The more NFL players, owners, brass, and other fellow travelers on the NAPETR talk about this fiasco, the worse it gets.
Incompetent Quote #1:
“What I see with the N.F.L. owners is a bunch of good old boys telling the players: Stay in your place.”
——Black Lives Matter demonstrator outside NFL headquarters.
Comment: “In their place” in this context means“doing the job for which they are paid millions of dollars and not undermining the business of their bosses by irresponsible non-football activities on the field. “ Yup, telling employees to stay in their place is what all employers do, must do, and have every right, indeed an obligation to do.
Calling such employers “good ol’ boys” is bigotry and race-baiting, which is what racist organizations like BLM do.
Incompetent Quote #2:
“We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality has existed in this country for too long,”
——- Jed York,the chief executive and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, which started this mess.
Comment: Good Jed. And a scattering of inarticulate football players kneeling on a football field is a useful way to address racial inequality., is it?And when did “socioeconomic inequality become the objective of the Kneelers? First I’ve heard of it. Do you think that a league of brain-damaged millionaires in the ultimate capitalist business with an antitrust exemption run by elite billionaires in front of football fans paying a hundred bucks or more a ticket is the best forum for a Marxist movement, or whatever you think you’re talking about?
Incompetent Quote #3:
“What we’re trying to do is stay out of politics. We’re not looking to get into politics.”
How does this incompetent, weak, irresponsible man still have a job? The statement is a self-indictment: if the NFL is trying to stay out of politics, why has it been embroiled in a toxic, divisive, existential political controversy of its own making for two season? The answer is that Goodell is a fool.
The way the NFL gets out of politics is by first, telling owners like York that he can either make certain his team abide by league standards and policies, or he can get fined and have every one of his gamed forfeited; second, making the following announcement:
The National Football League is not a political organization, a social justice organization, or a partisan organization, Its products are football and entertainment, and related merchandise, marketing and adverting, and that’s all. It is not in our mission or business plan to subject football fans to political statements, protests or policy debates, and the League deeply regrets its failure to make this clear to all NFL personnel when such activities intruded on our sport last season. We were wrong to allow the misconception to reach the point that it has, so I want to be clear now.
Every player is free, like all Americans, to make whatever political statements, participate in whatever protests, and to author whatever opinion pieces they choose. That is their right. However, they may not do this on the playing field, in uniform, during games or game-related activities, or in a manner and form that connect the NFL to such expressions in any way. If a player does not wish to continue his employment with the NFL under these conditions, of course he is also free, like all Americans, to seek gainful employment elsewhere. If a player is not willing to express the basic respect for our nation and its symbols by standing during the National Anthem as our fans expect them to do and has been part of the NFL’s traditions from its beginnings, they similarly can work elsewhere, or live elsewhere, if this nation is so offensive to them.
I repeat: the NFL is an organization about football, and only football. This is not a matter of debate or negotiation.
There, I just saved the NFL millions of dollars.
You’re welcome, you idiot.