The president’s second son, Eric Trump, retweeted a Washington Examiner note titled Dallas Cowboys player says officials have given team green light to protest national anthem and ruled “Football is officially dead—so much for ‘America’s sport.’ Goodbye NFL… I’m gone” according to a Breitbart article.
Football is officially dead — so much for “America’s sport.” Goodbye NFL… I’m gone. https://t.co/FSJeyvsql3
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 8, 2020
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was once an outspoken advocate of patriotic symbols and said, “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period,” according to an October 2017 article by Breitbart.
But the climate has changed, or at least that’s what the mainstream media wants to show Americans, and now Jones asked Cowboys fans to respect the idea that players have different opinions.
“That’s the great thing about America: Everybody has a difference,” Jones said. “If our players are there, they are sensitive to and respect what America is as it relates to the flag. I’ll assure you that. I’d hope that our fans—and I think they will—understand that our players have issues that they need help on. They need help from the majority of America.”
On Sept. 1, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “The NFL stands with the black community, the players, clubs, and fans,” Goodell said on Tuesday, Sept. 8. “Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential,” according to The Associated Press.
According to a Fox News article, as part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL will allow players to wear stickers on the back of their helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality.
NFL executive Troy Vincent said he saw a change in club owners that some in the past would not pay attention to these issues.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie said some of his club owner friends are “ashamed of our country” and have meetings scheduled to discuss what they can do to help more with social injustices.
The death of George Floyd in May of this year in Minneapolis, was the trigger for protests against police brutality and so-called systemic racism across the country. Since then, similar incidents like Kenosha have been used as justifications for looting, burning, destroying, and even killing at every protest that turned into a riot.
Of course, Floyd’s death remains a tragedy that could have been prevented if the police proceeded otherwise, but there is a very long distance between what happened to George Floyd and what the left wants to assert: that white America is racist and the system has to be torn down.
The NBA also began its season with almost all of its players kneeling during the national anthem before the game and with the message of “Black Lives Matters” on their T-shirts. But perhaps the NFL didn’t notice that the NBA has lost its audience significantly since then and that the Marxist movement of Black Lives Matters does not fit with American values.
So, perhaps Eric Trump is not so wrong, and if the NFL follows the same path as the NBA, football is really dead.