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Local Residents Say Boycott the NFL After Players Take a Knee, Some Call to Publicly Burn NFL Merchandise

REGIONAL – Since election night 2016, when Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States, nearly everything he says or “tweets” makes the following day’s top news headlines. The once beloved billionaire and television entertainer is now referred to as “Hitler incarnate” by most Liberals, especially those with a stage, pulpit or playing field.

Everything from hand gestures to haircuts has sparked outrage by those who hate the President and his constituents, and in recent months, even inanimate objects like raw cotton, Confederate Monuments and Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup has triggered outrage, protests and violent confrontations.

Since 1931, when the United States adopted the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem, U.S. Citizens have revered the patriotic tear-jerking song as beautiful reminder of past wars, heroic sacrifice, and loyalty to a country like no other in the world. But that has all changed and the National Anthem, like the American Flag, have become symbols of hate and divisiveness by a new generation of anarchists, activists, and those who believe disrespecting the United States is just a form of free speech.

Many believe former San Francisco 49ers quarterback – now free agent – Colin Kaepernick was the first to disrespect the Anthem but a similar protest occurred in 1968, when two Black U.S. Olympians, Tommie Smith and John Carlos held their fists in the air during the playing of the National Anthem, after they received the gold and bronze medals for the 200-meter dash.

Disappointed in the growing number of National Football League Players taking a knee, President Trump stated during a rally in Alabama on Friday, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” The President’s comments only seemed to fuel the flames of NFL players, and today, dozens of players from nearly every organization either took a knee or stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem.

We spoke to Denver Bronco fans, Ron and Jennifer Dillon, who were disturbed by the show of disrespect but said they wouldn’t stop watching the game. “I watch football because I enjoy the game… Whatever their politics, world views, opinions – I may not agree, disagree – I don’t care. All I care about is when the whistle blows, do your job,” said Ron.

Jennifer says, “I feel the employers (NFL Owners) should stop it. If they want to make a stand and make a political statement, they should do it on their own time.”

Both believe President Trump’s comments were out of line and is probably what led to even more protests during today’s NFL games. I asked if they thought the NFL would suffer for defending their player’s right to protest. Ron believes the owners “Live on a different level than most of us and are concerned over a possible mutiny by some minority players.”

Ron referred to a recent story, where a little league football team took a knee during the National Anthem, and says, “I hate to see an 8th grade team kneeling for the national anthem – I am completely against that, and I would pull my son from a team in a minute, because that man’s views should not be projected on the youth.”

RNRF received a huge response from our viewers when we asked what they thought about the growing protests. Gary Pickering responded with “Maybe it’s time to have a burn the Bucs and NFL gear rally.” Amy Smedley said, “We will no longer watch any NFL or any other paid football leagues. If you can’t respect the country that made you rich then go where you can respect the country. This is just GREED!” Rochelle Jahn disagrees with a boycott and says, “I don’t agree with kneeling but I don’t agree with the boycott. That’s the beauty of America. It’s called the freedom of speech.”

Some viewers say the focus of protest should be against the inner-city gang violence and not against President Trump. Suzanne Giles says, “Gang violence- exactly. So why doesn’t the players use their money to help. Educate. Reform. Etc. The violence & drug addictions that is the root of the problem?”Even Hernando County Commissioner, Steve Champion, spoke out on the issue and tells RNRF, “My son is an active duty U.S. Marine and for spoiled millionaire babies to disrespect the men and women who fight for this country is a disgrace.” Champion further stated,  “I believe the leadership of the NFL should enforce rules that demonstrate respect for our country. I have been an avid fan of football my entire life and this the first day that I didn’t not watch a minute of football.”

Although the overwhelming majority were outraged over the demonstration, some, like Abigail Hollis Gray say, “I agree with their stand on free speech. It may seem like it is about race and partially it might be. Women’s rights being eroded, children’s education being eroded, health care being eroded. “Freedom and justice for all” does not exist. Yes, kneel until the gov. gets it. Freedom of speech is not just for words “you/me/them/they/whomever might agree with it is also the freedom to express opinions that are not popular.”

Disrespecting the Flag and the National Anthem to protest what some believe is a new rise in white supremacy is something that many say crosses the line of free speech.

Only time will tell how much damage has been done to both the National Football League and American race relations.

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  • If only white america were as outraged about nazis killing a woman at their rally as much as they are about black athletes protesting against police brutality.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 6:09 pm
    • The GOP has an amazingly strong spin machine. Just look at the people on here defending Trump’s stuff without even understanding what they are talking about!!

