Sports should be followed, played, enjoyed, shared among generations. Yes to good fun, rivalries, bringing us together; No to the politics
Sad, Sickening and Disgusting
Many of us loyal football fans were sickened, when we began witnessing members of NFL teams, disrespecting the United States of America, by taking a knee, during the playing of our National Anthem.
Of all times, of all things...during the playing of our National Anthem!
We hoped beyond hope that it would not go any further - but it did
We hoped beyond hope that no one from our team would go there - but they did
We hoped beyond hope that those in charge would tighten up the reins and put an end to such an ugly and despicable spectacle - but they did not
Members of teams whom many of us have loved, cheered for and followed, since we ourselves were young kids, had players from our favorite teams, follow suit.
Teams we've stuck with through thick and thin, good times and bad, through wonderful winning seasons, through the stressful, struggling, losing seasons, because that's what fans do!
When all of this began in 2016, with Colin Kaepernick, many thought that the disrespectful display of one lone, bitter, has-been of a player, taking a knee during the playing of our National Anthem, was a fleeting thing.
That it was nothing more than a ploy, as he struggled with his own personal lackluster performance and needed the focus to be placed elsewhere!
We believed he would be properly dealt with; a ‘time out’ at the very least, preferring a firing, but nothing was done.
One year later, on 9/24/17...
it became crystal clear to the Nation, that it had not been properly dealt with, far from it.
It was festering and turning the worst kind of ugly, with no end in sight
For many of us, this had all gone far beyond us being sickened and disgusted by it.
It angered us to the point of turning off and tuning out our favorite game, our favorite sport, our favorite pastime!
We turned off and tuned out, in droves!
Kids were watching too and they respond to what they see and what they hear, that which is in front of them, in this case, their role models and heroes.
We knew that things had gone way too far, when we saw America's future and the future of football collapsing right before our eyes.
Very young Pop Warner kids, began acting out and mimicking their heroes, by taking a knee, during the National Anthem, at the start of youth football games!
It made me cry the first time I saw this happen
Right before our eyes, we were witnessing an undoing of love of country, of patriotism, of one of the only things that has always bonded us and brought us together!
Young children refusing to see America, as worthy of their respect, worthy of their attention, worthy of their time...even if only for a brief moment in time.
What did these kids learn from these men, these sports figures, their role models, when their role models made the decision to do this?
What statement has been made by their kneeling, sitting, pacing, choosing to disrespect our Country, via a blatant shun of our National Anthem?
Is the playing of our National Anthem not a time for reflecting upon the freedom we hold so dear?
A time for remembering the sacrifices of those today and of so many whom have come before, who keep us free?
A small amount of time, set aside, to recollect all that we have here and all that we have overcome?
Not because we have a gun to our heads and are forced to do so by some mad, power hungry, murderous Dictator, but rather because...we don't!
Because we are protected from such a thing!
Due to the selfless sacrifice of the many brave, over many decades, and this is how they are repaid?
The brave, come in all colors, races, ethnicity and religions, they have lost limbs, many are bilateral amputees.
Many have lost their eyesight or their hearing.
Many have lost their marriages and relationship and as a result, their way.
Many have lost their lives!
All in defending that glorious flag, the inspiration behind our National Anthem, which belongs to all of us, to all Americans!
Those wishing to make a statement about what they see, as unfair treatment in America, have many choices, after all, this is the United States of America.
Their many avenues include:
Holding a press conference
Going before Congress with a list of their grievances
Writing an op-ed
Hitting the talk shows, making the case
Not participating in the NFL or any sport which makes them feel oppressed
On the turf, in a uniform, doing what so many kids dream about, in the presence of their fans, including impressionable children....
in the presence of our heroes, those who truly, put it all on the line, is not the time, nor the place!
By doing this, they disrespect their fan base, this Country and all that have fought, all that are fighting and especially those that fought and ended up losing their lives in the process.
The players that choose to do this, do not accomplish a single thing; they’ve lost support, they’ve lost lifelong fans and they've given their teams and the sport itself, a bad name.
