            It is always the enemy within that makes conquest possible.

  6. Oppressed celebrity multimillionaires. Who knew?

  7. Barack and Michelle said they were oppressed, too. I wish somebody would oppress me like that.

    • Arn says:

      They were so oppressed that Barack ordered
      2 new air force one planes for 4 billion dollars((that’s more/equal the entire annual budget of more than 20 countries on this planet))

      They were so oppressed that they kissed islams butt during all the 8 years
      while willfully ignoring that islam was and is enslaving black for 1400 years
      and still is in countries like Sudan & Mauretania
      as slavery is 100% legal in islam and the term for slave= Abeed means Nigger
      (white women were 10* more expensive than black ones in muslim slave trade and muslim offspring from black female slaves was not allowed to survive)
      while the term slave originates from slaves=slavic people.
      The real story of slave trade is so much different from the official one
      as the story of global warming or obama vs trump is.
      One of them is a massmurderer and sellout to the banksters
      while the other is trump,
      but people were not protesting against the massmurderer because banksters own the tv stations.

      So much about oppression and how much obamas did
      for the oppressed.
      (and i’m pretty sure that during obamas anti opression regency the number of black house and landowners went significantly down
      while worship of gangsters and transsexuals went up)

  8. charles nelson says:

    The U.S. Flag Code dates back to the not-too-distant year of 1942. The decision to enact began with the Pledge of Allegiance—a ritual that used to involve a salute that required you to raise your right hand, flip your palm down, point it toward the flag in a salute and recite the words. These instructions might seem unthinkable today for obvious reasons—they’re reminiscent of rows of Nazis saluting their Fuhrer. But believe it or not, they date from the beginning of the Pledge itself.
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    • Texas Sharp-shooter says:

      Hey, WTF, bend over cupcake. The doctor would like to give you the gift of Smithsonian rolled into a convenient cylindrical shape. Don’t they have a whole Kaepernich wing at the Smithsonian? (And no, I don’t care if I spelled his name wrong. I heard his mother is changing her’s.)

      Damn, I hate getting side-tracked when I have a cogent comment all pent up up and some ass-hat throws me off like that. This guy: the filth spewing EPA meets the clear mountain stream of this estimable blog. I am so TRIGGERED!

  9. Squidly says:

    The NFL, now the NBA and MLB as well. Seems they wish to rid our country of professional sports. I can’t say it would bother me. Money has a tendency to ruin a sport anyway. Bobby Jones refused to turn pro because he felt that money would destroy the game of golf. In some ways it has. Let’s take money out of sports and see how that works for a while .. shall we?

  10. Andy DC says:

    The NFL, or any corporation for that matter, is in no way obligated to provide a disgruntled employee a free soap box in front of 100 million people. If such a person wants acquire one with his own money and time, fine. That is his right as an American citizen. But to exploit a corporation that has paid him very handsomely, without permission and without any regard for the health of that corporation, will get fired every time and justifiably so.

  11. ken says:

    Millions of “people of color” are attempting to enter this country every year by any means, yet rich “people of color” are sick of the unjust and oppressive society whites have created in this country. Am I understanding this correctly?

    • czechlist says:

      This is how communists work. Destroy a nation’s culture from within using useful idiots.
      I find it ironic that the left has been attacking and attempting to destroy American football for 20 years. Now these “Bell Curve” scholars are helping destroy their livelyhood.

  12. Buck Turgidson says:

    “pocket pool”…. hilarious!

    Add this to that short list of things at which obozo excelled.

  13. Colleen says:

    I don’t watch the NFL or TV but wonder why an owner or the NFL would allow the behavior that is going to piss off half the audience? I am in the respect the flag camp, but also believe an individual has the right to disrespect the flag or anthem or pledge, etc. As my employee while being paid by me, they would be fired.

    Football and the NFL is on its way out anyway because of the brain injury problem. More and more parents are not putting their kids into football and as the years pass there will be a tipping point with less talent and interest. If I was an owner, I would sell and cash in before the value declines steeply. This type of conduct is only hastening the eventual demise of the NFL.

    • David A says:

      …as owner I would allow them to remain out of public view, but not to use my paid for publicity to promote their own prejudice.

  14. TA says:

    “Jerry Jones: “Cowboys Will Stand For The Flag Or “Your Ass Will Be Off The Team”

    Well good, at least there will be one team I can watch.

    I watched the start of each game today, and if there was a knee on the ground, I changed the channel immediately. Will continue doing so for the rest of the season.

    It’s just another sign that a lot of NFL players have taken too many hard blows to the head, and don’t seem to understand that spitting on the Flag and the Nation, by taking a knee, infuriates people who love this country.

    The fools could have used many methods to get their grievencies out in the public and they chose to trash football, the Flag and the Nation as their means of protest.

    They have a right to protest any way they want, and I have the right to protest their method of protest.

    They better watch out, or they are going to lose a lot of money and some will lose their livelyhood just to make a foolish gesture, that only serves to divide the nation, not unite the nation.

    Trump didn’t divide the nation because he spoke out against trashing the Flag and National Anthem, it was Kaepernick and his ilk that have caused this division. And it’s not going away, either.

    President Trump speaks the truth and the Left can’t handle the truth, and tear into him for it, but fortunately Trump is in the right, and he’s not backing down.

