With football becoming increasingly politically charged, it’s getting difficult to find a time and place to forget about what divides us and enjoy watching sports. Many consider this a shame because we enjoyed the plausible deniability that came with watching our favorite over paid athletes run around like what they’re doing is important, and forget that the nation is in emotional turmoil. And with an estimated annual revenue of over 12 billion dollars, it’s worth it to those who will be gaining the most to make that experience an enjoyment for all.
However, as is happening with most things in America today, something else has become even more important to the NFL powers that be than the money they can make now; political chips. Despite the fact that the NFL enjoys the revenue from a majority Republican audience, they’ve decided to risk alienating that group by allowing their players to bring their political vendettas to the field. These players, of course, have the right to hold whatever personal feelings they wish, it’s just difficult to understand the reasoning that lets them turn the NFL into a mini political battle field.
What started with Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest to the National Anthem has turned into a split in players. Those who support Kaepernick and his anthem and those who are painted as neo-Nazis and racist. Despite the great advantage that all these players have by living in a country with an exceptional economy and amazing freedoms like America has, many have decided to support Kaepernick and not stand for the Anthem. What’s even worse is that the entire event has become a non-event now. Instead of a pointed protest, players like Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters didn’t pay attention to the anthem at all. He decided to just keep on riding his stationary bike during the anthem.
“Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was seen riding a stationary bike during the national anthem before Friday night’s preseason game in Seattle, something he was spotted doing earlier in the preseason as well.
The following screenshot was taken from the CBS telecast of the game:
Marcus Peters rides the stationary bike during the pregame anthem, as shown on CBS pic.twitter.com/ElugqbRaHL
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 26, 2017
Peters has not said anything during the preseason about the bike riding being any sort of protest of the national anthem, although he did make a sign of protest last year when he raised his fist while the national anthem played before the season opener in San Diego on September 11. He said at the time he supported former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during pre-game [sic] renditions of the anthem.”
The Houston Chronicle reported on Peters original support of the anthem protest.
“Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters, who held up his right fist during the National Anthem performance in Kansas City’s opener last week, stood near the water buckets behind his teammates and took a drink of water during Sunday’s anthem performance at NRG Stadium.
Peters last week emulated the raised-fist gesture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics and told the Kansas City Star said he was doing so in support of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
‘I was just stating how I’m black, and I love being black, (and) I’m supporting Colin in what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system,” he said last week. “But I didn’t mean anything (bad) by it.’
Peters was the only Chiefs player who did not stand along or near the sideline, helmet off, during the anthem at NRG Stadium.”
Even though Peters is an individual who has every right to express his political beliefs (or political apathy, whatever the case may be), the fans are also welcome to express their feelings on the matter. And social media being what it is, they did just that.
typical Kansas City personality!!!! Disrespectful to all but themselves. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT HERE MOVE. LOTS OF ROOM ELSEWERE
— Saree Leaf & Stone (@SareeLeaf) August 26, 2017
This is true, however, what other country would allow an entitled and overpaid athlete that doesn’t actually contribute to a vital industry thumb their nose at the country that gave them their privilege?
Now that is some disrespectful shit. The message of the kneel has lost its true meaning
— Rick Vaughn (@GoHeels252) August 26, 2017
looks like no more nfl games for me!
no role model there!
— wyatt sallee (@wyattsallee1) August 26, 2017
Quick public service announcement: If you were getting your role models from the NFL, now would be the time to abort that plan. Obviously, a few of these guys have taken one too many blows to the head, considering their actions of late.
What a chump. F him. It was bad enough to kneel, but this? POS
— FrenzyALLBIZNESS (@MrChetRockwell) August 26, 2017
They say the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy. That seems to be where we’re at with America today. There are citizens who love us, citizens who hate us and those who just don’t care enough to give a flip one way or the other. As if it weren’t awful enough to disrespect the nation that gave you the beautiful opportunities that you have in your life, it might be even worse to just not think about it one way or another.
Considering the difficulty that Kaepernick has had securing work after his initial stunt, Peters might have done well to take notes and not get himself in the same predicament. Maybe it’ll turn out ok for him, but not if his fans have anything to say about it.
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