Phony NFL Virtue-Signaling “Unity”

A message to the NFL:

Video by Dean Brown at YouTube.  Thank you, Dean. This song by Merle Haggard couldn’t be more appropriate background music for fan reaction to this week’s NFL National Anthem fiasco.

Now comes news that the Green Bay Packers had a new plan for their game last night. They expected fans to stand with arms linked with neighboring fans during the National Anthem, as the players themselves planned to do (instead of kneeling in disrespect for flag and country).

Maybe I’ve had too much caffeine on National Coffee Day, but I’m sorry. We already have, and have had for decades, a tradition about how one is supposed to behave during the playing of the anthem.

What gives these PC social justice warriors the right to decide for everybody else that this nation is going to change that tradition for this new one they’ve just invented, in order to try to assuage the righteous anger of the nation they disrespected by politicizing their sport in the first place?

The NFL already has rules about how all players should behave during the anthem, and it doesn’t include linking arms in any phony show of “unity.”

What does their version of unity mean other than to try to draft everyone else, including the fans, into a show of “unity” against our president? (And for Black Lives Matter?)

Here are the NFL rules about how to honor the flag during the anthem:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

According to their own rules, players who’ve knelt during the anthem should have already been fined and made to stand respectfully at attention. Ditto for all players who recently avoided the anthem altogether by staying in the locker room like cowards.

Introducing this “linking of arms” to the proper, traditional behavior remains, in my opinion, an attempt to introduce other messages, political messages, into what should be a simple expression of honor and gratitude for our country and for those who have fought and/or given their lives to keep us free.

We show unity already, when all players and fans stand together at attention to honor our flag, which represents all of us–the entire nation, united under God, indivisible.

This is akin to how Barack Obama tried to change the meaning and the symbolism of President Bush’s declared National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 (aka Patriot’s Day) into something else altogether by declaring his own National Day of Service and Remembrance, omitting references to prayer and terrorism.

So now the NFL has tried to take the onus off the players, whom the coaches believe shouldn’t have to “choose” whether to kneel or stand during the anthem, and tried instead to transfer the onus onto the fans, making the fans choose whether to honor the flag in the traditional manner or be shamed into the virtue-signaling political act of linking arms in a show of unity against Trump.  “Comply, or be seen as someone who’s against unity.”

No doubt about it. They believe that President Trump started this controversy, when nothing could be further from the truth. Without doubt this controversy is divisive. But who divided us? The players who decided to introduce politics into the playing of our anthem, and their bosses who allowed them to do so, against their own rules.

Their attempt to change tradition is offensive. It’s not buying the NFL any sympathy from anyone who can read their signals.

What’s so hard about the NFL enforcing their own rules?

Why is it so hard for them to tell their spoiled brat employees that their “free speech” doesn’t extend to disrespecting the flag, the fans, fellow players who do respect the flag and country, and the entire nation, including its duly elected president?

The NFL chose to side with their snowflakes because they feared … what? To be called racists? Bigots? Privileged white men?

Well, people reap what they sow. There’s no undoing the choice the NFL has already made.

Anyway, Happy National Coffee Day. And have a good weekend.

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117 responses to “Phony NFL Virtue-Signaling “Unity”

  1. https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/09/29/picture-of-man-kneeling-during-taps-at-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-is-sparking-outrage-following-nfl-protests/

    You NEVER give in to brats throwing tantrums. You NEVER give progressives and inch or they will take a mile. NOW we have the disgrace of someone “taking a knee” at the playing of Taps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    This is cultural genocide. Make no mistake about it. It is a planned, coordinated attack on the traditions, the culture, the history, the symbolism, and anything else that this nation has held dear.

  2. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/09/28/nfl-player-in-tennessee-tells-upset-titan-fans-to-stay-home-ok-bye/

    “Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said fans upset by team demonstrations during the national anthem can stay home.

