|49ers owner Jed York|
|Falcons owner Arthur Blank|
Instead of having a backbone and requiring their players to stand for the national anthem, some team owners are foolishly engaging in a free speech debate that will only hurt their team's bottom line.
AOL News reports the NFL appears to be digging in and preparing for a war with President Donald Trump.During a rally in Alabama on Friday, President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who protest the national anthem, saying he wished NFL owners would "fire" the players and say "Get that son of a b---- off the field right now."On Saturday, several NFL teams released official statements condemning the comments, backing their players, and seemingly prepping for a drawn-out social media battle with Trump.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded first, saying Trump's comments showed an "unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL."A short while later, several NFL teams followed suit with strong statements, several of which came directly from the owner of the team. Here is just a sampling of the statements from NFL teams.From San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York: "The callous and offensive comments made by the President are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world."From Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank: "We are at our very best when we are working together, building unity and including everyone's voice in a constructive dialogue. Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy."
Memo to Ballplayers and team Owners:
Let's cut to the chase. Fans only care about if a player scores a touchdown, hits a homerun, makes a basket, or scores a goal into the net. They don't care or wish to hear about how a player feels about President Trump or alleged police misconduct. They wanna see gifted million dollar athletes play a game to escape their own troubles in life if only for a few hours. This foray into political issues on the field is extremely stupid because fans don't have to go to the game and buy a $12.00 hot dog to pay the players.