The former politics-free National Football League used to enjoy a mostly bipartisan viewership with just a bit of a lean toward the red blooded American right. The most interesting departure from athletics we used to see was the addition of pink accessories in support of breast cancer awareness month in October. All of that changed, however, when second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee in defiance to the National Anthem last season.
America reacted to the obvious middle finger that Kaepernick was throwing to liberty and justice for all and that outrage from the right was met with the left’s loud support of anything racist. Even other players joined the politically correct protest in an effort to seem progressive and supportive. But despite their best efforts, Kaepernick remains a free agent, and liberals are furious. They seem to think that a team should sign him on principle, but the coaches and owners don’t agree.
Between the disrespectful players and the disgusted patriots, the only thing Americans seem to agree on is that the NFL needs to stop straddling the fence and make a decision; will they allow the disrespect to continue and alienate their right leaning audience, or will they say that politics need to stay off the field.
Since patriotism obviously isn’t the motivator for the NFL and it’s a money issue, now the chickens have come home to roost. Results from the first week of real live football are in and apparently, they’ve ticked everybody off, because numbers are down significantly from this time last year.