    “And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean. OK. Bye,” he told the Tennessean. “If you feel that’s something – we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game.” …”

    So there you have it. Does HE still have a job, one wonders? If so, then why?

    One other point about this linking of arms. You can see that this is a way to still allow the protesters to “protest.”

    Why can’t they just CONFORM to the proper behavior and why can’t the coaches just order them to behave in the proper manner? Is that too much to ask? The coaches act like the parents of spoiled brats who suddenly realize that their indulgence is costing them dearly. But hey. They must STILL allow the brats to chalk up a “win.” They have to let them modify the behavior so that they don’t have to admit that they MUST follow rules like everybody else.

  3. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/09/28/bad-and-getting-worse-nfl-ticket-sales-drop-almost-18/

    I’m not the only one who believes this NFL “unity” meme is an anti-Trump thing.

    Spike Lee seems exasperated when the Gold Star family tells him that they perceive this “taking a knee” as a direct symbol of disrespect for their dead son. He lectures the family that the “narrative” is false. The players do respect the flag and the country! That’s what Spike says. But hey. Hoist on their own petard. The alt-left, and especially blacks who see microaggressions everywhere, have invented the rules and have said this IS the rule: The INTENT of an action or symbol does NOT MATTER. ALL that matters is the PERCEPTION of the person who is OFFENDED by the action or symbol. Thus, no matter the intent of Confederate monuments or statues of St. Junipero Serra or Robert E. Lee or Christopher Columbus–if anyone finds offense, then the monument or symbol (or behavior) MUST BE REMOVED.

    Therefore, since at least 2/3 of the country is OFFENDED by the kneeling players’ behavior and since they PERCEIVE it as disrespectful and insulting, the players (by their own NFL rules) should CONFORM AND BEHAVE AS THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BEHAVE OR ELSE. This is important. Rules exist to be followed. Laws exist to be respected and obeyed. EVERYONE, no matter their color, religion, national origin, sex, is EQUAL under the law and rules, and everyone must obey the rules. Nobody gets special dispensation on account of color, religion, national origin, sex, or any other characteristic. THAT’S what justice looks like.

    • http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/grieving-nfl-fan-take-away-one-last-places-americans-least-3-hours/

      One fan’s take:

      “… Then Krapernick… A nasty evil, stain whose twisted thoughts chose to disrespect America, vets and yes, the fans. But I thought this is America’s sport. Surely he’s the exception. But then a few more sat or knelt and I thought they shouldn’t allow this.

      The league has rules and I thought about what the league hadn’t allowed. 9/11 shoes, honoring the fallen Dallas officers, even excessive end zone celebration. But nothing was done. We were supposed to pay and be silent. I finally could no longer watch. My sense of right and wrong, wouldn’t allow it.

      Then this year the President spoke up for America and they showed us how they truly felt. We were just their meal ticket. We paid, but how we felt meant nothing.

      They are protesting a lie. … They have no right to hijack a venue, where the people paid, to enjoy a day, to escape the madness. Now a captive audience, must watch the left’s political agenda played out.”

      This kind of thing began during the inception of the BLM movement, when symphony orchestras were hijacked so “peaceful protests” could take place as “white privileged” audiences were FORCED to watch and be insulted and “shamed.” It continues today when restaurants are invaded, and libraries are invaded, and Broadway plays are invaded, and businesses and shopping malls and city streets and highways are invaded by alt-left “protesters” intent on bullying, harassing, and making the “privileged” feel “uncomfortable.” And the powers that be COMPLY and allow this “soft” (so far) domestic terrorism to continue, unabated.

      • ~ HalfPint74 •
        Question for the NFL – Did the players & coaches all lock arms last season?
        The season before? How about week 1 or 2? Locking arms is showing “Unity”? Yeah, unity in RESISTANCE. Have the players lock arms in support of the family of the women killed by players? Or against the animals that were beaten to death by a player? Or in support for the abused women, wives, girlfriends by players? In support of police officers of all colors & races killed by blacks? NOPE.

