New NFL Policy on “Kneelers” Not Enough to Satisfy Veterans
Oath Keepers leadership sounds off on the new NFL policy. Up front is an editorial by Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, followed by commentary from other national and state leaders within Oath Keepers. Let us know what you think about this new NFL policy in the comments on our website or on Oath Keepers social media, facebook, twitter, and instagram.
What a load of BS. The NFL initiates a policy HERE that allows players to stay in the locker room if they don’t feel like standing for the Anthem, to then come out afterward, like true scumbags on parade, or, if they do come out on the field during the Anthem and refuse to stand, the NFL will fine the teams, not the individual players.
And in their public statement HERE, the NFL placates the “kneelers” who refused to stand for the National Anthem, saying that those actions “sparked awareness and actions around issues of social justice that must be addressed … it was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not, and never was, the case.”
Sure, thousands of your players are not unpatriotic and do stand, but there are dozens who are unpatriotic and refuse to stand. And so long as you placate them and allow them to continue to play, I won’t be watching even a single game. This does not, and will not, satisfy those of us who served under the flag. No way.
We won’t be watching any NFL game so long as those kneeling dirtbags are still playing, and even if they sit on their butts in the locker room rather than come out and stand for the Anthem, we don’t want to watch them play. And you can bet that one of them, or more, will eventually want more attention and will come out of hiding to make a public spectacle of not standing again.
They should be standing in the unemployment line. They can take a knee there if they want to.
But they should not be playing in the NFL while the NFL tries to present itself as “patriotic.” What is patriotic about allowing unpatriotic dirtbags to play in your league? Nothing. And so long as this is NFL policy, we should boycott the NFL and watch hockey or the UFC instead. I’d like to see some UFC fighter or a hockey player refuse to stand for the Anthem. I’d just sit back with some popcorn and watch what happens. I think UFC President Dana White would give such a fighter the boot in an instant. And the hockey player? He’d probably get a beat down right their on the ice from his own team.
But the NFL players union is not even happy with this new stand-in-the-middle-of-the-road, keep-getting-run-over policy that let’s players still duck out, or refuse to stand without personal fine. The union issued a statement HERE calling the players’ refusal to stand in respect of our flag an act of “patriotism” when it was the exact opposite- an act of disrespect, dishonor, and contempt for this nation.
Sure, they have a First Amendment protected right to be ungrateful, disrespectful dirtbags, and the NFL team owners have a private business owner “right” to keep such dirtbag millionaires on their teams (setting aside the issue of the millions in tax dollars they get for stadiums and millions more in tax breaks), but we also have a right, and a duty, to boycott the NFL, which is what I will continue to do so long as even one player is allowed to be a disrespecting dirtbag and remain on a team.
Johnny Itliong, one of our California Oath Keepers leaders, comes from a family of Filipino farm-workers of the “Manong” (elder brother) first generation of Filipino immigrants. His father, Larry Itliong, and his uncles, fought in WWII, in the U.S. Army in the Pacific, in brutal combat against the Japanese ((Johnny himself followed directly in their footsteps by volunteering to serve in the Philippine Islands against the Muslim terrorists there). Johnny recently gave a speech at a California University where he told the audience:
If my father and Uncles (Manongs) were alive today, they would pull these boys up by their ears and cuss them out for disrespecting our National Anthem. They fought for their rights and fought for our country during WW2. These spoiled Millionaires.
I’d consider that a fitting treatment – pull them up off their knees by their ears, like the spoiled brats they are. And all of us veterans feel the same way as Johnny, his father, and his uncles about our nation’s flag and our National Anthem. When we stand, we don’t just stand in honor of our nation. We stand in honor of all who served and all who did not come home, from Lexington Green to today.
Do I want a law passed to mandate that these spoiled brat millionaire athletes stand for the Anthem? No. We can’t have government power used to stop even offensive, disloyal, and disrespectful free speech actions that stoop to a new low, like this. But if I were on a jury in a trial of a veteran who pulled one of these spoiled brats up off their knees by their ear, and as a result was charged with assault, I would nullify and refuse to convict the veteran. God bless the constitutionally protected right to trial by jury, and the right and power of the jury to acquit even in the face of the law, to do justice in that one case. And that would be justice, twice over.
I will continue to boycott the NFL and all things related, and I urge you to do the same.
For the Republic,
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Comments by Oath Keepers National and State Leaders:
I find the so-called protest of the NFL players disgusting and revolting. I personally have not watched a football game since the first one took a knee. I have since contacted my TV provider, and canceled all NFL programming associated with my billing. I informed them that if they could not furnish me with a package where I did not have to pay for such a disgusting display, I would cancel my service completely.
They must understand that the flag and anthem that they are protesting is the very representation of this country and all of the men and women who have died for their right to protest.
They are overpaid, under-educated grown men who play a child’s game. I have not heard or seen but a few that would be willing to play the same game as an 18-year-old private in Afghanistan or Iraq! They play with balls for a living that 18-year-old private has balls!
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I don’t give a shit if a bunch of entitled hood rats kneel during the National Anthem. It’s their Constitutional right and the US Army has been fighting for the right to be wrong since 14 June 1775. I’ll never watch another game, subscribe to football package, wager on a game in Vegas or buy a Jersey again. Personally but I have zero fucks to give to nfl players or their teams.
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My 2 cents:
The players have a right to kneel, as long as their contracts with the NFL don’t prohibit them from doing so. They can be as stupid and disrespectful as they want.