      The GOP regularly defies our best intentions, but throw out straw-man arguments about “socialism” “take your guns” and now we have a president who is so crazy and lies so constantly, that it almost seems normal.

      There is no way a man kneeling for the anthem should happen, but it’s happening due to the whacked out right-wing, we never do anything wrong attitude so many people in the country have.

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1:16 pm
  • Not to worry…Kim Dung Un is about to annihilate most of us anyway (so he says), and then the survivors get to eat a spoon of dirty rice a day and wear big hats!

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 3:24 pm
  • This local resident says it is unlawful to force anyone to pledge to the flag. Let’s focus on helping Puerto Rico and not calling world leaders “Rocketman” and threatening North Korea.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:32 pm
    • K, you are sooo comfused, They knelt in protest when the our National Anthem was sung and when they flew the Stars and Stripes ( FLAG). No one was saying the PLEASE OF ALLIGIANCE. Sorry for you. They did this because they are protesting how they perceive the BLACK AMERICANS ARE BEING TREATED BY POLICE and there you go. DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE PLEASE OF ALLEGIANCE? DOUBTFUL. Take their kneeling butts down to SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO AND DO SOME GOOD, I say they are a bunch of Rich cowards and following in HOLLYWOODS foot steps. ĢO Nascar only ones with a brain and loyalty to this wonderful country!!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 4:16 pm
    • K, PRESENT TRUMP IS HELPING PUERTO RICO, AS FOR ROCKET MAN HE IS DIABOLICAL IDIOT AND AT LEAST HE ISN’T DRAWING LINES IN THE SAND LIKE OBUMMER DID. THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DIDN’T DO MUCH EXCEPT TO CREATE THIS MESS AND DIVIDED THIS COUNTRY IF YOU LIKE ROCKET MAN SO MUCH, GO ON OVER AND SEE HIM., BYE BYE😃

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 4:27 pm
    • Yeah, for real. I thought kneeling was a sign of respect anyway.

      Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:08 am
  • So I truly believe that their protests are misplaced. They have taken a few highly publicized (and misrepresented) events have used to to lay blame in the wrong place. They look to look no further than their own community to identify the problems. They have leaders (Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson) who have done nothing but pad their own lifestyles while the black community has continued to suffer do to inaction and carelessness by their “leaders”. At what point so these “leaders” and communities take responsibility and work to clean up the real issues instead of blaming other for their ills?

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:39 pm
  • While people bicker and fight over such things, corporations are robbing us of our health and dignity. Bribing politicians and passing, sneaking certain things through bills to become laws. I just sit back and watch our freedom erode away while people are distracted.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 6:54 am
  • There are a lot of jealous people on here, to the fact that these players are making millions of dollar while they sit in the county barely making minimum wage.

    Some of you are undereducated, blind and lack empathy, therefore you’ll NEVER understand the true statement of those players kneeling.

    And since you r petty, under educated and self destructive … please go ahead and burn your fan memorabilia , you refusal to attend a game will not hurt them. In fact , it gives the rest of us a laugh knowing , once again you vote against your own interests.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 6:50 am
    • Um they dont understand why there taking a knee DANA…..Obama built that and righteous people like you.. See what you wrote its ok for them but our opinion we are dumb and blind your just a sick person. Have a great day watch for rain so you dont drown….👆🍉💩❄❄❄

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 3:24 pm
      • It’s your words that demonstrate blind support. If you don’t want to be thought of as dumb, then you should read – even just a little.

        The Trump and flag lemmings are upset because they apparently never learned what real respect is.

        Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 3:46 pm
  • It’s about getting back to the basics. Trump is Trump, we the people voted him into office and those protesters are just that protesters it’s the same game and fight folks just a different forum and different day. As much as everyone is wanting to be heard, no one is listening, not really anyway. Wake up America, before there is no America left, we’ve come so far only to take 100 steps back…it’s a shameful day for all of us.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:50 pm
  • Many things go on in this country that I don’t like and would want to protest but I certainly wouldn’t do it by creating a divide in the one thing we all used to stand together for. That just creates an even bigger divide. Surely anyone can see that. And for those of you who say it’s not about the flag, or the anthem, or the military is completely ignorant. Try telling that to the many families of soldiers who fought and died for that flag and see where you get. Complete DISRESPECT! There’s hundreds of ways to protest without blatantly disrespecting our veterans who give us the right to do so.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:46 pm
    • EXCELLENT = UNITED WE STAND , “EXCELLENT”

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:22 pm
      • Trump and the lemmings who blindly support him and “the flag” without understanding what America is about is more disrespectful than these NFL players.

        Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 3:43 pm
    • So, you think those individuals doesn’t have family members who served this country…. but I see you don’t have a problem with the leader name calling! Yesterday happened because of the presidents remarks toward a certain group of people. This country belongs to all of us, not just you’ll who think people should leave. If you’re so bothered why don’t you Leave!!!!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:03 am
  • Anyone who has been to an NFL game when the anthem is played will recall a few things. People are still milling around looking for their seats. Vendors are still selling their beer, dogs and trinkets. Lots of people texting, taking pics. Announcers, employees and fans make last minute bathroom breaks before the game starts. Based on the comments here, all of that is disrespectful, but no one seems to mind. However, when a black man takes a knee in quiet protest about racial issues in this country, the fans go nuts and cry for a boycott. Says a lot more about the fans than it does the players.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:42 pm
  • This is as funny as when people wanted to burn Beatles recordsn

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:31 pm
  • One word: BOYCOTT

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 4:07 pm
  • I believe that personal political opinions should not be brought into the workplace. Whether it’s me at my normal every day job or some high priced football player or even the president. I also believe in our freedom of speech. If you don’t want to stand, then don’t. Sit politely until it is over. There’s no need to make a statement in your workplace. You are being paid to be there to perform a job, not protest. Exercise your free speech on your own time or face getting fired. That’s what would happen to normal people at normal jobs. If you’re a celebrity – call a news conference, schedule a march or write an editorial. Give back to and engage with your community. Kneeling is a lazy way out anyway. If you’re the president, you should keep your personal opinion to yourself.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:49 pm
    • I also assume you are against players kneeling and praying during a game… you know, personal stuff at the workplace

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 4:19 pm
      • No, I didn’t say that. What I said was (first sentence): I believe that personal political opinions should not be brought into the workplace – your workplace should not be a platform for your political opinions.

        As for religion – praying can be accomplished without making a ‘statement’.

        It’s not about the physical act of kneeling. It’s about being on national television – on someone else’s dime – and making a personal and controversial statement that has nothing to do with the reason they are being paid to be there.

        For instance: I don’t think my boss would appreciate me using the office telephone to call a prayer line to pray for my mom or solicit people to rally behind a political candidate. I’m here to work for him, not further my own agenda. I would do that on my own time.

        FYI – I’m at lunch – on my own time.

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:20 pm
    • Kaepernick did donate $1,000,000

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:07 am
  • It time to get back to loving one another as a country this president is divisive. It not about NFL and the players these players are not protesting the “National Anthem” they are using this platform to protest how our president and people are being treated in this country.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:48 pm
  • as we all go back and forth about who is right and who is wrong we grow further and further apart as a united nation. Whats going to happen is it will get to the point that people are so angry about everything that we will be looking for an answer to reunite. At that point any Hitler type person((PUTIN?) (TRUMP??)may have a sound good resolution to it all and “POOF” gone is the UNITED STATES AND WE ARE THEN CONTROLLED BY A PERSON OR GROUP WHO TAKES EVERYTHING FROM US. Its headed that way. I cannot understand what happened to compromise. We better sit back and look at what we are doing to our country. Yes the world is laughing at you and me and the rest of us

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:23 pm
  • last 5 years police officers have killed more people then ms-13 gang members in the United states.we have a right to a fair trial not to be murdered.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:19 pm
    • Then tell them to stop resisting arrest and trying to harm law enforcement and others.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:47 pm
    • the criminals brought it on themselves so your study including ms-13 means nothing

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:57 pm
      • RS/Mlg296/ you better go re read up on many of those shootings. Shame your stupidity is that of the majority out there.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:16 pm
        • Some of them, maybe. Micheal Brown was a criminal who caused his own death. So was the breathe easy guy. Others were really bad, Castille for one.

          But comparing cops to MS-13 is beyond stupid anyway you slice it.

