“You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn’t be playing. You shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” Trump stated Thursday, in response to the new NFL policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem.
The NFL made this decision after months of controversy and debate over NFL players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem.
The NFL’s new policy states that all of its athletes and staff “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem” if they’re on the field and that “the commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” The amount of the fine is unclear.
“Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed,”
Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL player who lost his job primarily for kneeling during the National Anthem, is still without work and is currently suing the NFL for collusion grievance. Currently Kaepernick is involved with multiple charity organizations. To win the case, Kaepernick will have to prove that the NFL has blackballed him, but with the NFL’s new rules and the involvement of the White House, Kaepernick has a solid case.
With the resistance and mistreatment Kaepernick has gotten in response to his protest a social media post has gone viral questioning the difference in treatment between Colin Kaepernick kneeling and former NFL player Tim Tebow’s kneeling in prayer.
It should be noted that Tebow did indeed kneel in prayer during NFL games, in fact it’s called “Tebowing”, however there is no evidence showing that Tebow specifically said that “he couldn’t stand for a flag that allowed for abortions” and he did not kneel during the National Anthem.
But if Tim Tebow had knelt during the National Anthem a much different conversation would have transpired, if any conversation even began. It seems as though NFL fans were less offended by Tim Tebows actions, openly practicing his Christianity on the field, and more offended by Colin Kaepernick’s gesture.
When Tim Tebow knelt on the sidelines of a football game in a defiant and public act of faith during his years as an N.F.L. quarterback, he was adored as a darling of the American church. When Colin Kaepernick knelt before games in protest of police brutality, he received death threats, was called a “traitor” and eventually, left unsigned by the NFL.
When Tebow was asked how he would handle the pregame national anthem he responded, “That’s a good question,” with a smile, quietly declining to answer when pressed a second time.”
In a recent article by Yahoo Sports, “The NFL approved research that sought two pieces of information: Whether Americans believed Kaepernick should have been signed by an NFL team; and given that Kaepernick remained a free agent, whether fans believed that was because he refused to stand for the national anthem or due to his on-going protests”
The poll was conducted by 2017 data from The Glover Park Group, a consulting firm that was co-founded by then-NFL communications chief Joe Lockhart.
The sources declined to share specific numbers, but said the poll revealed a deep racial, political and generational division when it came to player protests. Specifically, divisions in which a majority of white NFL fans supported disciplining players for not standing for the anthem versus a majority of the NFL’s African-American and Latino fans who didn’t.
The sources also said a majority of Republican NFL fans supported the disciplining of players versus a majority of Democrats who didn’t, and a majority of Baby Boomer NFL fans significantly supported discipline more than both Generation Xers and Millennials.
Kaepernick was voted the “most disliked” player in the NFL.
He was blamed for a significant drop in NFL television ratings, with fans boycotting the NFL because of his protest.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and 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 paid leave and getting away with murder.”
So why is the response to Kaepernick’s protest more harsh and radical than that of Tebow?
It can’t be the action of kneeling, because if kneeling were the problem Tim Tebow would’ve been treated the same as Kaepernick.
It could be a matter of what the kneeling is meant to signify. Kaepernick kneels in reverence to injustices in America most notably police brutality. Tebow kneels in reverence of prayer and Jesus. However, kneeling is always seen as a sign of respect or mercy across cultures, so taking the knee can also not be the problem.
This leads to only one other signifier of what the true cause of the problem is. Remember the backlash Beyoncé was met with when her and her background dancers first performed “Formation” at the Super Bowl in Black Panther uniforms? The NFL and its viewers it is trying to appease to, have a problem with African Americans using their platform to showcase the real problems affecting American society.
Jeezy Announces Sports Management Agency
“I want to help athletes accumulate real wealth and life skills needed to invest in their future.“
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I have learned through the trials and tribulations of my career, what it’s like to have to co-manage yourself. I want to help athletes accumulate real wealth and life skills needed to invest in their future. I’ve always been drawn to athlete culture and making music that motivates and inspires them and others. Integrity and Forward-thinking they aren’t just would they are a lifestyle. I’m proud to announce @sports99official Sports management agency #Keepgoing ‼️
Recording artist Jeezy is expanding his business portfolio with his new sports agency, Sports 99. The agency will represent NBA & NFL Players.
“I want to help athletes accumulate real wealth and life skills needed to invest in their future. I’ve always been drawn to athlete culture and making music that motivates and inspires them and others. Integrity and Forward-thinking they aren’t just would they are a lifestyle.” — Jeezy
Jeezy’s new business move is much like friend and business partner Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Jay-Z started Roc Nation Sports in 2013 and currently represents athletes in the NBA, the NFL, MLB, world football and boxing. Jay-Z also signed Jeezy to Roc Nation in 2013 but has since left the company for Def Jam.
Jeezy’s new album Thug Motivation 104: The Legend of The Snowman was released on August 23.
Could Condoleezza Rice Be The Cleveland Browns Next Head Coach
The Browns released a statement after reports circulated that former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, could potentially be the franchises next head coach.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleaveland Browns are interested in interviewing former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, for their head coaching job.
An avid Browns supporter, Rice’s experience in professional athletics has been largely limited to the collegiate level, serving on the College Football Playoff Selection committee until her term on the board ended.
If Condoleeza Rice where to be selected she would be the first woman head coach in the NFL.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 18, 2018
Following the surfacing of this report, The Browns swiftly released a press statement stating that “we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed“.
Condoleezza Rice also released a statement via. Facebook
“I love my Browns — and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.
On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.
BTW — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a “prevent defense.”
Timberwolves Debut Their City Edition Jerseys Inspired By Prince.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pay homage to Prince in their new NBA uniforms.
Last month we reported about the NBA City Edition jerseys being produced this year. Every NBA team has created a special jersey that signifies the history and culture of each teams city.
The Minnesota Timberwolves debuted their City Edition jerseys last night and they were an homage to none other than the late Grammy-award winning recording artist, Prince. The music Legend was born in Minnesota and his legacy lives on through the city in various landmarks and annual concerts. The Minnesota Timberwolves City Edition jerseys are a play on Prince’s 1984 Album and Film “Purple Rain”.
When the look went on sale on Nov. 8, it was the largest grossing day at retail in team history.
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) November 17, 2018
Kevin Garnett was in attendance wearing a custom City Edition Timberwolves jersey.
The Timberwolves ended up beating the Trailblazers 112-96 last night. It’s awesome to see a big organization like the NBA pay homage to African American cultural icons, especially ones that have made a major impact in America.
Prince would be proud.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 2, 2018
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