The vast majority of America will call it too little too late, and they aren’t wrong, but the National Football League owners FINALLY voted on what to do when players take a knee for the National Anthem. The teams themselves will be fined.
“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players,” [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell said in a statement. “We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.”
The NFL is also committed to making money which will not happen when they tick off their fan base to the point that they quit attending games, and quit watching broadcasts. The league profits when advertising slots can be sold for a lot of money. With dwindling audience numbers, the owners of the Not For Long league are bound to be losing lots of dough.
As for what this policy means for the players, the message is simple: either stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room. The players are not amused.
“NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League,” the statement reads. “Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”
Goodell still insists that the entire kneeling thing was all about bringing attention to social justice issues throughout the country. Too bad he and the players have no clue social justice warrior causes really don’t mean much to a good percentage of Americans.