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:58 pm
    • Let me count the ways in which your post is moronic.
      1. There are 70-100 times as many police officers as there are MS-13 gang members. Try posting real numbers instead of making statements with no proof, like number of killings per officer/gang member
      2. Anyone MS-13 kills would be a murder, the vast majority of officer involved shootings are justified. Guess in your world legal vs illegal does not matter.
      3. MS-13 does not give anyone a fair trial. Only mention this since you brought it up.
      4. Just based upon one county, Suffolk in NY, where MS-13 have murdered 17 people since January of last year (July article so there may be more), MS-13 seems to kill more than police in counties where they are active. Judging by news reports I can find on police involved shooting in Suffolk, looks like their number is far less than MS-13. Once agin if you have some proof of what you said, post it.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:20 pm
  • why doesn’t anyone understand that they are protesting POLICE BRUTALITY not the military.the police are acting like there judge dredd.if they would stop murdering ppl mayb they would stand.stop being ignorant and be aware of this.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:11 pm
    • then tell them to cancel their law enforcmentn security and bus escorts.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:00 pm
      • RS inbred stupidity shines brightly again. One reason nothing can be accomplished is the inbred thinking like this. Way to show off your in breeding.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:17 pm
        • OMG FREE BIRD, most all your posts are about inbreds, I am sorry you MAYBE slept with your brother, father, cousin etc, sure messed up your brain. Move on, done deal now, Sleep well and don’t forget to kneel . Name should be SILLY GOOSEY LOOSEY!!!!

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:04 pm
  • I don’t buy a lot of NFL products but I will never buy anything that depicts a player (or a team) who has chosen to display disrespect to the United States flag or its anthem!

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:04 pm
    • Your a moron. They are not protesting the Flag or anthem. Or the military. You and many millions more need to stop breeding stupidity and ignorance. See past the color and see the reason and become educated and insightful. But please no more breeding.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:19 pm
      • Spoken like a true liberal! If you can’t have an intelligent discussion with someone of an opposing view just insult them, call them inbred or a racist…

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:42 pm
      • Dear Free Bird…
        I may be a moron but at least I know enough grammar to say you’re a nit-wit.
        Sincerely,
        SulfuricMist

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:06 pm
  • To me this controversy is getting out of hand. To me it was more about tradition. I see the people that are becoming irrational about our freedom of speech are, the ones that are being disrespectful are the ones that have all this money and to me are just being Spoiled Brats think they don’t need to respect anything. Its all about them anyway. We also cannot compare this to any form of freedom of speech and or rights of the Americans or our duties. Other people in other countries must be looking at us and laughing at how we are all turning against each other right now. Its sad to say we not worrying about what we really need to be worrying about. Americans are causing our own war.
    We need to start worrying about all of this crap and start worrying about the hungry, the sick, the homeless and so on.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:47 am
  • Someone call an whaaambulance for these poor poor millionaires. Stand up you fools because it’s this country and all who fought that allow you to make millions playing a game. If you don’t like it MOVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY. Oh thats right you won’t move because at the end of the day you make millions to play a game.

    Trump tells it like it is unlike the previous bafoon who did nothing but stir the pot and cause divide .

    Oh and they don’t like cops. Well guess what those cops provide security for you and escort your luxury team bus so you don’t have to stop at red lights.

    To the person that asked about people getting off the couch. Do you stand up everytime the anthems played wherever you are. If so remember that games in California start later so you may lose some sleep standing all night.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:53 am
    • “Trump tells it like it is”… you couldn’t be more brainwashed. He’s using emotion to get support so he can push through damaging policies. No successful democracy utilizes the Hoover econ plan.

      That’s right, we lag the industrialized world, largely due to regressive “conservative” polices; again no other country ahead of us is more conservative then we are.

      If you don’t want to look at facts, you therefore must hate America, and are much more disrespectful of our country and it’s people than some doofus kneeling.

      Faux News is bad for your brain and our country. It’s great for the uber rich, not so much for the rest of us.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:17 am
      • go watch cnn and fall for evertying they say.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:59 pm
        • Rs. Go to your KKK meeting and enjoy the rhetoric you stupid stupid in bred. Your a fool and a stupid one at that. Stop seeing color and see the truth out there. But wait then you can’t belong to the KKK and neo nazi groups can you.

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:22 pm
        • Typical nothing response from one of Trump’s groupies. Even Kraft, a Trump supporter and billionaire (he can actually afford so suffer GOP policies) called him out as stupid.

          Of course I don’t watch cnn or tv much at all. Not that it matters, but from your posts, it’s obvious you don’t read or question anything you watch.

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:48 pm
  • We fought for the right to dissent. Apparently many faux patriots who lack a frontal lobe forgot that basic fact.

    They also don’t seem to understand how poorly treated most black people are.

    Only a lemming can support Trump and his Hoover Econ plan at this point. Trump’s own words prove what a fraud he is – he can’t blame it on fake news, nothing like that.

