The Philadelphia Eagles are planning a national anthem protest Monday night as they jump on Colin Kaepernick’s social injustice bandwagon. Eagles’ spokesman Malcom Jenkins said that the team would definitely show solidarity as they continue Kaepernick’s national conversation about social injustice, racial injustice, and police brutality.
I really hate to put thorns in the Eagle’s nest, but that “national conversation” that Jenkins refers to is non-existent. There isn’t a “national conversation” about respecting the American flag and national anthem. There are a few thugs, creeps, and brats who want a “national conversation,” but there isn’t anything to discuss with anti-American whiners who rake in millions of dollars for playing ball. And while I’m at it, this whole “national conversation” baloney is just another politically correct tool to get the Right to shut-up and cave to the far-left. There’s nothing to discuss with a crowd of illogical, uncivil hoodlums who wear imaginary earplugs. They don’t listen. Heck, they don’t even appear to be capable of rational thought.
Maybe I’m just being too skeptical about the motives of these charitable and thoughtful NFL players who want to solve America’s problems by disrespecting the national traditions which symbolize her exceptionality and deny the heroism of Americans who have fought and died for justice for all. They spit on the society which has worked tirelessly to level the playing field for all people of all ethnicities, races, and faiths. They turn their faces to the traditional values which elevate the United States of America above all post-modern nations in regards to racial equality and social awareness.
But the cynical side of me wonders how this elite club of professional football players came to this “Come to Jesus Moment” where they cast aside their collective past behaviors and embraced their inner sensitivities. What brought about that moment in time where these NFL players became involved in social outreach to right the wrongs of cultural oppression?
If my memory serves me correctly, many NFL players are not unfamiliar with violent and criminal behavior. There is an epidemic of domestic abuse, child abuse, wife-beating, disorderly conduct, battery, drug addictions, gun violence, and even murders among the NFL players. In 1998 the book PROS AND CONS: THE CRIMINALS WHO PLAY IN THE NFL by Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger used public access records to detail an account that 21% of NFL players are criminals. Between the playing of the 2013 Super Bowl on February 3 and July of the same year, twenty-seven NFL players committed crimes.
Some of the more infamous NFL players who broke with the law are Ray Rice who punched his wife in a hotel elevator, Rae Carruth who hired a hitman to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Michael Vick who electrocuted and tortured pitbulls, Aaron Hernandez who was convicted of murder, Alfonzo Dennard who assaulted a cop, and the most notorious O.J. Simpson who was guilty of but acquitted for murdering his wife and her friend. After NFL player Ray Lewis retired, ESPN hired him despite his involvement in a double murder case in which the case was not solved and Lewis’ clothes were not found. The families of the victim did receive a handsome sum of money from Lewis. But ESPN didn’t care about the muss and fuss of a murder investigation and payoff. The arrogant Lewis had the unmitigated gall to voice criticism of Dolphin’s Richie Incognito for bullying. Where I come from being involved in a murder case is just a tad more serious than bullying.
When the NFL decided to take the humanitarian approach to breast cancer awareness by selling pink NFL gear, only 8% of the earnings was given to the cancer research. The NFL profited $45.00 for every $3.54 that they contributed to cancer research. Good going, guys! And I am supposed to believe that the men who would shortchange cancer research have a soft spot in their hearts for social injustice. Might I ask precisely where and when have these men sacrificed of themselves for the benefits of mankind?