However, the public has a right to their opinion, and certainly has the right to boycott the NFL or cancel their TV subscriptions to voice their disapproval.
The NFL, just like Hollywood, thinks they are important. They are not. They are overpaid, pampered and stupid. I, for one, will not care if the NFL and Hollywood goes bust. In fact, I would love to see it happen. They can protest all they want, but I don’t have to listen to them, watch them, or pay for them.
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I expressed my views on the controversy here:
This does not change them.
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I’m done with the NFL…saw the writing on the wall when Phil Simms cowered to his PC masters by refusing to say the word “Redskins”. But there’s something darker afoot here. Came across these old Marshall McLuhan quotes:
“The global village is a little town where everybody is maliciously engaged in poking his nose into everybody else’s business. You don’t necessarily have harmony.”
“Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition.”
There’s an old pick-pocket technique of getting the crowd all worked up, agitated, distracted…even disoriented. Who’s paying attention to what we are in the process of losing in our own towns and villages?
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Saul Alinsky’s first “rule for radicals” is “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have”. The NFL’s response is a BS coverup of the basic issue that the left is successfully working its way into all sports, at both the college and professional levels. Conservatives have the power by exercising our freedom through Boycotts; we have to refuse to go to football games, stop buying NFL jerseys, helmets, etc. There are enough conservatives in this country to exercise the power of the purse and send a strong message that will scare the owners and players straight. Follow the money; if we can effectively use boycotts, these folks will find religion quickly.
A long time NFL fan, had 4 season tickets up until last season, I threw in the towel. The straw that broke the camels back was when Derek Carr from the Raiders stood for the anthem, the ONLY Raider to stand for the anthem, literally with the highest paid offensive line in football, was allowed to be sacked the whole game. A news report was floated the following week that lineman had made attacking comments against Carr, and that he got what he deserved for not kneeling with them. The reporter was there was told if he published this story he would never be allowed in an NFL locker room again to report a game.
This, coupled with the fact the NFL players union in s joint effort with Planned Parenthood are donating money to Soros open society to overthrow Trump, made me say, “ to hell with the NFL”. Now they throw this PC compromise. Oh well, my entertainment dollars are better spent elsewhere.
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Men I knew, some better than others. These men were murdered in the line of duty. Each of them murdered while trying to help someone, or bring an evil man to justice.
I think about their flag covered caskets, and I think about the flag. When someone stomps the flag or burns one, or disrespects it, I’m not upset that they desecrated a piece of cloth with dye on it. I’m not thinking about that piece of linen with three colors. I’m thinking about the casket underneath it. I’m thinking about the man inside that casket, I’m thinking about that mother or the wife who is receiving their last memory of that man, a flag. I’m thinking about how easily that could be my wife or mother.
So when you see a veteran or a cop, upset about someone stomping a flag, understand that it goes much MUCH deeper than that dyed piece of linen.
With that said, no matter my personal feelings, I will absolutely 100% defend your right to desecrate that flag. If that’s how you want to protest, by all means go right ahead. I may inform you what you are doing in my eyes, but I will defend your right to do so. (Unless you’re one of those Westboro Church folks, fuck those guys.)
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As a Liberty Tree (civilian) member of Oath Keepers there are times I have a different perspective on matters than my military colleagues. This is not one of them. I may not have taken an Oath to serve but I damn sure took a Pledge. The first time I said the Pledge I was in kindergarten, didn’t really understand at the time, but it sure seemed important. As a late Baby Boomer I got to grow up in the 60’s and 70’s and watched the Pledge disappear from school. Would have probably not thought about it except we still said it at Cub Scout and later Boy Scout meetings. And that is what is wrong with today’s over paid, self centered, and self righteous athletes. They never stood up in class as a six year old and led the Pledge of Allegiance. They never sang The National Anthem in music class. They weren’t taught how great this country really is or the sacrifices made to keep it that way. They would cringe in horror if they heard “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and then they would need to find a ‘Safe Place’.
And that is what Roger Goodell and the NFL owners have done, given them a ‘Safe Place’. Stay in the locker room so you won’t hear some celebrity (who cares?) and 60,000 plus, raving maniacal PATRIOTS sing The National Anthem. By kneeling or staying in the locker room they not only disrespect our Flag and The USA, they are showing contempt for the fans. Trust me, the contempt goes both ways.If it wasn’t for the love of sports in America most of the ‘kneelers’ would be standing on a street corner in another line of work.
The NFL has decided to fine the teams and let the owners decide punishment on a team (player) basis. I call B.S. The more liberal owners will give them a slap on the wrist. The conservative owners are screwed, too harsh and the players union will cry foul. My thoughts are give them a three game suspension without pay across the board. Averaged out that would cost them about $3,000,000. each. Now that we have your attention, go stand on the sideline and shut up.
And now all of a sudden they have discovered the 1st Amendment. So what? You wear a costume (it’s not a uniform, my son wears a uniform) and you get paid a salary to perform. Part of your performance is to stand on the sidelines and show proper respect during the playing of The National Anthem. Get over it and do your job. if you have something to say I am sure you can find some liberal talking head to listen to you and tell you how great you are for bringing it to our attention.
Will I watch NFL games? No, I prefer college ball. Most of those young men do it for the sport, not the money. They may have dreams of the big league but understand that very few make it.
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Photo credit: Fans were not only angry with their beloved teams, but also with the league, over the protests during the national anthem. (AP)
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