Social Justice Warriors , NFL kneelers and Trump’s reaction AP sports story of 2017
Colin Kaepernick part-time social justice warrior and unemployed half-assed quarterback initiated the NFL kneeling protest last year. The initial goal was to bring awareness to racial inequality and police brutality against minorities. The social justice warriors flourished because commissioner Goodell did not have the balls to stop it.
According to AP the NFL kneeling protest and President Trump’s reaction to them are the sports story of 2017.
During a speech at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in late September, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespect our flag to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired’?”
The next weekend in the NFL sparked massive protest from the social justice warriors of the NFL resisting the President’s remarks. Over 200 players chose to kneel in protest in week 3 of the 2017 NFL season. The protests were highlighted by the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team staying in the tunnel for the anthem while Alejandro Villanueva, who did three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger, stood proudly outside the tunnel for the anthem.
In addition to the protests, some players and coaches locked arms in a show of unity, which Trump said was a display of “solidarity” of which he approved. But he pushed back against the suggestion that his critique could inflame racial tensions, arguing: “This has nothing to do with race. This has to do with respect for our country.”
But critics of the president said Trump’s comments had a lot to do with race.
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“It just amazes me with everything else going on in this world, especially involving the U.S., that’s what you’re concerned about, my man? You’re the leader of the free world and this is what you’re talking about?” Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas said. “So, as a man, as a father, as an African-American man, as somebody in the NFL and one of those ‘sons of bitches,’ yeah, I took it personally.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump’s comments were “divisive” and showed an “unfortunate lack of respect”.
A handful of white players didn’t stand, but the vast majority of those actively protesting were black.
“We felt like President Trump’s speech was an assault on our most cherished right, freedom of speech,” said Denver Broncos star Von Miller, who normally steers clear of politics and social issues.
Trump supporters argued that the president was not targeting African-Americans but instead was simply expressing patriotism.
This year the NFL has for sure been impacted by Colin Kaepernick and the social justice warriors. The NFL ratings are down double digits. Stadiums in a lot of games are near half empty. Papa Johns founder, John Schnatter resigning from his own company after outrage over his criticism of the kneelers. It has for sure been the most impactful sports story of 2017. Even though the impact was mostly negative.