Despite EVERYTHING that happened in the last week and even after the worst possible ratings in their history, it doesn’t seem like there is a good improvement of the relation between the fans, the sponsors, and the league. NFL Commissioner Robert Goodell has just released a shocking statement that will convince the fans that they made the right decision when they called for a boycott. Goodell still doesn’t want to say what we all wanted to hear.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally spoken on the matter, making an announcement that’s pissing people off worse than what these entitled players are doing on the sidelines.
The commissioner had the opportunity to condemn the actions of these players but instead, put the problem on the fans who are furious about it. Rather than punishing the athletes who are abusing their platforms, Goodell is calling for Americans to be “more understanding” of what they are trying to say with their protests.
He drew the line and picked the wrong side when he had the chance to do something to truly unite the country and keep politics out of America’s favorite pastime.
New York Daily News reports:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says football fans should be more understanding when players protest the national anthem.
During a Q&A session with Cardinals season-ticket holders, Goodell was asked if he believes protests are “going to be another problem” this season.
“It’s one of those things where we have to understand that there are people who have different viewpoints,” Goodell said via ESPN. “It’s something that I think everybody wants. The national anthem is a special moment for me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment but we also have to understand the other side – that people do have rights, and we want to respect those.”
Goodell knows that this controversial stance is going to bring about some backlash and has apparently accepted that fact even though it’s a huge risk to the NFL.
Downtrend didn’t put it lightly what this exactly means for Goodall and the NFL:
“The league has invested a lot of resources into presenting itself as a patriotic organization over the years and has seen it all go up in smoke due to a small amount of oppressed multi-millionaires rallying around a locker room pariah as if he was Mohandas f*cking Gandhi,” Downtrend reported.
“There is going to be an immense backlash coming if enough black players choose to go rogue with some sort of ugly protest, strike or statement that further rubs raw the sores of racial discontent – or more precisely, rubs salt into the already raw sores that exist because of Kaepernick’s recalcitrance and Goodell’s incompetence.”
The commissioner put the final nail in the coffin for this football season with his acceptance of these protests and refusal to demand respect out of these guys who get paid millions to play a game. Many Americans aren’t afraid to protest as well and will do so by boycotting the NFL.
What’s your response to Goodell’s statement? Do you think he’s going to change his approach to this issue? Most of the hardcore NFL fans won’t be pleased with this decision, after everything we saw, Goodell’s still blaming the fans. According to the latest reports, NFL is becoming the least popular sport in the USA. This is extremely bad news for the NFL because it was considered the most popular sport among Americans.
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