After failing to act early by hitting Colin Kaepernick with a suspension for his kneeling in 2015 to nip the problem in the bud, the $40 million a year commissioner tried to buy off black protesters with an $89 million bribe to a number of organizations to use in social justice warrior training.
What the league and Goodell have failed to understand is that the protests are less about any of the actual grievances of the messianic Kaepernick but have now morphed into racially charged political statements against President Trump.
Now, just as the league hopes that the playoffs will be able to wash the bad taste out of the mouths of fans over the disrespect to the flag and military, an agenda with an open animosity towards Trump is all but guaranteeing that the kneelers will be able to give the POTUS the finger on the biggest stage of all.
Only days after having to delete a tweet where the network endorsed Oprah Winfrey for president after her star turn at the NBC-televised Golden Globes, the honchos have announced that they won’t be turning the cameras off of any of the oppressed multimillionaires who choose to take a knee during the anthem in Minneapolis next month.
NBC says it will show any players who kneel in protest during the national anthem before the Super Bowl https://t.co/60LDA21pz5
— New York Post (@nypost) January 10, 2018
Via Reuters/The New York Post “What NBC plans to do about potential Super Bowl protests”:
U.S. television network NBC, broadcaster of this year’s Super Bowl, will show any players who kneel during the pre-game national anthem to protest racial inequality, the game’s executive producer said on Tuesday.
Several dozen National Football League players kneeled, sat or locked arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the regular season, drawing rebukes from President Donald Trump who called it unpatriotic. Game broadcasters showed the protests during the initial weeks but reduced coverage of them later.
The anthem is typically shown live before the Super Bowl and this year will be performed by pop singer Pink at the Feb. 4 championship.
If any players decide to kneel at the Super Bowl, NBC will cover it, executive producer Fred Gaudelli said at a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, California.
“When you are covering a live event, you are covering what’s happening,” Gaudelli said. “If there are players who choose to kneel, they will be shown live.”
Announcers likely will identify the players, explain the reasons behind the actions, “and then get on with the game,” Gaudelli said.
So, there you have it! The Super Bowl will be politicized this year like never before.
For any of those who may have been thinking of ending their NFL boycotts for the playoffs, a big hat tip should go out to NBC for an advance warning so those folks don’t waste their time.