The long shadow of Colin Kaepernick has once again fallen across the NFL. In the context of 2020, and the BLM/Antifa race riots, will the game survive unscathed?
With the heinous death of George Flynn, the nation has once again been plunged into a crisis pitting legal authorities and black Americans against each other.
With BLM charging back onto the scene, the conversation about kneeling was reintroduced. Drew Brees kicked the hornet’s nest when he tried to make a very simple statement about not wanting to dishonor the flag under which his own relatives had fought.
Not long after that, he was offering an apology for having said so. Judging by the death threats, the first one wasn’t enough. He and his wife offered a second one. Here is a sampling.
Brittany said, “I think yes this is what it’s all about…Only until the last few days ,until we experienced the death threats we experienced the hate… Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us.. how could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? But that’s the whole point.
“Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one an another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa parks, Harriet Tubman.. and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love , be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice,” she continued.
“Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing. Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM. To say ‘I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag ‘.. I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion‘s of what that flag means to us,” she added. —NYPost
Then any number of athletes went onto social media with a message of ‘I am George Floyd’, or one of the other names being held up as faces of the movement… including Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
It’s not just the players.
Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
That’s right, Roger Goodell has raised the white flag to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.
“We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.” –Yahoo
At this rate, once the Chinavirus has run its course, will there be any football to go back to?
Mark Levin doesn’t think so.
2. You and your players can line your pockets with billions every year with someone else’s money. Perhaps Antifa and Black Lives Matter. It’s time to boycott the NFL. I am. Done.https://t.co/tfJT2nnCLQ
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 6, 2020
How about our readers?