The NFL is getting away with murder
By Robert T. Smith
According to Colin Kaepernick “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” This is the basis of the kneeling protests. Colin Kaepernick was upset by what he believes was going on, so he is going to make others upset by protesting against the symbols of their country.
This is what the NFL, my own Pittsburgh Steelers, the ironically named Patriots, America’s team Dallas Cowboys, as examples, apparently support. Police brutality and murder of innocents is rampant in our streets to the extent that the NFL needs to violate its own rule book to allow players to kneel and protest the national anthem.
Unfortunately, the statistics of percent police shooting by race don’t bear out the allegations, as has been well chronicled. Another unfortunate fact is that every event from “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,” to the lie of “hands up don’t shoot” and forward have all been resolved through our criminal justice system. Justice has been served. All facts are examined and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is the bar, not I’m upset and my emotions demand someone go to jail.
Apparently justice is not the desired outcome...if not justice, what? The outcome appears a whole lot more like revenge...you got one of ours, now we get one of yours.
Hunting and revenge murdering police has now occurred in many locations. Multiple Dallas policemen were executed on the streets, ironically protecting a Black Lives Matter protest against them. That is the same Black Lives Matter whose chants include “what do we want dead cops, when do we want them now”, or another “pigs in a blanket fry them like bacon.” As additional irony, the Dallas Cowboys were disallowed by the NFL to wear a small patch on their uniforms recognizing the murdered Dallas police officers...apparently if we are to believe in the NFL’s revenge protests, because cops are getting away with murder.
Well before the president voiced what many have thought of these revenge demonstrations, as example Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations, the beer and a shot patriots in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania were turning off the NFL games. In my beer and a shot blue collar Steelers Nation home town, disrespect for our country we are proud of never sits well, regardless of what the NFL teams’ employees apparently believe. Disgust by many over what the Pittsburgh Steelers and its players have become is an understatement.
In addition to the paying customers booing the revenge demonstrations, one small beam of light shown on Sunday, Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh Steeler military veteran, separated from his team to honor the symbols of our country that he fought for. Clear pictures show no obstruction between him and the team “leaders” and brothers who left him hanging out on his own....nice to know your brothers have your waaaay back. Then tragically, he went from hero to an even worse heel by apologizing for honoring the flag and anthem and rejoining his football brothers who left him hanging to support the revenge protests against the cops getting away with murder.
Baited far out on the branch of stupidity by a vulgar comment, the NFL, teams, and individual players have shown themselves for what they are. What are the revenge demonstrations really about? The NFL, teams, and individual players apparently tell us unity? Against the kneeler Mr. Kaepernick’s alleged murderous cops? Against the country and the NFL’s own fan-base? Count me out.
Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family. He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.