Mark your calendars that September 23, 2017, is the day that the National Football League officially committed suicide. The zombie will continue lurching about for a while but make no mistake about it, the NFL is now dead as it previously existed.
For it was this morning that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came out and condemned the legitimately elected President of the United States and by doing so, firmly put himself on the side of the miscreants, malcontents, and race-baiters who have been allowed to hijack the league to push their own divisive political agenda.
President Donald Trump’s comments during a political rally in Alabama on Friday that the league’s owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who didn’t pay respect to the flag by sitting out the national anthem detonated what has been a ticking time bomb due to Goodell’s failure to discipline Colin Kaepernick last summer when he began his anti-American, anti-cop crusade.
Goodell has now caved and in doing so picked sides. Could an announcement that November will be set aside as a month that the NFL endorses the promotion of hostility toward the police and racial equality as a small group recently demanded soon become a reality?
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2017
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
The NFL chief’s comments came the morning after Trump told a crowd at a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange (R) that NFL players will stop kneeling if fans left games.
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”
Trump also said NFL owners should fire players if they refuse to stand during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,'” he continued, adding, “‘He is fired.'”
Goodell’s ripping of Trump isn’t enough for the troublemakers. Black Lives Matter ringleader DeRay Mckesson – a man so deranged that he recently claimed the movie poster for the “War for the Planet of the Apes” depicted him as one of the apes – tweeted that the Goodell was pretty much a pussy for not more harshly coming out against the leader of the free world.
— deray (@deray) September 23, 2017
Granted that Goodell has painted himself into a corner on this divisive and controversial social issue that was allowed to gestate within the belly of his league until it burst forth from its chest cavity like one of the Xenomorphs in the “Alien” movie franchise.
Not that anyone should have any sympathy for the man who may have made boatloads of money for the owners but has nearly destroyed the product on the field as well as the league’s brand during his ruinous and scandal-plagued tenure at the helm.
Plummeting ratings will now begin to reach freefall speed with Goodell’s decision to firmly put himself in the camp of the malcontents and the America haters, it was already looking grim in terms of a ratings rebound after the first two weeks and look for that trend to continue after this morning.
Good luck with filling those stadiums now the NFL’s head honcho has just given his blessing for hundreds of players to sit out the national anthem during Sunday’s games.