        “WHO NEEDS RULES? NFL Players Arrested Every 7 Days On Average”
        http://www.dailywire.com/ne

        Communist kaepernick ruined it for everyone. The useful idiots of the NFL didn’t know what hit them (& still don’t). There are powerful forces at work here.
        Thank You. …..
        ??? MONKEY S E E ??? MONKEY DO-DO?
        since …25 % in the LEAGUE ..R NOT … AMERICAN!

  4. I thought I might be a lone sour puss with regard to my take on this linking arms BS. Not. Thank goodness. I thought it was the caffeine! TGP’s commenters agree. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/packers-bears-stand-national-anthem-green-bay-crowd-cheers-approval-video/

    Just a few:

    ” Just A Guy • 20 hours ago

    Not good enough.

    formwiz Just A Guy • 20 hours ago

    I agree.

    This is no time to let up. It’s still a show of disrespect in support of a phony cause.

    Ozarkertom formwiz • 20 hours ago

    False narratives all the way!

    Archer Ozarkertom • 19 hours ago

    Dear DumbFL, put your damn hands over you damn hearts and sing praise to God, the USA, and our Brave Men and Women in Uniform,and the families that sustain them so that we civilians may remain FREE and aware of liberty. …

    Michael Just A Guy • 19 hours ago

    It’s actually MUCH worse. The meaning is the same except now they’re trying BS people by pretending to be respectful about it.

    We’re not stupid, NFL. Really hope people don’t cave and start supporting these SJW idiots again.”

  5. Indoctrination of Victimhood & instilling the Notion that Blacks Today R the Victims of White racism & “white privilege”, black leadership… ^^^^^

    Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, & MAD’ Maxine Waters,

    to name a few…have created not only an entitlement mentality, BUTT’ a Dependency & helplessness prevalent among young blacks in inner cities throughout the country. ….. YEP!!! so very sad …

    • ~ bitterclinger1603 allangen • ……^^^^^^^

      “They think their cause is so just that we will just Fold, and with Tears in our eyes, fall to our knees and apologize for being white & privileged.”

      And why shouldn’t they think that? We’ve been rewarding this behavior for decades. The War on Poverty has netted them $22T over 50 years or so. It is easily the most profitable shakedown in history, & it continues today.

      … Lyndon Baines Johnson did this to America. May be be rotting in hell.

      Yes he did. And when he got finished he famously quipped,
      “This’ll keep those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”!!!

  6. WONDER … WHY … >THEY DON’T < .. like the POLICE?
    NFL – PLAY-ER's Arrested … 8 5 5 X's … since 2000
    215 DUI Charges
    99 DRUG Charges
    96 Domestic Violence Cases
    71 Assaults
    2 M U R D E R S …..

    • I know. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see these guys protesting the THUGS within their own ranks? Those are the type of guys they stand with and promote “unity” with. What about the rights of and the injustices done to their female fans? What about the people KILLED, yes killed, by their drunk driving fellows? Some victims are more equal than others. Namely, they don’t much care about INNOCENT victims of their own fellows’ thuggery, but they do seem to care a lot about GUILTY AS SIN “victims” of police “violence.”

  7. ….ha’ … & What’s NOT 2 LOVE !!! …GO TRUMP …NO
    MATTER ….. what…. ???? THEY??? SAY!
    O’ who R THEY? ..
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_sep29

  8. …. … . …… > FOLLOW the ULGY’s ….. here’s a START +comments

    http://www.wnd.com/2017/09/ex-u-n-ambassador-named-in-unmasking-lawsuit/

    • What does it mean, in the big scheme? Was he particularly hated by the alt-left? Is there some reason I’m missing that they went after him? Of course, there’s no comparison to how many of Obama’s secretaries took charter flights and how much that cost us. I seem to remember Price being accosted when he flew commercial or when he appeared somewhere. Is that perhaps why he flew private planes? Is there some RULE he broke? I’m just wondering, since the media doesn’t do any of the WORK for us and we have to go looking for answers or THE REST OF THE STORY, EVERY TIME there’s some controversy like this.

