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.]