Kirsters Baish| The story of the 2017 NFL Nation Anthem protests continues this week. It’s obvious that both those in support of the anthem protests and those against the anthem protests will be coming forward to share their points, however these opinions are only worsening the situation.
This is a huge crisis for the NFL, and team owners have been split by what they should do to deal with their defiant players. Profits are falling rapidly and viewership is down drastically from last year. Fans have been angered by the protests and have felt alienated at disrespected. Taking a knee during the National Anthem is totally unacceptable and is a clear disrespect for our country.
NFL officials were forced to conduct meetings in which they looked for any sort of solution to the issues at hand that would sit well with both players and fans. During these meetings, Bob McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans, decided to offer his two cents with a solution that almost cost him his team.
The Bleacher Report wrote:
Speaking at a meeting between owners, team executives and commissioner Roger Goodell, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in response to NFL players taking a knee during the United States national anthem.
On Friday, Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN.com detailed the protest-focused meetings this month, which featured both private gatherings and a separate large session that also included players. They noted McNair’s statement in the owners’ exchange of concerns “stunned some in the room.”
McNair took to Twitter to make a formal apology for his statement on Friday:
Statement from Texans Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. McNair: pic.twitter.com/EXdwKZ4y4x
— Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 27, 2017
ESPN’s Sarah Barshop stated that Texan players wanted to leave their practice following the comments that were made. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Texan players had to be persuaded to stay on the field. Schefter also stated that Houston’s star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t even at the practice because of the comments that McNair had made.
It seems to me that NFL players have become more like prima donnas than football players. It’s time for these players to start realizing that their actions on the field have consequences. If they continue to protest the National Anthem they will continue to lose fans, and losing fans means losing money.