Here it is, 2018, Colin Kaepernick out of a job and Black Lives Matter hasn’t been heard from in a while (at least, not when anyone was listening.)
And yet, the NFL National Anthem debate is once again in the news.
The media has a tendency of focusing on narratives that rev people up, rather than narratives that most people agree on.
Sadly, you think most people would agree that it’s respectful to stand for the National Anthem, no matter what your ideology is.
The NFL, who found themselves at the center of the Anthem controversy when Kaepernick inspired dozens of other players to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.
Fans did not take too kindly to this, and the franchise found themselves caught between declining sales and falling victim to the notoriously tyrannical Court of Public Opinion. They at first supported the players, who are paid millions to earn even more money for the vastly wealthy NFL owners, to practice their “free speech” on the field.
Then, in what many called, too little too late, they announced a policy for the 2018/2019 season that players would be required to stand or stay in the locker room.
For some insane reason, they’ve flip-flopped back, once again, suspending the policy which drew the attention of POTUS himself, who has been quite vocal about the importance of the well-paid players showing their respect for the Anthem during games.
The Daily Wire has the story:
President Donald Trump reignited the war with the National Football League on Friday after the league announced on Thursday that they were halting their decision to prohibit players from kneeling on the field during the national anthem.
The NFL suspended its policy after the Miami Dolphins revealed yesterday afternoon that they would “suspend and/or fine players who protest during the national anthem,” The Daily Wire reported.
Trump responded on Friday by blasting the NFL on Twitter, writing, “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!”
“Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?” Trump continued. “The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”
The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2018
Some critics say the President shouldn’t weigh in on this issue, but they forget that Trump’s willingness to not only weigh in on the culture war but to make it a central narrative in his platform, is why so many Americans gravitate towards him.
Americans take patriotism seriously, and a lack of patriotism is one of the central issues of our most hotly-contested and vital political issues of our day.
We voted “America first” for a reason, and how our celebrated sports franchises reflect the patriotism of millions of Americans definitely matters.
College Sports ‘Unequivocally Supports’ Transgender Athletes Playing Against Biological Girls
The NCAA has come out with full-throated support of men claiming to be women competing against natural-born women in college sports.
College sports governing authority the National Collegiate Athletic Association has come out with full-throated support of men claiming to be women competing against natural-born women in college sports. The NCAA says “firmly and unequivocally supports” transgender athletes playing in whatever category they feel like choosing. In its Monday statement, the NCAA said that they support “fair competition”… despite that whenever men claiming to be women compete against real women, the real women lose nearly every time. “The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition,” the statement read. The group added that they follow medical requirements similar to those used by the Olympics. “Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect,” the NCAA added. The statement concluded: When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected. We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants. The NCAA’s statement comes on the tale of a growing number of states either considering or passing laws to limit transgender athletes to competing only in categories corresponding to their birth gender. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.
LeBron James And Other Members Of The Lakers Sport Mock MAGA Hats
On Tuesday evening, prior to the first-round playoff series game against the Portland Trailblazers, members of the Los Angeles Lakers, including NBA legend LeBron James, rocked mock MAGA caps which had the words, “Great Again,” crossed out and replaced with “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.” James, easily one of the biggest influences in modern sports, also wore a shirt that said “By Any Means” on it, while also posting up the slogan on Instagram, writing, “By Any Means!! Lets Get It #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor.” Now, to be fair, what happened to Taylor is absolutely horrific and absolutely uncalled for. The woman was shot while in her bed and there’s definitely reason to be angry about this situation being unresolved. The real issue here is whether or not it’s acceptable to participate in political activism while on the job. Do we really need to politicize sports like we have the rest of life? via The Daily Wire: Some of the other members of the Lakers squad who donned the mock MAGA hats included Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, and JR Smith, as The Daily Mail reported. After the game, James told reporters, “You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future. Her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests, there’s been no justice, not only for her, but for her family … We want to continue to shed light on that situation because it’s just unjust. That’s what it’s about.” https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/1295942946198417408 Last month, James told reporters at a press conference, “The same energy that we have on the floor is the same energy that we have towards having justice for Breonna Taylor…
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