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After President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the growing trend of professional athletes taking a knee in protest of the national anthem, the NFL responded by supporting the protests, and some 200 players on countless teams “took a knee” this weekend.
Fans who were disgusted by the protests — viewing it as an anti-American middle finger to the flag and all it represents — have begun fleeing the game in droves, so much so that DirecTV felt compelled to offer refunds to customers seeking to cancel their NFL package subscriptions.
Now, a CEO for a company that advertises during NFL games and provides wardrobes for NBC’s on-air NFL analysts and sportscasters has decided to take a stand against taking a knee. In fact, he has announced that he is pulling all ads and will no longer provide clothing to NBC talent, according to Independent Journal Review.
That CEO is Allan Jones, owner of the payday lending chain Check Into Cash and Hardwick Clothes — billed as America’s oldest suit-maker — according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
“Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior” in the NFL, Jones said in a statement. Jones, who has been a big supporter of President Trump, ordered his media buyer — ad agency Tombras Group in Knoxville — to pull all ads for Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay here USA, or U.S. Money Stores from all NFL games “for the entire season.”
“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity,” Jones stated, according to The Chattanoogan. “I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere.”
“The next time someone ask the public to finance a stadium this will have a very long term effect,” he continued. “These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases — that’s the only jury that will find sympathy!”
“If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting,” Jones lamented. “The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up — and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.”
“Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior!” he added. “TAKING A STAND … NOT A KNEE!”
Whether Jones is just the first domino to fall or will end up being the lone CEO to walk away from the NFL remains to be seen. However, if public pressure continues to mount and the NFL refuses to address the issue that is driving fans away, we suspect Jones will likely be the first of many to choose standing patriotically over kneeling.
Reported by Fox News
Among the players who kneeled Sunday: half of the San Francisco 49ers. The team released a video of the athletes with the caption: “Together.” Their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals, stood.
The 49ers added in a statement: “For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have all shared the desire to influence positive change. Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same.”
Protesting during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” began last season when Colin Kaepernick, then a 49ers quarterback, took a knee, saying it was to protest social injustice.
Before the Sunday night game, several Seattle Seahawks sat on the bench, including defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Their opponents, the Indianapolis Colts, stood and linked arms.
Earlier, three Miami Dolphins players knelt before their NFL game in London: Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills.
The Dolphins played the New Orleans Saints, who won 20-0. Saints players stood locking arms, having knelt as a team shortly before the anthem, Reuters reported.
After the game, Saints coach Sean Payton praised his team for the show of solidarity.
“It’s a credit to our leadership on the team, and we just felt like they were going to meet and spend some time on it and come up with a plan and we were going to be really unified and I thought it went really well. I was proud of the leadership on the team,” he said.
Several players on the Buffalo Bills knelt, including star running back LeSean McCoy.
The Houston Texans’ Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised a fist while Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews was not on the field for the anthem. He came out of the tunnel after it ended.
Nine Cleveland Browns players, including LB Christian Kirksey, raised their right arms with closed fists.
Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn also raised his right fist before the Rams-Cowboys game. Punter Johnny Hekker had his arm around him.
The Rams played the Dallas Cowboys, who returned to their usual pregame configuration: all standing along their sideline, but without arms linked. Last week Dallas kneeled in unison before “The Star-Spangled Banner” then stood, arms linked, for the song.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, as promised, stood on the sideline during the national anthem after watching from the tunnel last week in Chicago. With the exception of center Ryan Jensen and guard Matt Skura, the Baltimore Ravens all took a knee on the field before the national anthem and received boos from many in the crowd. The team then stood on the sideline after the music started.
Two members of the Detroit Lions—Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa—knelt during the national anthem, the New York Times reported.
Their opponents, the Minnesota Vikings — save for Jerick McKinnon — locked arms and stood for the anthem, the report said. McKinnon reportedly stood behind the sideline.
The New England Patriots stood with their right hands over their hearts, and their left hands on their teammate’s shoulders, the Times reported. During the game, Carolina Panthers quarterback raised a fist after a touchdown, according to ESPN.
“I did it to show black pride, because I am an African American,” Newton was quoted as saying by the outlet. “I wanted people to see the joy that I go out there and play with.”
New York Giants player Olivier Vernon kneeled for the anthem, and his standing teammates Landon Collins and Damon Harrison raised their fists, the New York Daily News reported.
Marshawn Lynch was the only player who didn’t stand for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos’ game against the Oakland Raiders. Last week, 32 Broncos knelt and almost all of the Raiders sat on their bench during the anthem.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee before the anthem, the New York Times reported.
Ahead of the games on Saturday, Trump doubled down on his call for NFL players to stand during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a tweet.
“Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!” Trump wrote.
During a fiery speech at a political rally in Alabama on Sept. 22, Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who engaged in such a protest. In the days that followed, the president issued a series of tweets reiterating his views and calling for a boycott of games by fans.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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As the voices of football fans and patriotic Americans continue to swell in opposition to protests taking place before NFL games, even athletes who endeared themselves to the fans are feeling the sting. Retired Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis is an example.
Lewis made the Pro Bowl in 13 of his 17 seasons, was named Super Bowl MVP, and had a statue erected in his honor outside the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium.
Then came Sunday, when Lewis dropped to his knees during the singing of the national anthem at Baltimore’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London — and now a petition calling for the removal of his statue has collected over 50,000 signatures.
By Friday, a change.org petition for the removal of the statue had almost 69,000 signatures.
Officials are not taking the fans’ passion as lightly as are the NFL’s players.
“There is additional security at the statue plaza at this time,” said Rachelina Bonacci, a spokesperson for the Maryland Stadium Authority.
