The NFL and not standing for the Anthem

Shaming the flag, shaming America

Another season is here for the National Football League (NFL) and another season of multimillion dollar babies not standing to respect our country. It is not about free speech, it is about the NFL not policing the players. Now let me say this, the average player makes $860,000 per year in 2015, so not all of them are multimillion dollar babies.

The United States Flag and the Christian Flag
Just as they should be, proudly showing their colors. The United States Flag and the Christian Flag. (Photo ©William Ballentine)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of himself for not standing up for America first. He has claimed in the past that it is not an enforceable action for the NFL to take. Please tell us Commissioner why it is not enforceable? It seems that the NFL can hand out fines for uniform violations, end zone celebrations, fighting, the way the players interact on the field with the referees, and actually other things I haven’t mentioned. But, this isn’t enforcable, really?

I believe it has more to do with revenue than with being enforceable. It seems that the NFL is more concerned about the bottom line than with the best in line for our country. Here, one of the most watched and followed sports in America has the chance to say enough is enough and do something positive for our nation, and they don’t do anything except let the disrespect go on.

NFL League
The NFL Emblem, ©National Football League. Obtained from Bing Images.

The sponsors are caught in the middle of this issue as well are the owners. The sponsors have to answer to their board members and the owners have to answer to their fans. The owners hands are tied by the NFL.

Then there is the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). I am sure they want to stay as neutral as possible so they do not hurt their image with the players, the NFL or the fans.

Now, let’s just say a little about the freedom os speech thing. I agree we all have freedom of speech WHEN WE ARE NOT ON THE PAYROLL OF SOMEONE ELSE. These football players are employees of their teams and are paid by the teams, through a process of the owners sharing profits, which is another issue.

The players should have to act in accordance with what the teams want, not what the players want. In North Carolina you can lose your job by doing “your thing” while on the time clock of your employor. Heck, some have lost their jobs for doing their thing while they were not on the time clock.

I would like to see the sponsors stand up for our country and start pulling ads from the television networks and the NFL.

The owners should start including in the contracts of the player conditions that the player has to stand for the national anthem and show the proper respect for the flag as defined by national protocol. If it is in the contract then at least the fans and the sponsors know if the teams are patriotic or not, depending on how the teams take care of the issue.

If the player violates this contract he could be suspended by the team, fined by the team or be fired by the team without penalty to the team. In other words, the team would not have to finish paying out the players contract.

As a last effort the NFL teams should remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. After it is finished they should come onto the field.

You can click here to read a second blog I have written on this subject.

Now in closing let me say this. I understand this is a very complicated issue, however it would seem the NFL really does not want to take care of the problem. If the NFL does not want to take care if it, maybe it is time for others to force the NFL to take care of these multimillion dollar babies that think their demonstration is more important than showing respect for our nation.

I would be amiss if I didn’t take this time to say thank you to the many players that respect our country and our flag at the beginning of each game.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, it’s the readers and followers time to speak. Leave your comments so others can read and comment.



8 thoughts on “The NFL and not standing for the Anthem”

  1. I would be curious to know how many of the protestors grew up in Section Eight housing, food stamps, free lunches, scholarships and other government programs.


  2. Thank you for standing up ….
    Its about time we all stand up , stand together AS AMERICANS
    It makes me sick to watch this BS …pisses me off to watch, so I will never watch another football game, I will never buy anything that supports the NFL,Until the owners coaches and players ALL..stop disrespecting this country & FLAG that I STAND FOR and BELIEVE in,
    I will not stand by and watch them disrespect and spit in the faces of the Millions of red blooded Americans that have fought and are fighting to keep this great country free….so these million dollar babies can be free to PLAY !!!! a game. SHAME on the OWNERS …SHAME on the COACHES for not having the same amount of BALLS to make these cry babies stand for Nation Anthem. YOUR ALL COWARDS have the balls just like the men and woman fighting for this country that gives you the freedom to play that game. If any of you don’t want to stand cover your heart with PRIDE that you live in a country that has GIVEN you the right to make millions playing a game , then pack your bags go to the country of your choice and see if that country will pay you millions to play a game of football.
    To all the NFL Players, Owners, Coaches…that say their players have to right to the freedom of speech … and dont have to stand for the National Anthem …..The Constitution of the Untied states “GAVE” YOU THAT RIGHT Its Time you act like one “an AMERICAN” . you cannot choose when your gonna be an American and when your not. you either ARE or your NOT !!!!those whom are cant make up their minds are TRADERS of this country, if you don’t like it here and you don’t like your million dollar “GAME “you get to Play……GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS COUNTRY !!!!

    A shout out to all the players that do act like Americans, to Jerry Jones a true American TONS of respect for the stand you took. A HUGE shout out to the LONE Pittsburgh Steeler that had the BALLS to stand ALONE!!!!!!

    Last thing I will say : I am A TRUE RED BLOODED AMERICAN AND I AM PROUD TO SAY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. I fight for your right to protest. If you can not give the respect due the US. You have the right to Leave this country and you should exercise that right.


  4. I’m for America 100%. I support the men and women who have fought and died for this country of ours. I respect the flag and all that it stands for. I was raised to honor, the flag, our president, our military, and our country. This whole NFL thing is out of line, it not a black or white issue, it’s an issue of disrespect. I would hope owners would do the right thing and fire the players. We have young men who would gladly play in the NFL and who would gladly stand for America.


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