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Who’s To Blame For the NFL Anthem Fiasco?

The NFL is coming out against President Trump’s “divisive” comments, but he didn’t say anything that half of the American people weren’t already saying. Yes, he was more abrasive in his approach than most, but not all. I have heard worse! He simply echoed what many fans have been saying all along, but the NFL was too engrossed with themselves to pay attention. If they had been paying attention, his comments shouldn’t have shocked anyone. Maybe the NFL wouldn’t have been surprised by Trump’s comments if ESPN hadn’t fired all their conservative commentators.

This is not Trump’s fault.

Blaming Trump for the fiasco is a typical liberal tactic. Blame someone else for our foolish actions, because whether you agree with Trump or not, it doesn’t change the fact that an NFL player started it, and it’s primarily NFL players that have kept it going.

Ultimately, it’s the NFL’s fault that it’s still going. The NFL should have put the kibosh on this from day one. Colin Kaepernick should have been fined for the first offense, and if it continued, suspensions, and yes, even firing. The NFL says they can’t stop someone from expressing their speech, but is that true? In 2003, John Kitna was fined $5,000 for wearing a “baseball-style cap marked with a cross.” While that fine was later rescinded, there are many fines that haven’t. Here are 14 Crazy and Ridiculous Fines NFL Players Have Received.

Disrespect

“One of my biggest pet peeves is disrespect,” Ebron said after the game. “And I felt we were disrespected as an organization.1

This is apparently a common theme among those disrespecting the flag, but it speaks volumes as to how out of touch the NFL is with it’s fans. NFL players have been disrespecting the American flag for months, and they didn’t have anything to say about disrespect. Until now. It’s like they’ve been ignoring their fans. It doesn’t matter if it was only a few players here and there, the NFL wasn’t doing anything about it, and it was still making people angry.

Get Back To Football

So, what’s needs to be done next? The NFL needs to put an end to this. Start issuing fines. $10,000 for the first violation, $100,000 for the next violation, and $100,000 and a game suspension for the next. Get politics out of the game so that fans from both sides–liberal and conservative–can get back to the one they share in common.


  1. Albom, Mitch. 24 Sep 2017. “Mitch Albom: NFL stands against President Donald Trump as comments spark rage.” Detroit Free Press. Web. Accessed: 26 Sep 2017. 

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