“Certainly observers can notice the presence of uniformed security officers at M&T Bank Stadium, which includes the statue plaza,” she said. “The additional officers and other security enhancements have been in place since Sunday afternoon.”
The petition reads, “I want the Ray Lewis statue at Ravens Stadium removed because of his refusal to stand during the national anthem. That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it. To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting. I will not stand for that kind of disrespect towards our country, especially from a legend such as Ray Lewis. You stand for the National Anthem as a salute to those who can’t stand because they fought for this land.”
The petition was accompanied by a soul-searching letter from Eric Moniodis, who started the petition, to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
“I sit here heartbroken, searching for answers, and questioning why it has come to this. I am disappointed, to say the least. The team that I have loved since 1996, and the Raven I came to respect more than any other, has defiled my National Anthem, my country, and all of it’s (sic) troops,” he wrote.
Moniodis said Lewis was once a legend, but is so no longer.
“A legend is a hero both on and off the field, and by disgracing this great country by kneeling during the national anthem, on foreign soil no less, he has lost the respect of myself and many of my peers who used to see him in a different light,” he wrote.
Moniodis called refusing to stand for the anthem “blatant disrespect to our country’s solute to our troops, veterans and first responders.”
Lewis spoke about the petition during a local sports radio show.
“It only bothers me if I blatantly did something to gain awareness for myself. What I did — is for our country. That’s why I challenge people,” he said.
Lewis said there was significance in the fact the he knelt on both knees, and not only one. “You can protest, I’m gonna pray,” he said.
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Published by ClashDaily.com | on September 26, 2017
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Behold your Moral Superiors. Good grief.
A bunch of NFL whiners refuse to stand for the national anthem because they want to protest ‘police brutality’ against blacks. Really? Is it any wonder, that this is the attitude of the NFL?
These are the same people that called Tim Tebow kneeling in prayer ‘polarizing’ but now a heap of players disrespecting the flag is ‘unifying’?
Puh-leeze. This ‘Take A Knee’ protest was rooted in the anti-cop beliefs of Colin Kaepernick and that’s apparently perfectly fine. Mr. Pig Socks himself has been really upfront about it. Are you really surprised that these players are jumping on Kaepernick’s anti-cop bandwagon?
The President has said that the NFL is taking a strange position.
After all, just look at their off-season arrest record:
There are a bunch of criminals in the NFL and the league seems ok with that. Frankly, they’re doing well right now — it’s been two and a half weeks since one of the NFL players has been arrested.
As Joseph Curl from the Daily Wire points out, it’s a veritable ‘Golden Age’ for the NFL. There’s even a website NFLarrest.com is a database of arrest statistics of professional football players.
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.
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.
These crimes are virtually ignored by teams that willingly draft thugs. The league seems to have a special appreciation for those who commit violence against women.
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.”
Source: Daily Wire
These are the ‘moral superiors’ that are preaching about police brutality.
Maybe there’s a reason that they don’t like police officers — they get arrested by them.
Remember, this whole ‘Take A Knee’ thing started because Colin Kaepernick wanted to make a statement about ‘systemic racism’ in American police forces.
Kaepernick says that there are ‘bodies in the streets’ and police officers are getting ‘paid leave’ as well as ‘getting away with murder’.
Here’s what he said back in August of 2016 when he was asked about why he sat on the bench during the anthem that first time.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Funny, he’s not so concerned about the (overwhelmingly black) ‘bodies in the streets’ in Chicago that had a bloody year in 2016 with over 750 murders — many of them still unsolved. The website Hey, Jackass chronicles the crime in Chicago and crunches the numbers. They illustrate the stats with helpful visuals.
All of those unsolved crimes apparently mean less to Kaepernick and his ilk than the ‘systemic racism’ that is exhibited by a handful of incidents of police officers (some not even white) every single time a black person is shot — despite the circumstances. Perhaps they should be protesting elsewhere — like inner city Chicago.
Maybe we could find out what their parole officers think of the situation.
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wanted to play football, not politics. Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva felt he had a higher duty. Thus, the former Army Ranger was the only Steeler visible on Sunday during the playing of the national anthem before the Steelers took on the Chicago Bears.
Tomlin admitted that two days after President Donald Trump tweeted out his condemnation of anthem protests, sparking a fierce negative reaction among NFL players, he wanted unity. Tomlin had said before the game that the team would not be on the field for the anthem, citing the players’ decision. Afterward, he said he wanted to respected what his players felt was best.
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said.
He said he let the players decide, with one condition.
“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said.
“They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president,” he added, saying the team decided to remain out of view.
Tomlin said his focus was the game, not the anthem.
“We’re not politicians. We’re coaches and professional athletes,” Tomlin said Sunday. “If those of us or individuals choose to participate in politics in some way I’m going to be supportive of that. But when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games.”
Offensive tackle Chris Hubbard said the players, by a slim majority, voted in favor of staying off the field instead of standing on the sideline holding hands, but that players knew Villanueva was going to do what he wanted.
“Al was cool with it, with whatever we went through. He was on board. That’s Al, man,” Hubbard told Penn Live. “He’s a good guy.”
“We thought we were all in attention with the same agreement, obviously,” said linebacker James Harrison. “But, I guess we weren’t.”
Villanueva, A Bronze Star recipient who three tours of duty in Afghanistan, has said there is a difference between changing society and protesting during the anthem.
“I agree that America is not perfect, I agree there are lot of issues with minorities in this country, I agree we should do something about it,” Villanueva in August 2016, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down when the national anthem of the country that is providing you freedom and providing you $16 million a year is the best way to do it when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and protecting our freedom for less than $20,000 a year.”
“I just know I’m very thankful to be an American,” Villanueva said.