As could have been expected, the NFL quickly moved to stifle another owner who strayed from the official unstated policy of deference to those who disrespect the country with their national anthem protests.
On Monday it was reported that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had taken a bold stand by saying that every member of his team would be standing for the Star-Spangled Banner this year.
Ross’s comment was made to the New York Daily News during an event where he was receiving an award at the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) March 6, 2018
Somebody quickly got to Ross who has like a typical weasel, reversed himself by joining the cheese-eating surrender monkeys at NFL headquarters who allowed the disciples of a scurvy false race messiah named Colin Kaepernick hijack the league.
— Zesty NFL Dolphins (@zesty_dolphins) March 7, 2018
Via The Bleacher Report “Stephen Ross: ‘I Have No Intention’ of Making Dolphins Players Stand for Anthem”:
On Monday, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said “all of our players will be standing” when discussing his expectation for the national anthem during the 2018 season, per Christian Red of the New York Daily News, but he backtracked on those comments Tuesday.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk shared Ross’ thoughts that his players do support the military and police even if they protest racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the anthem:
“I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued. I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists. I know our players care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same players who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message of social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.”
It is a change of tune from Monday when Ross explained he was initially fine with players on his team kneeling during the anthem but believed President Donald Trump’s involvement shifted the narrative to more of a military focus.
Not exactly a profile in courage is he?
It’s good to see this stuff getting an airing this long before opening kickoff in six months, that way it gives people plenty of time to plan for Sunday afternoons because it’s going to be another season without the NFL.