WASHINGTON: At a rally in Alabama a few months ago, President Trump viciously condemned Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the National Anthem. This led to a series of tweets by Trump criticizing the NFL for their policies about kneeling. It became a plea, please stand for the anthem.
In protest against Trump, dozens of NFL players decided to kneel or link arms during their games last week. Kaepernick claims his protests cost him his job. Others may say it is his mediocre performance or that he is too much of a distraction for any team to bear.
Does America support kneeling football players?
While many have praised the football players from almost every NFL team that have kneeled or sat during the National Anthem, the majority of Americans do not approve of their actions, and are themselves protesting against the NFL; football’s ratings are down 15%, and the NFL may lose up to 200 million in advertising revenue.
Yet supporters of the pro-Kaepernick protests insist that what they are doing is loved by the American people and will benefit future generations. Some Twitter users have even made analogies to Martin Luther King, Jr’s civil rights movement by saying that in 40 years, we will we walking down Kaepernick Avenue.
But do the American people as a whole truly stand (or kneel) with Kaepernick?
Let’s look at the facts.
Reuters/Ipsos polled Americans asking them if they personally stood in silence when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played. The answer? A whopping 85%. And how many Americans think that professional athletes should be required to stand during the anthem?
An impressive 58%.
A Remington poll concluded that 64% of Americans believe that NFL players should stand. And if you think this support is conservative only, you’d be wrong; 91% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 43% of Democrats think that players should stand.
Please stand for the anthem
So, why do you think that 51% Americans are watching less football this year? 69% of them say it’s because of players using the NFL to express their political views. Or it may be that it is all about replays and prima-donna players.
Please keep politics out of football, NFL. It makes the football less appealing to Americans, and it hurts you too.
For more videos about American patriotism and what makes America so different, check out this video from PragerU.
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - Oakland Raiders National Anthem Kneeling, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62735933