Kirsters Baish| President Donald Trump called out the NFL for their bad behavior last year when a string of National Anthem protests broke out among players. Self-entitled and overpaid athletes have decided that kneeling for the anthem is appropriate behavior. It all started with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who claimed that he wouldn’t stand for an anthem which represents a country that he found oppressive.
Because of the boycott, there has been a huge drop in NFL ratings as well as attendance to games.
According to USA Today, the average audience numbers across the entire spectrum of NFL’s broadcast networks –NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and their private streaming outlet- fell by a stunning 10% from last year’s totals. Even worse, the ratings for the 2016 season were also down a stunning 8% from 2015. “NFL broadcasts had an average minute audience of 14.9 million compared to 16.5 million in 2016. CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN had a smaller audience than 2016,” writes USA Today. “ESPN, which included its streaming audience, had the lowest drop among the four networks at a 7.7% decline. Fox had a 9.1% drop, NBC dipped 10.4% and CBS fell 11.2% compared to 2016.”
Former NFL fans see the protests and the refusal to stand for the anthem as a total lack of respect for our flag and for those who fight for everything it stands for. President Trump made the disrespect very clear when he retweeted a picture which he felt that every American should see. The NFL players who are still kneeling during the anthem should definitely see this.
The picture shows a woman laying on the grave of her late husband in a military cemetery. President Trump stated, “So beautiful…Show this picture to the NFL players who still kneel!”
The picture was captioned “This is why we stand” and the person who tweeted it, Corey Jones, stated “We stand to honor those who fought and died defending the greatest nation the world has ever known. God bless our vets!”
President Trump has tweeted a lot of criticisms of the NFL players who have decided to participate in the protest over the last football season, but this one was the most important tweet of all. This photo shows exactly what these overpaid athletes are disrespecting when they decide to kneel during the National Anthem. They are disrespecting the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms and our country. Thank you, President Trump, for showing us what it’s all about.