Thursday’s season opener with the Eagles and Falcons was a bit of a doozy and ended with the Super Bowl Champs winning as Matt Ryan couldn’t score at the end of the game. There was no national anthem controversy that night, and the Philly Eagles weren’t much of a “take a knee” team last year anyway. They actually like America!
Fast-forward to the NFL’s week one Sunday matchups and we already have two players down on one knee. They weren’t proposing to each other, but they surely were protesting during the national anthem. How rude!! Didn’t they learn their lesson over the last two seasons of dwindling statistics?
The first players to take a knee this year are from the Miami Dolphins. It was their wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson. Right before they squared up with the Tennessee Titans, the pair dropped to a knee during the national anthem and here’s the embarrassing picture of them.
Quick question – where were these guys during the off-season? Does anyone remember any football players protesting during the summer? Or is this just something they do when it’s during a game and they get some news headlines out of it? Is this attention seeking behavior or what?
Didn’t the NFL owners approve a rule that stated all players must stand or stay in the locker room during the anthem? Oh, that’s right, there was a backlash and the rule is technically on hold according to TMZ Sports.
Will Stills and Wilson face any consequences for taking a knee? We shall wait and see.
NFL ratings weren’t looking good and the opener with the Eagles and Falcons wasn’t much of a good game except for when Nick Foles caught another “Philly Special.”
Both Still and Wilson also took a knee during the preseason and stated they’d continue to do so during the regular season.
President Trump fired off a tweet bashing the NLF. He stated “Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!”
Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018
The Miami Dolphins were a miserably 6-10 last year. You would think they had more important things to work on, like practicing football and becoming winners again. I guess taking a knee is what some of them know best.
It’s a shame. They are losing ratings and don’t seem to care. How will the league continue paying millions if they lose money because fans don’t care about the sport anymore?
At some point, the league or individual teams might lose enough money that the players might have to take pay cuts. I bet the players stand up really fast if their money is affected.