So much for America’s Team. The NFL’s flagship franchise had the brilliant idea to gather together and take a knee BEFORE the rendition of the national anthem last night and to stand with arms linked during the actual playing of the song.
The Dallas Cowboys were joined by owner Jerry Jones -a self-promoting horse’s ass – in their unique variation of a protest against the legitimate results of the last presidential election. Jones has proven time and again that he only cares about money and the poor character of players matters little as long as they can help his team win in that elusive quest for another Super Bowl.
As for the kneeling, let’s just do away with the false pretenses because this is ALL about President Donald Trump and always has been. Never before has a president had to face the daily smear campaign that Trump has nor been the target of so many racially motivated personal attacks.
The fans in University of Phoenix Stadium showered the Cowboys with boos for their clueless display – their own hometown Cardinals stood with arms locked with members of the military during the anthem.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys kneeled before the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/WduBFX3I5M
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 26, 2017
Expect the NFL’s public relations machine to be set on high as the kneeling before the anthem will be praised as acceptable, it will stem some of the bleeding from fans tuning out but the league’s flagrant foul by throwing in with the cop haters and America bashers has already forever tarnished its brand.
Prediction: ratings will continue to fall as will merchandise sales – with the exception of Kaepernick jerseys and hats.
President Trump weighed in on Dallas’ attempt to have it both ways:
The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
The protests will multiply next weekend as will the number of people who will find other things to do with their time on Sunday.
It’s really hard to see how this is a good business decision for the NFL, it just isn’t sensible to alienate a large chunk of your customer base and no amount of propaganda or media advocacy for the kneelers is going to compensate for the long-term damage that Roger Goodell has done to his league.