    • Yes, just what “white Christians” need is some supercilious HuffPo writer LECTURING them on what they “fail to understand.” Using that phrase is always a good opening for an honest and RESPECTFUL discussion, isn’t it? NOPE! What is it that alt-left elitists always “fail to understand?” I don’t have enough time to even begin to answer that question.

  9. They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.
    CARL W. BUEHNER

  10. JERRY Jones …. And The Cowboys LOSE Their Biggest Contract For Their Disrespect …9/27/17′

    The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner and traitor to those to whom he owes his freedom, Jerry Jones, lost the title of “America’s Team” along with the respect of millions of fans when they took ma knee to side with thuggery before the National Anthem last night. That decision, to play both sides and continue the divisiveness of Barack Obama, has now cost them dearly.

    Nike, the largest athletic company and number one sponsor of professional sports in the world, has canceled all dealings with the Dallas Cowboys. Company CEO Isaac P. Freely told Fox Sports:

    “To come out on the field and kneel to thugs and criminals just before saluting the flag was a reprehensible move our company won’t easily forgive. The Dallas Cowboys are no longer licensed to wear, display or sell merchandise with the Nike name or logo on it.”

    Owner Jerry Jones says he will fight the move, stating that he was showing his players that he was with them but still managed to see that every one of them stood for the National Anthem.

    SORRY, Jerry, but it isn’t about the National Anthem anymore, it’s about RESPECT. Those people should just take their “protests” to places where they’re welcome.

    Article Source : http://www.newconservatives.news

  11. Personal life JERRY JONES!!!!!

    Jones is the son of J.W. “Pat” Jones and Arminta Jones. He is married to Eugenia “Gene” Jones, &
    they have 3 children: Stephen, …. Charlotte, …… & Jerry, Jr.

    Stephen (born June 21, 1964) serves as the Cowboys’ Chief operating officer/executive vice president/director of player personnel.

    Charlotte (born July 26, 1966) serves as the Cowboys’ executive Vice President & Chief brand officer.[22]

    Jerry, Jr (born September 27, 1969) is the Cowboys’ chief sales & marketing officer/vice president.
    He owns a home in Destin, Florida.[23]

    As of September 2015, Jones’ net worth is reported by Forbes to be $5 billion, the majority of which can be accounted for as being his ownership stake in the Cowboys who are currently valued by the same publication to be the world’s most valuable sports team at $4 billion.

  12. ~ Killer_bees • …..^^^^^^^
    If she retires, she Won’t be able to funnel govt funds to her Husband.
    Don’t worry, there are plenty of other Dems to take UP the slack.

    True. Unfortunately in CA when you get rid of one, here comes another, & its worse than the first one….

    We are thinking quite alike. I thought Boxer was bad, then here comes Kamala the Idiot. No matter how bad one is, there is always one worse….

    Boxer was a blithering idiot. Kamala is much more sinister.

  13. The Flag stands for the American People all through the Centuries. Let’s get real. They are disgusting, deplorable in giving the finger to the People of this newly founded nation.

    Back in the day, we used to say: Love it or Leave it. Its time to bring it back.

    Take the word National out of the NFL and they can have their stinking Football League. Go scratch your nasty, rich, racist butt. Bad Bye.

  14. Public Service Announcement.

    Please be advised this is what an anti-Ameircan “brown” Supremacist looks like.

    Racism going to the hilt. Look at the cowards doing nothing. That’s rich.

    Oh, and did I forget ignorant, stupid ingrate?

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/29/california-student-steals-maga-hat-pleads-for-wearer-to-be-punished-in-bizarre-rant.html

    • Checking out the office,I am wondering is this pre-school? What no one is triggered by the construction paper leaves and the juvenile “welcome back to school triggers? Yo and what about that table with resources for veterans?