    The last poll I heard about said 70 percent of Americans did NOT like football players taking a knee at the games. The millionaire social justice warriors should think about that figure for a while. You are not making friends acting this way.

  15. Adamant de-Nye-er says:

    Kaepernick didn’t think this out very well. Genuflection is historically a gesture of subjugation and acknowledgment to the dominance of a higher authority. The servant’s submissive gesture transferred to conservative Christian ceremonials. In football, taking a knee probably originated back when (short) Catholic Priests coached Notre Dame, and needed to get players’ attention or to pray before a game or practice.

    So, how is it that a deliberate acknowledgment of inferiority has become a protest of the oppressed?

    I’ve been ignoring these “protests” by privileged, well-fed, highly paid and spoiled brats who are inappropriately showing their dissent against an imagined and contrived oppression as if by kneeling to a master. It is pitiful, but I simply refuse to be upset by it.

    But if anyone does care to complain to the league or the team about this silliness occurring at a specific sports event, be sure to also do so to the network and station or web site that are carrying the program. The network media will feel the protest first, and will be the first to do anything about it.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    UPDATE: Cleveland Browns Forced To Issue Refunds To 90% Of Season Ticket Holders

    Fox News reported last night that former fans are angrily calling every single team and demanding that they be given their money back for their season tickets – purchases made in good faith – after the NFL betrayed them by siding with whiny “athletes” who think that it’s OK to kneel during the National Anthem and disrespect our country and flag.

    The Dallas Cowboys have refunded money for 65% of season tickets. The Pittsburgh Steelers have given fans money back for 53% of season tickets. But the hardest hit have been the Cleveland Browns, who recently entertained the idea of signing Colin Kaepernick who started this fiasco by kneeling in support of thugs who attack police.
    Fox News reported last night that former fans are angrily calling every single team and demanding that they be given their money back for their season tickets – purchases made in good faith – after the NFL betrayed them by siding with whiny “athletes” who think that it’s OK to kneel during the National Anthem and disrespect our country and flag.
    https://t.co/ZYR9cKa1Tk

    OUCH!!!!

    • Adamant de-Nye-er says:

      Very good! This is how boycotts are supposed to work.

    • gator69 says:

      Gail, you need to check your source…

      About
      When no one can trust the lying fake news liberal media anymore because they hate us and guns and Harley Davidson and meat and OUR president, As American as Apple Pie is here to be your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.

      http://asamericanasapplepie.org/about/

    • neal s says:

      That same source has a story that claims

      “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was fired this morning by the owner’s association that employs him. The owners, finally tired of the disrespectful actions of the players who kneel during the National Anthem, took the cue from President Trump to take action.:”

      But if anyone else is reporting that, it sure isn’t easy to find. While I wish both stories were true, I am beginning to think that that source should not be trusted.

  17. Gail Combs says:

    Another empty football stadium (RAIDERS) if you peak over the NBC graphic used to cover it up.

    https://imgur.com/a/0xMVg

  18. Gail Combs says:

    NFL Sponsors with contact info (I messed up link last time)

  19. Buck Turgidson says:

    Wonder where those NFL players got the idea and inspiration to do something other than stand and put their hand over their heart for the national anthem? That darned Trump!

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      I think their wives are grateful to Trump. This is a much better way to get the tensions out of their poor racially abused husbands systems …

      For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet

      Two women narrate their ordeals. “You will hear of a wife murdered before you hear another one come forward.”

      By Ines Bebea and Simone Sebastian
      The Washington Post

      Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of ruining her husband’s career as a National Football League player — the feeling that coming forth, or seeking justice, would destroy her four children’s financial security. She understands that struggle not only because she, too, was a domestic-violence victim, but because she watched so many other NFL wives, many of them her friends, go through the same nightmare. For each of them, it began with their husbands’ attacks and worsened with a culture that, they felt, compelled silence.

      “We’ve told agents about it, called the NFL Players Association when things were really, really bad,” Smith-Williams recalls. “They would say, ‘Oh, we’re really sorry that you are going through this. We’ll look into it.’ But you never heard back. There’s no one available for the wives.”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/10/17/for-battered-nfl-wives-a-message-from-the-cops-and-the-league-keep-quiet

      I’m sure Ines Bebea and Simone Sebastian are happy about it, too.

  20. R. Shearer says:

    I wonder what the NFL’s position is on abortion and, specifically, late term abortion.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Also Civil War statues, triggering speech, campus safe spaces, animal rights and lesbian adoptions.

      • R. Shearer says:

        Gay weddings, immigration, illegal immigration, border security, wall, DACA, drug use, legalization of marijuana, sexual abuse and violence, soda taxes, photo-radar, Obamacare, peace/war in the Middle East, support for Israel, nuclear power, electric vs. IC vehicles, hyperloop, pornography, government control of the internet, snooping by national security organizations, gun control, GMOs, vaccines, global warming for that matter.

        Hell if they want to get political and alienate all their fans and sponsors, I’m sure they can just do it.

  21. RAH says:

    Yep! It’s going to hurt:
    National Survey: Americans Agree with Trump on National Anthem and NFL Protests
    http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/26/national-survey-americans-agree-trump-national-anthem-nfl-protests/

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