The Warped Values Of NFL Fans


Yahoo Sports posted an infographic on polling results regardingthe ongoing national anthem protests following the example of  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Part of it shows that 44 percent of NFL fans would likely stop watching NFL games if more players protest the movement.

This suggests that 44% of NFL fans have more  ethical objections to a sport that panders to hypocritical, Black Lives Matter-supporting dim bulbs like Kaepernick than to the fact that the same sport pays young men to cripple themselves while raking in billions and denying that there is a “causal link” between the concussions it routinely inflicts on players and the debilitating brain disease that is being found in autopsies of more former NFL players than not.

This month a class-action lawsuit was filed against Pop Warner, the nation’s largest youth football league. It alleges that the organization knowingly put its young players in danger by ignoring the risks of head trauma. The complaint also accuses USA Football, the youth football arm of the N.F.L. that  creates football helmet safety standards, of failing to protect football-playing kids from the long-term consequences of repeated head hits, while ignoring medical research (as described in the documentary “League of Denial” and the film “Concussion”) that has raised serious concern about whether football is a safe sport, especially for children.

The suit was filed in federal court in California by Kimberly Archie and Jo Cornell, whose sons played football as youngsters and were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a neurological condition linked to repeated blows to the heads. In March, Pop Warner settled a lawsuit with a family whose son played Pop Warner football and later committed suicide. He was found to have CTE.The NFL begins feeding children into its lucrative concussion machine before they are 12. That doesn’t bother 44% of NFL fans as much as the fact that some African-American players have the same powers of reasoning as the rioters in Charlotte (That’s rioters, not protesters or demonstrators, now. Would someone alert the news media about that?) and feel they should inflict their rudimentary social issues commentary on the football-viewing public. Their conduct is annoying. The conduct of the sport the fans cheer over on Sundays is deadly and criminal.

So which does 44% of NFL fans say is intolerable?

I’d be tempted to say that we now know where Donald Trump voters are coming from, but remember, the other 56% of NFL fans don’t give a damn about either issue.



[Here are the Ethics Alarms posts about the NFL,  its deal with the devil, and how football fans at all levels of the game are complicit in it. By the way, the baseball season has been terrific, nobody has been sent on his way to dementia, and a fantastic post-season prominently featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs is just around the corner.]

12 thoughts on “The Warped Values Of NFL Fans

  1. Obviously both problems need to be dealt with. As far as the Pop Warner lawsuit I really think there should be some more scientific studies on the incidence of severe head injuries in football before forcing everybody to play flag football. Most team sports put kids at some risk of injury. Soccer for example is played without a helmet and it doesn’t take too much to imagine that some kids head colliding with a high speed soccer ball could result in head trauma.
    As far as Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter morons, I think if the NFL fans are really concerned about this that they should vacate their $400 seats and quit coming to games. The Black Lives Matter lowbrows could then have a league of their own!!

      • Irrelevant to the post! The issue is brain damage that causes eventual dementia. It has nothing to do with in-game fatalities. And I think that was made clear. Why the deflection? Feeling guilty?

        • No. I played football in high school (not particularly well) and I think this trend of taking away the opportunity of playing so-called dangerous sports is leading to the pussification of young men. Attornies obviously make a lot of money out of these class action lawsuits and whether they care about the kids or not is irrelevant. The NFL may be a different story. I’ve learned that one or two studies prove nothing and “Concussion” was “based on true events” whatever that means.

          • I think you need to read up. This isn’t a matter of one or two studies, and the issue isn’t “dangerous sports.” the issue is a sport that induces concussions, which were long misunderstood. You quoted Rush Limbaugh’s silly dismissal of the issue. The fact is football damages brains, and the more you play, the more it damages. Ethics is about learning and accepting reality as much as anything else. It’s too bad football causes brain damage, but making money off of brain damage is unconscionable. It’s not complicated.

            • I think there is a big difference between kids playing Pop Warner football and NFL player where the goal is to hit your opponent as hard as possible. It’s true that a large number of kids suffer concussions from team sports, falling off their bikes, running into other kids on the playground. So, should we limit them to playing candy land or checkers? Childhood obesity is a major concern for pediatricians and high levels of cholesterol are common with sedentary children.

  2. I know this is just anecdotal evidence, but two guys I graduated from high school with have been basket cases for fifteen or twenty years now (we’re sixty-five). Both of them played a lot of youth football in seventh and eighth grade. Full pads, full contact. I always thought guys who played football were crazy but I’ve come to the conclusion it was playing football that made them crazy. I think youth football, that is, pre-high school football, is particularly dangerous, perhaps having something to do with a seventh or eighth grader’s brain being even more fragile than that of a high school kid. The two guys that are basket cases most likely played with reckless abandon, as they say, and were probably most likely to suffer the more severe injuries. I suspect some kids, even at an early age, have a strong survival instinct and avoid head contact. It probably makes them less effective players. I suspect it’s the “better” players who are more at risk.

    Personally, I think Pop Warner should be shut down as soon as possible.

  3. Admittedly off-topic, but: when did kneeling become a sign of DISrespect? Given all the fuss that people are making, you’d think the players were giving Old Glory the one-finger salute. As it is, it looks like they’re showing worshipful reverence, but everyone’s mad. I don’t get it.

    • The correct behavior during the playing of the National Anthem is to rise to a standing position and put your right hand over your heart. Singing it is optional (and probably not a great idea for some people). Military or ex-military may salute the flag. Making up your own version of “respect” is improper even if it would be proper in another place I.e. a church service.

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