Earlier last week Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, who has been a leading voice in the support of National Anthem protests, expressed disappointment in the fact that he claims he was approached by an NFL owner who told him how to behave during the National Anthem.
He made these claims while on Bill Simmons’ HBO sports talk show called “Any Given Wednesday” which has been a prime spot for athletes to let loose and express themselves:
Via Cindy Boren/ The Washington Post: “There’s been owners that have told their players to do specific things or to not do specific things … regarding the national anthem and the protests,” Baldwin told Simmons on “Any Given Wednesday.” “The one quote that I was informed of was, ‘You’re going to stand on the line with your hand on your heart and you’re going to sing the national anthem because this is my stage.’”
This is the type of quote that should have America even more alarmed with what’s going on. Instead of realizing the significance of what the players are trying to nonviolently accomplish, the owners of the most popular and profitable sport in America are more worried about “their stage” and not the problems and concerns of the players who make their stage so popular and put so much money in their pockets.
This is the reality of our sports landscape nowadays. Most owners are just shrewd businessmen who don’t care about current issues if it’s not affecting their business. What they are worried about however is when players like Antonio Brown dance in the end zone excessively. That really grinds their gears because they feel it’s a bad representation of their team and product on the field, but standing at allegiance to a flag that the players feel doesn’t properly represent the rights of Americans is perfectly fine. Of course this is not because they feel it’s the right thing to do, but because the owners and organizations actually get paid to have their players stand on the field for the pledge.
God forbid if Antonio Brown twerks again after a touchdown. The whole world will end on the spot.
The owners need to stand by the players here. Whether you agree with what they’re doing or not, agree with the fact that they have rights and are properly exercising their right to express themselves in a way that is harming no one. If your feelings are hurt because you believe that you are the best and most patriotic American to ever walk this earth, then that’s a personal problem, but sitting or kneeling during the anthem isn’t hurting any body because a majority of Americans still watch NFL games regardless.
Calling it “your stage” is just making matters worse and putting more fire under more players to make this stand. The players support your checkbooks so support their rights, thoughts and feelings in this situation. I promise you’ll still make money.
Who do you agree with in this situation, the players or the owners? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.