From the beginning of the Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling to protest police brutality (which he never seemed to be alarmed with until he hooked up with his activist girlfriend), there had to be some angst within the covering sports networks between their progressive desire to show support and the collateral pissing off of a large portion of the NFL fanbase.
The NFL’s regular season opens next week, and television network executives and broadcast crews all face the same quandary: When the national anthem plays, some players on the sidelines likely will kneel or perhaps raise fists in the air, and networks must decide whether to include these protests as part of their game broadcasts.
— Washington Post, 8/30/17
Unless you’re a season ticket holder or a fan in attendance who hangs out after the final play, you’d never know that kneeling goes on almost after every National Football League game. Not kneeling for a social justice fad but players thanking God that they can walk off the field under their own power at least one more week. Not hidden away on the sidelines but on the 50-yard-line.
Again, these players do not appear to be selectively reacting to something bad that happened in the news and earned hashtag status from #SJWs who couldn’t tell you what division the Chicago Bears are in. These players appear to be genuinely thanking God for the opportunity to play a game, earn a healthy living for themselves and their families, and are still relatively healthy.
This is not airworthy. This is religion. To liberals in the sports world that tolerate players of faith, this has none of the importance of the Kaepernick protests that have cost the League and their image much.
The networks could add a couple of minutes to their broadcasts after announcing the final score to show players kneeling but it’s why those players kneel that bothers them.
Quarterback Tim Tebow, despite inheriting a 1-4 Denver Broncos in the AFC West cellar and going 8-5 to win the division and a subsequent playoff game, was labeled “controversial” player for the sin of kneeling and praying during games; a practice done by many players, especially when a last-second field goal is being attempted. But Tebow’s career was essentially destroyed because he chose to kneel for a cause the left did not approve of.
Outspoken black players of faith like New Orleans’ Ben Watson are relatively ignored until they make a highlight reel of extraordinary note.
The left does not approve of the NFL’s solution to their kneeling P.R. nightmare and claims it an infringement of the players’ First Amendment rights. Forcing players to stay off the field if they don’t wish to stand for the national anthem is bad but cutting back to the studio after a game to avoid showing players kneeling and praying has been routine for years.
Hypocrisy much… again?