      Btw, Happy Birthday Heather!

      What? Where’s Captain Kangaroo, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit? Perhaps Mr. Green Jeans is now Caitlyn Jeaners.

      ~~

      Wow. I still want to eat Mr. Moose’s ears. They are Gradnma’s sugar cookies. I long to eat those ears 60 years later. mmmyummy.

      • I feel so sorry and remorseful that our black brethren and illegal aliens were not privileged in being able to watch Captain Kangaroo. I feel their pain because we didn’t have a TV, car or telephone in our home either. We had the privilege of paying the book bill at school and having our uniform shirts and blouses starched at the Chinese Laundry. Loved going to Grandma’s. They had a TV and we even got to watch Art Linkletter’s House Party during the summer. Password was a good show. I remember my compositions in grade school, first one up: What I did for summer vacation. Watched TV and fantasized about eating Mr. Moose’s ears sitting on Pop Pop’s lap. Uncle Joby’s photo sitting on the side table. KIA Korea.

        No Dad, either. What a bummer.

      • Oh, ha! Thanks for that. I loved Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Remember them? We had to go to an aunt’s house to see TV. Thought THEY were rich because they had TV, soda, real butter, a car, A/C, and two stories on their house! Wouldn’t trade my childhood for anybody else’s though.

        Happy Birthday, Heather! 🙂

    • That was beyond scary. Not so much that the one lone lunatic has been indoctrinated to think this way but that it appears that the ENTIRE STAFF there sympathized WITH HER and not with the at-least half-brown student whose property was stolen. That woman is so impudent, it’s beyond belief. How old is she, do you think? Certainly not between 18 and 22. Ya think? She looks older.

    • You can’t wear cotton, I assume. THAT would be racist, since you know who once picked cotton (along with a lot of people from other races, but never you mind about that).

      So what does the costume of black hoodie, sagging jeans, and oversized, expensive “running” shoes signal? What sort of “stealth weapon” is that outfit?

      Wow. That person is INSANE! It reminds me of the claim that dreadlocks and braids (Yeah! Braids!) were “invented” by blacks and anybody else who wears them is a cultural appropriator (mind you, nobody critiques Queen Bey for her BLOND hair).

      What does she expect the “fashion industry” to do? CONFISCATE the polo shirts and the shorts of the so-called “neo-Nazis?”

      • facebkwallflower

        Dreaclocks hanging over the face, caps with bills pulled down, sunglasses, gold hood-ornament teeth, hoodies, etc., are for the deliberate non-detection on camera’s and facial recognition technology.

  15. No, Russia Didn’t Hack 21 States’ Elections: Glenn Greenwald Blasts Media Colleagues for Latest Russia Fake News

    British police say they arrested a teenager for a series of hacking attacks targeting top officials at the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the White House and other federal agencies

    The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, in an article Thursday, took a hammer to widespread reporting over the last week of Russia’s attempts to hack the election systems of 21 American states, the piece arguing for more skepticism on “the Russia story.”

    • Awwwww. They can dish it but can’t take it. First of all, let’s hear the calls, if they really happened. Second of all, what’s that got to do with the price of eggs?

      HE’S responsible for the behavior of HIS players (and not LeBron James, so far as I know). IF he’s going to paint all of AMERICA, or all of the whites in this country, with the broad brush of racism based upon the idiocy of a few (or even more than a few, depending upon the number of calls, but certainly a teensy-tiny fraction of the white population), then the same method should be applied to other races. So if most crime is committed by blacks …

      What’s his reasoning here? What’s the import on this issue that a few lone idiot outliers called him and made racist comments? We know there are racists in EVERY racial group. Obviously. We see them playing on NFL football fields and NBA courts every day. We heard Spike Lee the other day.

