Football players have one job and one job only and that is to entertain their fans. Nothing more and nothing less. In a speech, ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe explained that a lot of things in this country are more important than football or sports. He gave the brilliant answer ever after a fan named Robert asked him a question about the whole National Anthem protest fiasco.
He said: “In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve, the artists we deserve, and the athletes we deserve. Because ultimately, we the people get to decide who and what gets our attention, and who and what does not.”
He continued: “Right now, the NFL, the players who choose to kneel, the networks who choose to broadcast their protest, the advertisers who sponsor the games, and the President of the United States, are all eager for our attention. And they are all using football to get it. That’s all well and good, right up to the point where it isn’t. In my view, this controversy really isn’t about patriotism, social justice, racial inequality, or free speech. It’s not even about the flag or the national anthem. It’s really only about one thing – what we will tolerate, and what we won’t.”
In his speech, Rowe explained: “I was disappointed last night, to hear President Trump encourage owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem,” he said. “Not because I dispute the owners right to do so, and not because I would grieve the dismissal of anyone who chooses to disrespect our flag. I was disappointed because the President’s comments presuppose that the owners are in charge of the game. They’re not. We are. We decide what to watch, and that decision – far more than any other consideration – will determine the what the owners choose to do. And that, in turn, will affect what the players choose to do.”
Continuing, Rowe wrote, “As the leader of the country, the President had an opportunity to remind us that The NFL, the networks who broadcast their games, and all of the players – standers and kneelers alike – work for us. He might have also used the occasion to remind us that he too, serves at our pleasure.”
Next to fall in Rowe’s crosshairs was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL Player’s Association. “I felt a similar bemusement when the Commissioner issued his response, followed by the President of the Player’s Union. Their comments – along with the comments of many of the players themselves – were perfectly reasonable, perfectly understandable, and perfectly in keeping with their first amendment rights. But they were also perfectly arrogant. Because they too, presuppose that millions of fans will continue to watch them play a game – no matter what,” Rowe wrote.
“Perhaps they’re right,” Rowe posits. “Historically, football fans have shown a collective willingness to ignore and enable all sorts of dubious behavior. The players have agents and unions, the owners have money and power, and the fans are always caught in the middle. The resulting strikes and the constant uprooting of teams from broken-hearted towns proves beyond all question the overall lack of regard for fans in general.”
“But here’s the thing, Rob,” Rowe concludes. “The fans of professional football are not powerless – we’re just not yet offended enough to turn the channel. Should that ever change in a meaningful way – if for instance, a percentage of football fans relative to those players who chose to kneel during today’s games, chose to watch something else next Sunday – I can assure you … the matter would be resolved by Monday.”
The President’s comments were directed at those who are pushing a globalist government and are trying to divide this nation with stunts like the NFL and other groups are pulling now. The globalist cartel wants to consolidate world power and realizes that it’s losing ground with Trump and that the people (most of them anyway) are waking up. So, they’ve directed the NFL and Hollywood to fight against Trump- to topple him. The way they plan to do that is to divide this nation, and they’re using the NFL, Hollywood, the Democrat Party, and various organized groups like BLM and Antifa to get it done. The American people are getting wise to this, and Trump knows that he needs to call out the bad behavior of the monetarily controlled players, owners, actors, and protestors to shine the light on the subversive communist tactics of the globalist elite. He’s uniting Americans. MAGA!
However, Rowe is right that we do hold the power as fans. We should have turned the channel when the NFL decided to employ people like Kaepernick and so much more. We should have turned the channel a long time ago. I am happy we are turning it now though.
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Natalie D. is an American conservative writer! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington.She is a “constitutional conservative”.