But if Jones and the rest of his filthy-rich cronies are really so supportive of what all of these players are doing, why is the guy who started it all, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was first to take a knee last season during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality, still out of a job?
As President Donald Trump, the genius, continues to distract us like toddlers from more important issues like Russian collusion into the 2016 election, health care, taxes and nuclear annihilation, here’s a piece of advice for everyone who all of a sudden thinks National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and his billionaire boys’ club of 32 team owners are a bastion of equality, unity and fair treatment:
Don’t think that, because they aren’t.
Goodell, the owners and the NFL in general still make billions and billions of dollars on the backs of players, most of them black, whom, it could be argued, risk their lives on every single play. Yes, no one’s forcing them to play this particular game, but that doesn’t change the fact that the latest research practically guarantees they are negatively impacting their futures and shortening their lives by playing football. It also doesn’t change the fact that they play the most dangerous professional sport, and yet their labor agreement with the NFL is far worse than the agreements enjoyed by pro basketball, baseball and hockey players.
NFL owners have allowed Goodell and his “investigators” to basically act and react outside the jurisdiction of law enforcement when players misbehave, and it’s only when an owner’s bottom line is negatively impacted by one of his own players being suspended by the league do you hear any owners complaining.
“Wow, even Jerry Jones locked arms with his players and kneeled” is how a complimentary tweet read in a thread this past Monday night, when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined players on his team in peaceful protest on the sideline during the National Anthem before their game against the Cardinals.
But if Jones and the rest of his filthy-rich cronies are really so supportive of what all of these players are doing, why is the guy who started it all, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was first to take a knee last season during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality, still out of a job? Kaepernick is more talented and has a more impressive track record than probably 10 quarterbacks starting in the NFL today. He’s arguably better than at least half and probably more of the 32 second string quarterback holding down a roster spot. And yet, thanks to Goodell and the league’s 32 team owners – who can lean with the winds of public opinion with the most savvy of politicians, especially when there’s money to be made – Kaepernick is unemployed.
Trump said stupid, mean things at his rally last Friday in Alabama about NFL football players (and their mothers), and followed it up with more ill-advised and even hypocritical tweets on the subject. NFL owners, many of them buddies of Trump and major donors to his political undertakings, nonetheless saw the public relations tide turning against the president, so they joined the flock as predictably as sheep.
Don’t pat these guys on the back or think they’ve suddenly changed for the better. They haven’t.