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The NFL: Now a case study in destructive leftism
By Greg Strange
Seriously, Colin Kaepernick? You’re really doing this?
“Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice?” So now this guy is up there with King and Gandhi? Gag me with a spoon! Who composed this treacly legal copy? Actually, Kaepernick is being represented by Mark Geragos, attorney to the infamous. Former clients include Michael Jackson (who fired him), wife killer Scott Peterson (who got the death penalty anyway) and a former president's brother, Roger Clinton (who cares?).
Congratulations, Kaepernick, you are now officially the mess stuck on the bottom of America’s shoe that can’t be scrubbed off and continues to stink up the place.
Oh, and by the way, it’s not collusion, you moron. It’s simply that every team owner in the NFL made the individual and rational decision not to unnecessarily bring into its midst the insoluble problem that is . . . you. With your defiant ‘fro and bad attitude, you’re nothing but a liability with absolutely nothing to gain. No team in its right mind would touch you with a ten-foot pole.
Although, paradoxically, the NFL continues to double, triple, and quadruple down in other foolish ways. For instance, the NFL is apparently going all-in on social justice, albeit without Kaepernick. The NFL is reportedly going to finance a “social activism boot camp” for professional athletes in February. (Of course it is!) According to a recent report by ESPN’s Jim Trotter, “the league has agreed to finance a social activism boot camp at Morehouse College in February.” It will take place over two days, will include professional athletes from other sports as well and “the organizers of that curriculum will work with the players throughout the year to try and teach them to get their message out and be most effective with it.”
You see, there’s more to this kneeling business than just the cops’ alleged war against black men. According to Donte Stallworth, former NFL player and CNN contributor, all that unseemly but misunderstood kneeling during the national anthem is about “a broad spectrum of issues.” Are you ready for this?
“It’s also, again from what I’m hearing from players . . . they’re telling me it’s also about the gender pay gap, it’s also about housing discrimination, they have so many things that they are interested in and advocating for and they want the NFL to take ownership in and help be able to use the NFL’s platform.”
Are you freaking kidding me? This crew is worried about the “gender pay gap?”
Well, did you hear all that, NFL? The players aren’t in it for the money or the glory or the love of the game, they simply want to use you as a platform for social justice! So, let’s see, gender pay gap, housing discrimination . . . Might as well throw in climate change, transgender rights, single-payer healthcare, green energy, impeaching Trump, you name the leftist cause, they’re bound to be for it. And it’s all on you, NFL, to help make it happen!
But before you do, here’s a very simple message to the NFL from all football fans who love this country: If you become yet another vehicle for infecting America with destructive leftism, you’re done, finished, kaput. As Dandy Don Meredith used to melodically intone on Monday Night Football, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”
America is sick and tired of being told that it is no damn good by the media, the academy, Hollywood, minorities, and now, a bunch of millionaire ingrate football players whose analytical thinking skills are, to say the least, wanting. It was already hard enough to watch the NFL before the kneeling. Between the pointlessly outrageous hairstyles, the arms plastered with tattoos, the skullcaps, the boorish behavior, etc., the typical NFL playing field looks more like the set of a gangsta rap video. Can you understand, NFL, that Middle America just isn’t down with that culture and that this idiotic protesting may be the last straw?
Since when does an organization’s business model include offending its customers regarding their most cherished beliefs? Most Americans believe that their country is the most decent, most fair, least racist and least unjust country of any consequence in human history. The kneelers, who appear to be among the most privileged and ungrateful people to have ever lived, are, in effect, spitting in the fans’ faces as they support the idea that America is still racist to the core.
Here’s what Kaepernick said was the reason for his protest: “I am not going to stand up to show pride . . . for a country that oppresses . . . people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people . . . getting away with murder.”
It gets so tiresome to have to repeatedly dispute this despicable lie, but here we go for the gazillionth time. The U.S. Department of Justice statistics show that twice as many whites as blacks are killed by cops in an average year. Given that blacks commit approximately fifty percent of all violent crime in America, you would expect that the number of whites and blacks killed by police might be about equal. But again, twice as many whites as blacks are killed. Also, a cop is 19 times more likely to be killed by a black person than vice versa.
And now, the NFL, which could have easily shut this thing down from the get-go before it got out of hand, finds itself between a rock and a hard place. If it continues to go along with the protests, the fans leave in droves. If it doesn’t, it will be accused of racism, which, come to think of it, it already has been by the NAACP, for not rehiring Kaepernick, who originally started this entire mess. So it can’t win. But it could cut its losses.
Isn’t leftist politics fun? What the NFL needs to understand about leftism is that it poisons, ruins or destroys everything it touches. Right now the NFL has been poisoned, but it may not be ruined quite yet. It all depends on what it does from here on out. But so far, it doesn’t look good.
So, all the fed-up Americans boycotting the NFL should keep it up and not give in. It’s a shame that it’s come to this, but the only way to keep leftism from infecting everything you enjoy or cherish is to financially hurt the people pushing it.
Greg Strange can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2017 Greg Strange.