a reply to: dragonridr
It amazes me people would be against players trying to help when they see something wrong.
Players have been doing that as long as I have been alive. The problem is how
some are doing it now.
When I tune into a football game, I want to see football. I don't understand how that is hard to understand. I have plenty of shows to choose from if
I want to see politics: the View, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, local news on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX several times a day, and about any late night talk show
now. I have never flipped through a TV guide, seen a football game, and wondered to myself, "Self, I think I'll watch that to see what the players'
It has never happened and it never will happen. You need to understand that if you want to understand the problem,
Now, during the course of watching games, I will typically find a few players that I like and hold in high esteem. If I see them promoting a cause on
an ESPN interview, I have no problem with that; the point of an ESPN interview is to become more familiar with the player. There's no game in progress
during an interview. That's when one should promote their cause, because it is specific to their opinion. Maybe I'll agree; maybe I won't, but they
can get their message out without becoming overbearing.
Just because I like someone, it does not follow that I am going to agree with whatever cause they support! I am allowed to make up my own damn mind!
Just because I like Chrysler, it does not follow I will buy whatever car the local Chrysler salesman wants me to buy either. I get to make up my own
damn mind. In both cases, push too hard and I will leave!
Unless of course you are actually niave enough to believe there isnt racism. Hate to tell you there is alot still on both sides. Time to get
rid of the hate and focus on working together.
No, what you are calling "racism" is nothing more than people looking at life from their own unique perspectives. I am not black; that doesn't mean I
am racist. It does mean that I look at life from my own perspective. I can have personal preferences that do not match the personal preferences of a
black neighbor. He can have personal preferences that do not match mine. As long as I do not consider him less than fully human because of his skin
color and he does not consider me less than fully human because of my skin color, there is no racism there.
People do not have to agree on every issue to end racism. if that is your definition, then what you are calling racism will never die.
You know the great thing about this country if you donr like something someone else does then get over it. if you have the players because you
believe incorrectly i might add that they are somehow harming you then dont watch it. But to actively fight against it trying to remove their rights
to express themselves has never worked out well in human history.
That's another way of saying "Shut up because my agenda is important." Nope. The great thing about America is people are able to express their views
freely without fear of censorship... or were. Some people lately think their fame gives them some great mandate to shove their views down others'
throats. It doesn't.
Take Colin Kaepernick (please!). Somewhere he got the idea that his personal cause meant more to people watching than the game did. He apparently felt
it meant more to the people watching than their country did, based on his choice of when to kneel and indicate dismissal of what was going on. You can
keep saying he didn't intend to insult America; fine, so you're saying he is a total idiot. Either way, he used his platform to insult and alienate
Now how did he get his platform? How did he get his moment of fame that allowed him to be seen? How did he get the advantages that were bought by the
money he made as an NFL quarterback? He got all this from the fans. The fans bought tickets to the ball game; the fans watched the games en masse on
TV and drove the ratings high; the fans bought merchandise from the NFL. All the money he got, all the TV time he got, was a direct result of the fans
supporting the NFL and supporting him in the process. And his response to all that support was to try and shove his politics down their throats.
So now I will not watch the NFL nor support them in any way until and unless the day comes that every shred of this show of absolute disrespect is
erased from history. That's going to be a tall order now... I want the team names back, I want the team spirit back, I want the political slogans
gone, I want everyone involved with the NFL itself replaced, I want there to be a complete ban on any political statement whatsoever during any
televised game, and I want every single team to be under new ownership.
Go ahead and tell me it won't happen; I agree. That means I will never watch another NFL game, buy another piece of NFL merchandise, or buy an NFL
ticket. Look at this thread and see how many agree with me. Now tell me where all those multi-million-dollar salaries for the players are going to
come from. They just messed in their own beds and now they get to sleep in them.
Oh, and how exactly am I refusing to allow anyone to speak their mind? Colin Kaepernick certainly got to speak his! He got to destroy an entire
American institution speaking his mind! He can go preach on some street corner now while making minimum wage for all I care; he still has his freedom
of speech. Me, though? You seem overly intent on refusing to listen to me or anyone who agrees with me... what about my freedom to decide what I do
and don't like and express it? You just called that "unamerican" while telling me that Kaepernick should be able to shove his personal beefs against
the cops down my throat any time and any place. That's a problem.