Why do players expect NFL anti-American gestures to win over viewers?
We’ve already seen that NFL anti-American demonstrations are likely driving away viewers. While I don’t understand why the national anthem is played at sports events of any kind, the players are all highly privileged people who make a good living. Publicly acting like America is a racist enemy that they must not respect can only alienate the majority of poorer, less privileged, white viewers!
Yet the displays of disrespect continue.
AFP reports, “NFL opening weekend sees more Star-Spangled Banner protests.”
Seattle’s Michael Bennett and Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch joined other NFL athletes Sunday in protesting the treatment of minorities by US law enforcement during the first weekend of the regular season.
Both Bennett and Lynch remained seated during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Seahawks and Raiders season-opening games as part of a continuing wave of protests that began last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Bennett sat as teammate Justin Britt stood next to him with his hand on his shoulder while another teammate, Thomas Rawls, stood on Bennett’s other side before the game against the Green Bay Packers.
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