I am not going to preach and this is not political. I am about solutions. Let me be 100% clear; I love this country and like 99.99% of Americans, I do not endorse racism, police brutality or social injustice. I am not making a judgement on the cause behind any NFL player’s protest and will defend all Americans right to protest.
BUT… They chose the wrong symbol to do it with.
Notice that no one is talking about what the protest is supposed to be about? That’s because most Americans do not connect the same dots that a former SF QB (let’s stop giving him attention) connected last year between his cause and our National Anthem.
The NFL, and probably many of the players, severely underestimated the response and reaction from everyday Americans. If they don’t get it under control, it will have long lasting repercussions for the league and they will not recover.
Yes, millions of fans will boycott the games and the advertisers and no one will win.
The GOOD news is…The NFL and players can fix it quickly.
Next Sunday, have all the players stand for the Anthem and find another symbol for your protest. How about an armband, socks, gloves, paint the fields, like you do with your cancer awareness campaign? Run PSA’s during games. Be creative and come up with solutions so everyone wins. You will do more good for the country (and the league) than you can imagine.
Let our National Anthem be a symbol that brings Americans together AND let’s all stand up and fight for every American’s equality, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket’s red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.