      They called Trump a racist for saying that illegal immigrants, SOME OF THEM, are criminals–that’s TRUE. IF they condemn Trump as a racist because THEY interpret his truthful statement as Trump saying ALL Mexicans are rapists or criminals, then what can we take from this owner’s commentary about racists who call him and degrade his black players? Is he calling ALL white fans racists? What’s his point?

  16. Trending in Sports

    Star Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Thursday announced on Twitter that he gave tickets to Thursday night’s game to police officers from the Green Bay area.
    Rodgers gives Green Bay cops tickets to Packers vs. Bears game
    Every player on both sides of the field stood during the national anthem ahead of Thursday night’s NFL game.
    Packers, Bears stand during anthem before NFL game
    Baltimore Ravens national anthem singer Joey Odoms announced his resignation Tuesday — two days after hundreds of NFL players knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” including several Ravens players.
    Baltimore Ravens national anthem singer resigns: ‘I do not belong there’
    The Green Bay Packers keep finding ways to win despite more key injuries.
    Injury-riddled Packers beat mistake-prone Bears 35-14

    • Standing is NOT enough. They must face the flag, STFU, put their HANDS OVER THEIR HEARTS, and sing the anthem. NO linking arms to send any OTHER kind of message to detract from the meaning of the anthem.

  17. Hello and Happy Birthday Heather! ❤

    • Sure he does and it would not be beyond the realm of possibility that the DemoncRATS had something to do with convincing the teamsters UNION in PR to do this, in order to make the “humanitarian crisis” worse, so they could blame Trump and pin everything on him like they did with Katrina and GWB. They don’t care what they do, what they say, or how much grief they cause–if it may help them politically, they’ll do it. By any means necessary, no matter the consequences. They want POWER and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

  18. the truth

  19. reporting

  20. HILL’s URGENCY? … WTP REMEMBER … B- ghazi .. as well as
    the FAMILIES .. of “THAT” URGENCY… as U FAILED US ALL!!!!

    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/30/benghazi-hero-shuts-down-hillary-clinton-with-fiery-response-after-she-urges-trump-to-send-aid-to-pr

  21. Paronto was one of a number of soldiers who defended a CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 during a direct assault from Islamic extremists. The attack became a huge scandal in the Obama administration after it was made public that the soldiers had been Denied additional support & resources &
    that then-President ???? Barack Obama ……..
    & then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were Fully Aware of what was going on in Live Time.

    Four Americans D I E D …. that DAY , including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. …as WTP REMEMBER .. OUR DEAD SOLDIERS

    • So when are they going to fine the guy who was exercising while the anthem played, or all the others who have knelt over the past months instead of honoring the flag?

  22. ~ Bob Gardner • “MONKEY SEE” .. another KAP -joker SUCKER
    & them KARDASHIAN’s .. see some-thin’ special in the lot? ponder on

    Another Reason to hang a FLAG on your house on Sunday INSTEAD of watching these Idiots!

  23. Nor are whites responsible for the huge increase in out-of-wedlock births. In 2013, 71 percent of black births were born to black unwed mothers. ??

      • Michael Che on Saturday Night Live (Photo: NBC) @yahoo….
        The season premiere of Saturday Night Live occurred on an ordinary weekend, which is to say, a weekend during which President Trump tweeted something embarrassing for America. Trump emitted an awful attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, saying that she’d been “told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump” — this, in the midst of Puerto Rico’s ongoing posthurricane crisis and his own golf weekend. On SNL, during the “Weekend Update” segment, Michael Che pared his response to the bare minimum of contempt to achieve the maximum effect.

        Addressing Trump, Che used language the president could understand, saying sarcastically, “Oh, really, Donald, you bitch? Was she nasty to you?” (Trump opened that door when he called Colin Kaepernick a “son of a bitch” in his Alabama rally.) Che elaborated further: “Write [Puerto Rico] a check with our money, you cheap cracker. … In one month, you’ve mishandled Puerto Rico, DACA, and the NFL. It’s like whenever anybody darker than your golf pants has a problem, you’re thinking, ‘How can I make this worse?’”

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