Two weeks ago, I had to call the police on a Sunday. Someone had entered the building we rent unannounced. Four cops showed up within minutes. They checked inside the building as my daughter and I waited outside. When the cops emerged, it turned out to be the landlord was the person who “broke in,” thus, it turned out to be a false alarm.
On the way out, I thanked the 4 policemen for all they do. One cop replied, “Enjoy your Sunday, Sir.” I chimed back, “Not much to do now that the NFL is on my boycott list for what they do to you guys.” All 4 cops thanked me, and each voiced disappointment with the NFL players, owners, and league reps.
A few days ago, I was pulled over for a traffic infraction. The policeman saw my bumper sticker, which reads: “I STAND FOR MY FLAG.” He went on to thank me for my efforts and expressed how in addition to being a cop, he is also a veteran. He too is bothered by the NFL’s disrespect for the flag.
An estimated 30% of NFL fans are turned off by the kneeling that takes place during the national anthem. As a result, TV ratings are in the gutter. Some diehard fans have burned their favorite team’s jersey, they’ve sold their season tickets and ended their Sunday NFL Ticket subscription.
Last week, the Vice President of the United States walked out of a Colts game when the players took a knee.
As for me, I stopped watching the games. My wife and I take our spare time to mail as many I STAND FOR MY FLAG bumper stickers as possible with the hope that it becomes it’s own little movement. My wife has been up some nights until 3am putting stamps on envelopes.
I’ve also called the NFL sponsors to complain about the financial support they provide, and I pay our website writers at DML to pump out as many articles as possible that reflect the disgusting behavior of the NFL.
Sadly, not everyone agrees with me. For example, there are the 70% of NFL fans who continue to support the league and thus, I believe they take our American flag for granted.
For these people, the kneeling doesn’t matter as much as who wins the game. Can you imagine being a Marine over in the Middle East and seeing the NFL players kneeling while you’re trying to stay alive another day.
What kind of example do these NFL-supporters set? Especially those people who take their kids to the NFL games. How do you explain to your son or daughter why it’s OK to take a knee?
Now, some people will respond to my question by saying “it’s not OK.” Really. Can you really say that with conviction? If it’s not OK, why are you supporting these people by paying for a ticket and supporting their games? It’s hypocrisy at it’s best.
I understand that not everyone cherishes the police, the military and our veterans like they should. And yes, many of the 70% will hang an American flag from the porch and say the Pledge Of Allegiance with a hand over the heart. Odds are the 70% would never take a knee for the national anthem. But it doesn’t matter — it’s not enough. The 70% want their cake and eat it to. Therefore, they are enablers.
Fact is, if people stop watching, and if people stop going to the games, the players will stop kneeling.
Who makes up the 70%? You might be shocked to know who some of them are.
Believe it or not, I actually know a person who is part of the 70%. To make matters worse, this person is a retired cop.
There’s no blood relation between us, but I’ve known this person for decades. This person will wave the flag from the porch, and will play ‘God Bless America’ at the July 4 BBQ. And this person has all the NYPD gear… the hats, the shirts, and a monthly check stub bearing the logo atop the pension amount they earned. This person knew many cops and firemen who died on the morning of 9/11. So it’s hard for me to understand how this person can attend an NFL game a week after the players remained in the locker room for the national anthem. I’m guessing this person watched the NFL on TV today. This too boggles my mind.
When I confronted this person they came back with a long-winded, curse-laden response that included name calling tactics used by the Left. This person actually called me, of all people, a “bully.” This person said I need to see a shrink — they think I have mental issues. Then again, this is a person who didn’t think Trump had a chance.
Little ole’ DML, a guy who gets a traffic ticket from a cop and then thanks him for the service he provides. I’m a bully for defending what a cop will not?
Ok. Fine. I’ll take the label. But if I am a bully for protecting the same flag that my father fought for in Vietnam then give me the respect of capitalizing the B. Call me a ‘Bully.’ In fact, I’d appreciate it if they’d take it a step further. Capitalize all the letters. DML the BULLY. This way the message is loud and clear.
Some people say politics divides this nation — Right v. Left. I say that’s false.
I say it’s Right versus Wrong. I believe that any person who supports the NFL is doing wrong by their country.
As for the cop…
One of these days the kneeling will stop. But even so, I will never again speak to the retired cop who wrote me the most disgusting, classless, vulgar-laden message I’ve ever received in 48 years. Any person capable of writing such hurtful, horrific comments towards another human being needs to see a shrink. Perhaps this person will squeeze in a sofa session between NFL games?
More importantly, according to ESPN, the following NFL players disrespected the national anthem on Sunday:
Oakland Raiders: Marshawn Lynch sat at the beginning of the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chargers, as he has since the preseason began.
Los Angeles Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung stood with the rest of his teammates during the national anthem, raising his right fist.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, knelt.
Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air and punter Johnny Hekker wrapped his arm around his waist in support before Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers: Seven 49ers kneeling during the anthem before Sunday’s game against Washington. Safety Eric Reid, safety Adrian Colbert, linebacker Dekoda Watson, receiver Marquise Goodwin, defensive lineman Arik Armstead, linebacker Eli Harold and cornerback K’Waun Williams knelt. The rest of the team locked arms and stood throughout the playing of the anthem.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins as a team stood for the national anthem on the sideline before Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, however, remained in the tunnel or locker room until the anthem was complete.
New Orleans Saints: Most of the Saints players briefly knelt in unity before the anthem against the Lions, like they did in their game in Week 4, which was their last game before the bye. They then all stood during the anthem, with several players and coaches locking arms. Their kneeling was met with loud boos from the crowd, and it occurred at the same time that the Superdome PA announcer requested a moment of silence for fallen New Orleans police officer Marcus McNeil. The crowd then cheered as players stood up.
Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued demonstrating for social justice by raising his first above his head during the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s game at Carolina. Safety Rodney McLeod joined him by raising a fist. Defensive end Chris Long placed an arm around Jenkins as a sign of support, a gesture he has made since white nationalists held demonstrations in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer.
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