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i've spoken at length in this forum about the moral vacuity of supporting the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (linked HERE) given their abhorred record of not promoting of social justice of its personnel and clientele as well as the actual inhumane nature of the bloodsport itself, which has shortened the quality of life of many of its participants, professional and collegiate alike. i've criticized them for not only the product that they sell, but also the phony patriotism they wrap it in.
given the apologies this week by current commissioner ROGER GOODELL and a confirmation that yes, the NFL does support efforts to confront racial injustice, i thought i'd revisit the topic. this is why GOODELL and the owners he represents are completely full of shit.
the truth is, for all its macho posturing, the league when confronted by a tyrannical president bent on bifurcating its fanbase along racial lines, basically revealed itself to be impotent, choosing to follow jingoistic patriotism and abandon not only its black athletes, but its fanbase of color as well. just think about that. how. pathetic. the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION when confronted with a NORTH CAROLINA state legislature that ostracized their transgender community and decided where they should use a public restroom, the NBA gave them the middle finger and relocated their upcoming ALL STAR GAME. bold. unwavering. righteous. never mind the fact that they have a longstanding policy of supporting their players on matters of social justice.
the NFL made no such attempt at sending any indication of their being daylight between the shield and the flag. now that 70% of AMERICANS side with the protestors who are demanding long overdue reform and the TRUMP administration is witnessing their support and polling data quickly depreciating before their eyes, oh now the NFL has found a conscious. FUCK THEM.
for all the talk of DREW BREES and TOM BRADY being paragons of virtue, their past actions of complicity and tacit approval of this criminal president will stain them for posterity.
unlike COLIN KAEPERNICK who bravely forfeited his own career for silent, respectful protest in honor of his fellow AMERICANS. he is an actual patriot.
his protest of kneeling during the national anthem has become the de facto sign of respect and solidarity with the movement for social justice for BLACK AMERICANS in the UNITED STATES. again, how pathetic is the NFL?
NATE BOYER, a former GREEN BERET and former SEATTLE SEAHAWK, suggested kneeling as a way of peacefully protesting police brutality during the national anthem while showing it unflinching respect and honor. it was TRUMP that made this an issue and the NFL showed itself for what it is: a lapdog.
a little lapdog with no teeth or sense of moral agency. again, how pathetic is the NFL? i won't forget any of this. SHAME ON YOU.
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at some point this disastrous administration will become a footnote to history and the name TRUMP will forever be analogous with other epithets like COWARD, FRAUD, MYSOGYNIST, CHEAT, LIAR, RACIST and TRAITOR. it will be during this future era that the NFL will have a problem.
that problem will forever be named COLIN KAEPERNICK, the lone athlete that put fealty to our nation's higher ideals of JUSTICE, EQUALITY and DUTY TO OTHERS above personal gain.
literally the KAEPERNICK does not have to play another down. as mentioned before in my recent JERRY RICE entry, his cultural legacy is pretty much set just like that of JIM BROWN, MUHAMED ALI, BILL RUSSELL and KAREEM ABDUL-JABAR standing up to racism back during the heart of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT in spite of potential backlash and professional consequences. they did it because it was right.
it seems fitting that a league filled with billionaire "owners" (and the GREEN BAY PACKERS FOUNDATION) would have chosen to side with a tyrant like TRUMP over their better angels. you have to look not further than their fans. it's not like AMERICAN FOOTBALL fans are the most alert, thoughtful bunch who are beyond blind loyalty to a brand (i mean just look at NY JETS fans). the fact that this angry mob doesn't recognize a true patriot isn't surprising either, its almost like they need a fly-over ceremony and fireworks to get ginned up on jingoistic fervor.
you might be thinking this is all old news, and you'd be right. but currently the NFL is attempting to appear as though they are giving him a fair shot at not being blackballed any further from the league, giving him an impromptu workout for several teams without notice to prepare properly. seems to me to be a setup that once this event happens they can collectively look to the camera and say that he wasn't up for it physically. that in essence his dismissal from the league was justified.
except thats bullshit.
and this stain will never go away. it is part of the legacy of the NFL now and forever.