The NFL has suffered tremendously and the powers that be within the NFL, did not help matters, with their complete lack of urgency, in nipping this in the bud.
Whether you want it or not, whether you've asked for it or not, you play a vital role in many kid's lives, they are always watching and learning from their elders, especially their heroes
Will they grow up realizing that here in the United States of America, the horizon is wide and their opportunities vast or will they grow up with a giant chip on their shoulder
Will they look at you and say "I can do that, I'm disciplined, I'm capable" or will they look at you and say "Why should I even bother, my hero doesn't?"
They are looking to you, many have no love or support in their homes, you are all they have and it doesn't matter if you accept that, it is a fact!
Self-imposed boycott of the NFL
When this initially started with Colin Kaepernick, I was so turned off, but hung in there, hoping for the best. I believed him to be a privileged brat and nothing more.
I thought it would blow over, but then, things went from bad to worse.
It was at this time that I made the decision to boycott NFL games, I didn't make a big deal out of it and I did not ask anyone to join me.
It was a personal decision!
In addition to what I saw as blatant disrespect toward this Country and toward all that defend her, past and present; I also thought about the impact that this defiant act was having on kids and the domino effect created…
Sports figures are role models and the young and impressionable are always watching and observing.
When Colin Kaepernick decided that he would make a statement by taking a knee during the National Anthem, I too made a decision, I too made a statement, by tuning him and all of football, out
It really had hit a nerve with me, as I know it did with many!
When others followed his lead and it began to spread throughout the league, into other sports, eventually making its way into youth sports, it angered me!
With each new preseason, many players, were still making the decision to sit it out, take a knee, huddle up.
Once again, turning their backs on America, during the National anthem, therefore turning their backs on their fans, it just became too painful to watch.
It was at this time that something began to fill the void left wide open; the Marxist backed, Marxist endorsed, BLM emblems and logos, were suddenly everywhere, in all of sports.
Although I wasn't watching any longer, it was hard not to hear about it or come across the images...
The majority of us never thought that such an inappropriate display could or would ever happen here, in the sports arena, but it did!
We never expected the vacuum created to be filled by a Marxist movement, but for a time, it seemed as if all of sports was!
We prefer for America's game to be just that - a game!
No politics, no statements...just fair play and sportsmanship!
A time when we the fans, put the stress and strain of the week behind us, fire up the grill, put our kids and our grand kids into the jersey of what we hope will some day be, their favorite team.
With our friends and family, we simply enjoy one of our favorite pastimes, rooting for our favorite teams, for our favorite players, having some fun with rivalries and wagers!
I tuned back in this past regular season and was pleasantly surprised to see the American flag on players helmets in lieu of the Marxism embracing BLM logos.
I have not noticed any of these offensive logos on billboards or in other places of prominence.
If they are still around or if players are still kneeling and disrespecting this Country, I am not seeing it.
It is not being crammed down our throats and that's a very good thing.
We must keep it all about the sport; never again allowing politics to enter in, nearly destroying it.
Never again allowing for it to used for the purpose of disrespecting and devaluing our Country or the tried and true, loyal, football fan!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 A B Williams
A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 27, 2020:
Thanks Dale for taking the time to read and comment.
This article has been revised more than anything else I’ve ever written. It started out with kids in mind. Kids are always watching, always following what adults do and these athletes seem oblivious to that fact or don’t care. Then, it wasn’t just Colin K. taking a knee, others joined in. My team, the Miami Dolphins, joined in.....youth sports joined in and it was all downhill from there, COVID-19, Marxist BLM rising.....inserting themselves into all sports.
Too late for the kids who choose athletes as their heroes! Too late for sports. Too bad for those of us who love sports, but love our Country more!
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 26, 2020:
I've spent my life traveling the world over and there is one thing that is always the same wherever I go and that is that people LOVE sports. The bug never bit me personally but everyone I know will happily sit for hours and talk about their favorite teams and how they are doing. I bet this hub article will get lots of attention for you.