By now you’ve likely heard that a lot of NFL football players took the knee or arm locked during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ A powerful statement but at least one business analyst thinks the NFL will be stopped dead in their tracks.
The movement was first started by former football professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting social and racial injustice.
That protest by Kaepernick and a few others were addressed by the Potus during an Alabama rally last Friday.
Kaepernick’s team back then released a statement about respecting his stance.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
During that rally, President Donald J. Trump called for the firing of any NFL player who ‘Takes A Knee.’
Trump said NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”
“For a week, (that owner would) be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for,” Trump said.
Many of the NFL players reacted to Trump’s comments and decided to protest. By one estimated about 500 players decided to protest.
Ahead of a Sunday morning game in London and afternoon games, players from several teams, including the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins, took knees during the anthem. With the exception of one player, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t even take the field until the anthem was over. The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also chose not to take the field for the national anthem.
Here are some images of the NFL teams protesting.
It’s definitely a powerful statement the teams are sending. One of unity and of social justice.
But will the protest stand the test of time? One business analyst doesn’t think it will.
As always, the internet had supporters and those who wanted to boycott.
Others disagreed with the protest and threatened to boycott the NFL.
It wasn’t just in the U.S. that the protestors took to their knees.
Over in England, at the yearly NFL outing, several members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ but stood during Britain’s ‘God Save the Queen.’
One business analyst feels that when the boycott of the NFL is in full swing this season, those protesting will feel the backlash.
“This is going to hurt them in their wallets,” Maria Bartiromo said of the National Football League.