More than a month after Super Bowl LII ended the NFL’s 2017 season, the national anthem-kneeling controversy is continuing to follow some players.
Twitter posts published by two Seattle Seahawks this week depict a woman catching up with cornerbacks Neiko Thorpe and Mike Tyson outside the team’s practice facility — and teaching them a lesson about flag etiquette the rest of the league should remember when the new season begins.
In the videos posted separately by Thorpe and Tyson on Monday, the unnamed woman is heard giving the men a piece of her mind about the NFL players who knelt in protest during the pre-game playing of the national anthem in 2017.
And she was no doubt speaking for the vast majority of NFL fans while she was at it.
“You can’t stand up and be a man,” the woman said. “On your little f—ing knees and not represent the country’s flag that made you what you are.”
Unfortunately, the players didn’t seem to be taking the woman’s message too seriously, but with fans fed up with the league’s antics, it’s a good chance they will be when playing time rolls around again in the fall.
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Liberals who sympathize with the protesting players are trying to criticize the woman by pointing out that the two Seahawks she accosted weren’t among those who took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” last year.
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However, according to KCPQ, the entire team stayed in the locker room during while the anthem played before a Seahawks game against the Tennessee Titans at the Titans’ Nissan stadium Sept. 24. (It was just after President Donald Trump slammed the protesting players at a campaign rally in Alabama.)
That was a slap in the face to the entire country. And considering how much taxpayers support the NFL through public money, it was even more disgraceful.
The NFL is a private corporation, and its players are employees of privately owned teams, but it operates with a huge amount of public — taxpayer-provided — financial support.
According to a Fox Sports report from 2016, Americans at the state and local level had ponied up $7 billion to finance stadiums for NFL play in the past 20 years. (And that includes the Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field, which voters agreed to finance in a 1997 referendum, according to The Seattle Times.)
But the details are really beside the point. NFL players make a handsome living — and enjoy vast prestige — thanks to the emotional and financial support of the American public. It’s not too much for fans — like the anonymous woman in Seattle — to expect those players to show some respect for the country in return.
The politics of the 2017 NFL season were disastrous for a league that has long enjoyed pride of place in the pantheon of American sports. Its public image was battered, and television ratings suffered because of it.
But the NFL seemed to be getting the lesson by late in the season, as a November “Monday Night Football” showed — at the Seahawks’ own field, no less.
When the 2018 season starts, these Seahawks players — and the rest of the NFL — should realize this fed-up fan taught them a lesson they should never forget.
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