Last Week 6 NFL Players Kneeled During Anthem; This Week Over 200
This is great in a sense as it shows how wrong Trump’s approach in everything is. For one thing it shows that he couldn’t be more wrong in his belief-it’s his defining faith, all he has to hold onto-that he has exceptional political instincts.
He believes this fervently-after all ‘he won’ didn’t he? So case closed. Sure, what Comey letter and what Russian interference?
But regarding his confrontation with the NFL it shows how his political instincts are anything but exceptional. I mean he’s unifying the sports world against himself. Ok, not everyone follows the news out of Washington DC everyday but many more do watch the NFL.
And he’s done the unthinkable-unified an entire league. He’s lost Rex Ryan:
“Rex Ryan is the latest to jump off the Donald Trump bandwagon.”
“The former Jets and Bills head coach who is now an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown made his feelings toward trump – in typical Rex Ryan fashion – loud and clear.”
“Let me tell you, I’m p—– off, I’ll be honest with you,” Ryan said Sunday on ESPN. “I supported Donald Trump. I sat back when he asked me to introduce him at a rally in Buffalo, I did that.
“But I’m reading these comments, and it’s appalling to me. And I’m sure it’s appalling to almost any citizen in our country. It should be.”
Exceptional political instincts isn’t always adding by subtracting. But again, the numbers don’t lie: last week 6 players kneeled during the anthem. This week 200 did.
This shows what Trump did was totally counterproductive. There’s a big lesson it. The whole kneeling and praying thing during the anthem was something of a fringe activity before he opened his big mouth.
“Some stood. Some kneeled. Some remained in the locker room, choosing to speak through their absence from the NFL’s pregame ceremonies, in which the American flag is displayed and the national anthem sung. But from London to Los Angeles, virtually all NFL players on the sidelines before kickoff of Sunday’s slate of 14 games locked arms with each other in response to President Trump’s three-day campaign demanding that team owners “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem and calling on fans to boycott games if the form of protest continued.”
“The silent rebuke to the president, determined independently by each of the 28 NFL teams in action Sunday, represented an unprecedented collective action and show of solidarity among players who battle against one another 16 weeks, some more, each season.”
“Some, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, were joined on the sideline by their team owners, Shahid Khan, Jeffrey Lurie and Daniel Snyder, respectively. Most were joined in standing shoulder-to-shoulder by coaches, staff and, in some cases, police officers.”
CNN did an analysis where they argue Trump thinks the NFL players are a good target as they can be dismissed as ‘rich, spoiled athletes’ disrespecting the flag.
Kind of ironic that Trump is talking about patriotism with his track record.
I’m sure some in Trump’s (shrinking) base will be impressed. But my guess is that Trump will lose far more on the other side of the issue.
Clearly Roger Godell’s own political instincts are telling him you can never go wrong opposing illegitimate President Trump.
“The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell said. “I’m proud of our league.”
Great minds think alike! Sports Illustrated makes the same point I’ve made in this post:
“Think of what happened. President Donald Trump was bashing the league that spurned him again late Friday night. In a speech in Alabama, the president ripped the NFL both for being too punitive on big hits and for owners not firing the next player who didn’t stand for the anthem. “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!” Trump said, railing to an empathetic crowd. “Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!!”
“But really, think of what happened. The previous weekend, in the 16 games in the NFL, fewer than 10 players, total, either sat or raised a fist during anthems across the league. The organized protests were being replaced by meetings between a cadre of increasingly socially conscious players and league and team officials. Then the Alabama speech happened, and players—white and black—and owners and union officials and the commissioner, got angry. On Saturday, one coach whose team hadn’t done any protesting of note before this weekend said his players “felt like the president put them in a corner—and they had to do something or it’d look like the president made them back down.”
If you’re looking at what Trump did through a purely political prism this may be his dumbest fight yet.
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