Rich, Pampered Athletes In Philly Plan On Protesting National Anthem

Because what we need is an inter-mixing of hardcore politics while we attempt to escape while watching sports

(NBC Sports) The first Sunday of the regular season coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And while there were still some demonstrations from NFL players during the national anthem, at least one team refrained on that day — but won’t in Week Two.

“Everybody wants to be a part of it and I feel like it’s no different on our team,” Eagles safetyMalcolm Jenkins told Glen Macnow of WIP in Philadelphia on Friday, via CSNPhilly.com. “We got guys, especially myself, who feel very strongly about the topic. Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure we didn’t do anything to take away from the folks, the families, that suffered from 9-11. We didn’t want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone. But moving forward, I’m sure there will be guys that will probably join in.”

Jenkins said he possibly will be one of the players who participate in the demonstration.

“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” Jenkins said. “Really, it’s just to continue to push for the conversation about social injustice. And that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities to education. It’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country, since its inception that really put minorities, especially African-Americans, at a disadvantage, when you’re talking about quality of life and actually growing in this country.

“So we want to continue to keep that conversation going and push it to as many people as we can. Obviously, while also doing our part in bringing forth change. And I think, obviously, this has been a hot topic and the more players that join in, the further this conversation goes. And I think after the initial shock of what happened and once everybody started to listen to what [Colin Kaepernick’s] message was, it’s become a really good conversation that’s going on nationwide. I think every player has an opinion and definitely wants to share, use their stage to do better.”

Well, I suppose if you plan on doing it in a Democratic Party run city that has degraded the lives of blacks via Democratic Party policies, well, OK, then. As the first comment at the article reads “8 years of “Hope and Change” and here we are at this.”

Malcolm Jenkins signed a 4 year, $35,000,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, including a $7,500,000 signing bonus, $21,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,750,000. In 2016, Jenkins will earn a base salary of $2,500,000 and a signing bonus of $7,500,000. Jenkins has a cap hit of $5,666,668 while his dead money value is $17,666,668.

He should engage in social justice and give the majority away to black families in poverty. “Put your money where your mouth or demonstration is.”

Yes, the players have a 1st Amendment right to protest peaceably. Other people are also eligible to use their 1st Amendment Rights to complain about the players and their so-called protests. Most of the early ratings are down from 2015. Could this have anything to do with people tuning out from all the politicization? Yes, sports can be used for politics, but, do it in the right way. Jackie Robinson just went out and played.

(Proof Positive) If I were a millionaire sports star, I could think of any number of ways I could “start a conversation” about whatever was on my mind. After game interviews, take out a full page ad in the New York Times, hire a skywriter, set my Ferrari on fire in my driveway and let the press (and my insurance company) interview me!

But to publicly disrespect the flag, IMHO, crosses that line. I do not need to watch a demonstration of the ignorance and gullibility of spoiled millionaire jocks, who believe things that simply aren’t true about the state of law enforcement in the country that provided them wealth, fame and boundless opportunities.

If the NFL doesn’t agree with me, fine! That’s their right. But if I refuse to watch any of their teams, or patronize any of their sponsors, or promote them in any way, that’s my right, too, which I will exercise until such time as I am satisfied that the NFL is not providing a platform for a poisonous form of dissent.

How many will tune out? I’ll be watching the games. And laughing at the pampered athletes who think they are Doing Something. It’s easy for them. What’s hard is putting their own money and time on the line. Will they do that? Perhaps they should look around and realize that black on black violence is quite a bit bigger than cops shooting criminals who are black and engaged in criminality.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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