The NFL is now at the epicenter of the culture war. A backlash against traditional American culture is taking the shape of mass protests by NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Even though this National Anthem madness caught almost every player and owner in the NFL, one owner still found another solution to stop their players for kneeling during the anthem.
Lions owner Martha Ford offered to donate money to those players who want to protest the national anthem on Sunday.
running back Ameer Abdullah said: “As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues, for the most part, generally. Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country.
“We do dance around the topic a lot and Mrs. Ford has come forward and said that as long we compromise as a team and unify and make a unified demonstration, she’ll back us financially. So I’m definitely going to hold her to her word.”
Defensive end Cornelius Washington said: “She just asked us not to take the knee and basically told us-not basically, she told us she would back and support financially as well as put her name on whatever issues that we wanted to try to attack. But as far as the kneeling, she just I guess felt like there was better ways to get the point across. And at this point, people know what we’re kneeling for so now trying to take that next step in the plan of action to foster change is, that’s the next part and that’s the part she’s willing to get behind.”
Nice gesture on her part but she should never have to “buy” respect for the flag and patriotism. A guaranteed way to stop it is to “not” pay them for each game that they kneel.
Despite her offer, two players did kneel during the anthem before Sunday’s game against the Vikings. The sad thing is they aren’t protesting for a cause. They knelt last week to oppose the president. The fact is, only a couple players held ‘protests’ until Trump’s tweet. The fact that they didn’t ‘protest’ until Trump indicates this was only politically motivated.
If they were actually concerned about racism and social injustice they would be in Chicago trying to help with the 500+ murders, mostly POC, or taking their millions and giving back to the communities that raised them.
I’m sure there are several players concerned about what they view as injustices but the rest seem to be going with the crowd. The fact that players chose not to ‘protest’ for cash considerations is quite interesting, to say the least.
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