NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement criticizing President Donald Trump’s comments at a Friday rally in which he called on NFL owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who protests during the national anthem.
In the statement, Goodell never mentioned Trump by name, but said “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” per USA Today.
The comments from Trump to which Goodell was replying came during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama for Senator Luther Strange on Friday. Responding to a number of players who have chosen to kneel, sit or raise their fists in protest of racial inequality while the national anthem is played before games, Trump said such displays are a “total disrespect of our heritage. That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”
Trump went on to say that any NFL owner who fired a player protesting the anthem would become “the most popular person in this country” for a week. He also encouraged NFL fans to walk out of the stadium if a player attempts to protest during the anthem.
Conduct during the United States national anthem is defined under '36 U.S. Code § 301.' The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
This is how NASCAR teams conduct themselves during the national anthem.
It's really this simple - If you don't love America and can't respect our flag just get the hell out! I'm sure those who died and were injured defending America's heritage would feel the same way!
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Our president Donald J Trump handled this NFL disgrace to America perfectly. Social media is on fire with Americans protesting and boycotting the NFL. Fans are burning their Expensive NFL Memorabilia!
Army veteran and lineman Alejandro Villanueva, who took a tongue lashing from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, decided to take part in the pre-game national anthem ceremony on Sunday while the rest of his team remained out of sight in the locker room.
'Like I said, I was looking for 100 per cent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,' Tomlin said following his team's 23-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Alejandro Villanuva's jerseys are flying off the shelves at a record pace. America is supporting Villanuva for standing up doing the right thing for his country!
My great uncle's bones are lying at the bottom of pearl harbor': NFL fans BURN their merchandise in disgust over anthem protests.
Dozens of upset NFL fans are boycotting their teams and burning their expensive memorabilia in response to players choosing to sit or kneel during the national anthem on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans are even more upset with the team after all of the players except for one stayed inside the locker room during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
In a video shared to YouTube, Robert Williams of Texas, burns over $1,000 worth of Steelers gear.
'We stand for this country. We have morals in this country,' Williams says. 'My great uncles bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbor for this country, for the flag, for your freedom to play in the NFL and to say whatever you want to say.
NFL Ratings DIP Forces Network Ad Refunds!
The NFL’s television ratings decline this season is beginning to make a dent in the bottom line for major networks. Broadcasters like CBS and NBC saw sharp increases in audience deficiency units (ADUs), or “makegoods,” which are payments they must make to advertisers when ads do not receive the promised volume of impressions.
In other words, fewer people watching football means fewer eyeballs to see ads, and the networks that broadcast NFL games are paying the price.
The major football networks all took a major hit last month in NFL ad revenue—the money they bring in from advertisers that pay for air time during football games.
In the month of November, NBC’s NFL ad revenue sunk 17% compared to last year, according to new data from the Standard Media Index. CBS saw a decline of 26% (earlier this month, AdWeek points out, CBS chairman Les Moonves boasted at a UBS event that “there have been no makegoods” on any of the network’s NFL broadcasts this season). Fox saw a 34% decline in its NFL ad revenue.
To be sure, some of these networks have less football to show this year, and thus less ad space to sell. CBS is showing one less NFL game this season than last season, and Fox is showing three fewer games. Read more here on Yahoo.com.
Alejandro Villanueva apologizes for throwing Steeler teammates under the bus. But was he threatened by Mike Tomlin?
The only member of the Pittsburgh Steelers to take the field for the anthem now says he regrets his actions and apologized to his teammates and coach Monday.
Alejandro Villanueva, a Steelers lineman and U.S. Army veteran, was pictured standing alone before Sunday’s game during the national anthem while the rest of the team refused to take the field in protest. His stand has made his jersey one of the top sellers in the NFL.
“Unfortunately I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally,” Villanueva said in a press conference Monday. “Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself I feel embarrassed.”
We think this is absolute Pittsburgh Steelers Bullshit! Was Villanueva threatened by coach Mike Tomlin? We don't doubt it for a second!
What are your thoughts on this?
Just a small rant here.
I'm so tired of all the BS about the injustices being suffered by "their people". Why don't all these goody-goody protesters go to "their" neighborhoods and convince "their people" to stop dealing drugs, stealing cars, committing all manner of crime, even against "their" own people. How many of "their people" were running from prosecution, trying to kill officers of the law, committing crimes against society when they got killed????I say keep all the police protections out of "their neighborhoods" and let them all kill as many of "their" kind as they want to.
Now, I recognize the NFL players right to protest what they believe is an injustice in America. I also recognize my right to boycott anything associated with the NFL and anything associated with it and to do the best I can to persuade every red blooded American to do the same. Those pampas overpaid bastards need to be kicked in the balls, and if we can't get close enough to do the kicking, we all need to hit the NFL owners right where it hurts them the most. Take away their dollars and they won't be able to pay those disrespectful SOB's those outrageous salaries.
I spent 11 years in the military, during and after Viet Nam, and then another 11 years contracting with the Department of Defense. I am proud of and hope to NEVER disrespect the very things that make America the greatest country in the world. Screw the NFL and ALL those "protesting" assholes....
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