Current NFL protest deja vu of University of Missouri?
Is current NFL protest deja vu of The University of Missouri? Freshman enrollment is down over 30% since the football team and students forced the resignation of then president Tim Wolfe in November of 2015.
Columbia Missouri is a beautiful college town and not far from Ferguson, where the Michael Brown shooting caused riots and racial strife in 2014. Since the Brown incident Missouri students have been organizing and protesting the administration’s slow response to racial tensions.
The tensions escalated when the undergraduate student body president was called the n-word, which having played college football myself I know black athletes refer in that way to each other every day. The other alleged incident was a swastika drawn in human feces. This was apparently the last straw.
The legion of black collegians and others (including football players published a list of demands for the board of regents including the removal of Wolfe as president. Students organized a hunger strike and the football team threatened to sit out the rest of its games. The University leadership relented to the demands of the mob and Wolfe was fired.
Not only is enrollment way down at the University but the football program has suffered. Prior to 2015 the tigers football program had enjoyed quite a few years of success. They are 10-15 since 2015 and a shell of their former selves.
Earlier this month, UM System President Mun Choi announced $10 million in budget cuts at Missouri’s four campuses, resulting in the loss of 474 jobs.
The NFL had opportunities to end the current nonsense that culminated in 3 teams staying in the tunnel for the national anthem Sunday. And apparently the Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas/NFL whore Raiders would have been the 4th team but they would have forfeited rights to the coin toss. And the end result could be deja vu to the University of Missouri results.
Because Roger Goodell is a weak leader and owners are afraid to confront their overpaid players NFL viewership is down significantly and you will see fewer and fewer crowd shots because the stadiums are half full at some games. With the mass protest of this Past Sunday the bleeding will continue as long as weak leadership prevails.