President Donald Trump asserted that if the National Football League would have suspended former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick right away for kneeling during the national anthem, he would not have continued his protests.
He said that the avalanche of copycat protest would have never been triggered if NFL officials and owners would have had the guts to enforce their own rules and had zero tolerance for Kaepernick’s disrespect of the flag and refusal to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
"The NFL should have suspended him for one game, and he would have never done it again," Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pa. "They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem."
Kaepernick’s anti-American national anthem antics began last season as his quarterback rating plummeted to the bottom of the league, spurring the 49ers to release him as a free agent. However, his protests against police brutality directed at African Americans were continued by other NFL players this season. So far, no other team has been willing to sign the distracted controversial quarterback.
More respect for the dollar than the flag?
Even though owners and NFL officials had let the protests go on for some time, the drastic drop in ticket sales and TV ratings – along with the continued fan backlash against the NFL players for dishonoring law enforcement and those serving in the armed forces – has spurred many NFL and team executives to reconsider their left-leaning support of the protesting players.
“On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to team owners that he believed players should stand for the national anthem, adding that the league would consider a rule change requiring players to stand,” Fox News reported, while many teams’ protocols already call for their players to honor the flag.
"I will tell you – you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem,” Trump insisted to Hannity. “You cannot do that."
The president went on to propose that additional suspensions to Kaepernick should have been enforced every time he kneeled during the anthem – until he gave in and changed his mind.
“He said that Kaepernick’s protest was ‘terrible,’ and that it ‘mushroomed’ after the NFL did nothing to stop it,” Breitbart informed.
The commander-in-chief insisted that patriotism in America is still alive and well – even in the midst of the politically correct anti-American trend sweeping through the nation – especially amongst the political left.
“I think people forgot how patriotic we are,” Trump expressed while addressing the issue during a Wednesday speech he gave in Pennsylvania, according to Breitbart. “I think people forgot how much we love our country. They’ve learned over the last week, haven’t they?”
In the NFL’spreseason and at the onset of this year’s regular season, players, owners and NFL officials were prepared to go to war with Trump over the national anthem controversy.
“The NFL, the owners, and the player association – all went on the freedom of speech bit and how they supported their players,” Townhall recounted.
Goodall’s reversal is said to have as much to do with losing the battle the Trump as it does with the NFL’s loss in profits.
“More players took a knee,” Townhall’s Matt Vespa noted. “The NFL was going to war with Trump. They took the bait; bad, bad move, boys.”
It took several weeks of falling profits for the NFL to finally reroute is positioning on the national anthem issue.
“Third week ticket sales plummeted by nearly 20 percent, 34 percent of Americans were less likely to watch football because of the protests, and approval for the league dropped, as well,” Vespa continued. “Since the anthem protests, owners saw the data.”
Even though the left-leaning mainstream media often portrayed the NFL’s anthem protesters as taking a bold stand for racial injustice, most Americans and many NFL fans saw through the anti-American rants often given airtime after NFL games by Kaepernick-supporting players.
“Yes, Trump was right; these antics were torpedoing the NFL’s ratings and the teams’ bottom lines on their balance sheets,” Vespa pointed out. “There was a surge in refunds from ticket holders. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. Fans thought it was disrespectful to the flag, to your troops, and to our veterans.”
An overwhelming majority of Americans saw Kaepernick’s protests as an affront to the flag, as disrespectful to those who protect this nation’s citizens and as an insult to everything the United States stands for.
“Seventy-two percent thought Kaepernick’s antics were unpatriotic,” Vespa revealed. “And that’s the game right there. Free speech matters, but it’s irrelevant here, as is any issue these players were trying to highlight. When you come off as an unpatriotic [miscreant], everything you stand for suffers. Period.”
But when all is said and done, the dollar – not the principle – was what made the NFL bow down to the fans and the president on the matter.
“Well, looks like the owners wanted the wallets to stop burning because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has conceded that they need to rethink the protests,” Vespa concluded.