    There is a simple reason we lag the industrialized world in standard of living. It’s because we are so gullible, believe in these faux patriotic notions and politicians instead of being fact-based.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:44 am
    • This isn’t about Trump! This is our flag,our country,our troops. Love him or hate him this isn’t about him!!!

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:17 am
      • It isn’t about the flag or country or troops. sigh so many stupid blind people out there.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:22 pm
      • He certainly tried to make it about him. He needs the attention. It’s about racial inequality.

        If you serve or served, this is what you were serving to protect. That is, if you were awake during school at all.

        Unfortunately, the snowflakes are upset because they didn’t learn much in school.

        Maybe you’re into forced patriotism? The history on that doesn’t look promising, our president is a moron and a big part of the problem.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:55 pm
  • Those players don’t respect the country that gives them a great life and great paycheck. Many countries would shoot them for less then that and certainly shoot or hang them for this disrespect . They don’t love this country they are all disgusting traitors and guilty of treason. Quit making excuses for them.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:37 am
    • WOW what a f’en moron you are. You have no clue or knowledge at all. So sad to be this stupid and have to live day to day.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:23 pm
    • I feel so sorry for you… you put all your trust in a flag and not GOD! Who are you to tell anyone to leave their country. If you’re so annoyed why don’t you pack up and go!!!!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:25 am
  • Boycott the NFL, and tell your friends.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:14 am
  • Our President wants to filter our Constitution and pick and choose what he approves of. I wish he would use his filter before opening his mouth and using language unbecoming of the highest office of the land. That said; too much attention is being given to this, let it be………….live and let live. If we get out of bed every morning looking for something to protest we sure won’t have much time to just live our lives.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:02 am
  • I don’t like football. I resent ANY spies figure earning more than the national debt to play a game. And I don’t understand people who will cut into a family budget to watch a bunch of spoiled adults running around after a ball. You either support the NFL, or you don’t. But these protests are not about the NFL, or race, or patriotism or, for thst matter, anything g new! This has been going on forcyears! Jackie Robinson protested injustice back in thev50s.
    This is,about a Toddler-in-Chief sitting in the Oval Office trying to steer the conversation away from his failed policies and ramping up his base.
    We had 3 Cat 5 hurricanes thst have devastated the country! Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as well as Barbuda and Dominica are destroyed! Mexico had 2 huge earthquakes within days if each other. N. Korea is thrwatenening us daily!!! These are the things a legitimate President should be focused on. Not whether or not some footall players chose to kneel.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:54 am
  • I think the problems that people don,t know how to get along .i fought for this country and any one who won,t stand for the National Anthem I do not have any respect for except the ones who can,t stand. If the President of the United States would think before he talks . He needs to listen to his self he’s not on tv anymore he works for the people and by the people . So start acting like a President . Not like a tv show

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:49 am
    • If really a veteran then you would know that this has nothing to do with that. its about what you served to fight for. FREEDOM and EQUALITY for all. But seems you don’t know what real freedom is. Re read this statement.
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
      Thats what you fought and served for not a anthem nor a flag, neither which are mentioned in any of our found documents.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:26 pm
      • Are you a veterans ,this has a lot to do with it I fought for my country and the flag for which it stands for .not to take a knee . If you don’t like it here don,t let the door hit you where the sun don’t shine ,leave

        Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 8:33 pm
  • Hit them in their pockets. Quit buying tickets and NFL stuff until it hurts. People who fight and die for this country don’t deserve this disrespect. And no matter how you slice bread it is still bread, tjis is disrespectful no matter how you try to explain it. Put their a$$es in Afghanistan or Iraq. Let them fight and lose limbs or eyes for the so called right to be disrespectful. Bunch of overpaid bastards.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:00 am
  • I served 25 yrs all active duty in the U.S. Army as a infantryman, I’ve served this country fought in three different wars. I retired in 2011 and I love this country what I don’t like is this president getting into sport I need for him run this country and find ways to stop this crazy dude in in North Korera. These protesters are disrespecting the flag they are tried of this president dividing our country no other president have say or did half the things this president have done. I was done with this guy when he told billy blank to grab women by their !!!!!!!

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:43 am
    • Have you noticed how the divided this country (our country) have been since this president took office.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:08 pm
      • OBUMMER DIVIDED THIS COUNTY FOR 8 LONGER YEARS.

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:07 pm
  • I will not watch either and dont buy anything they promote. Make them go to a military funeral…

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:31 am
    • Many of them have. Since you don’t know what it’s like to serve, I’m sure they know better than you. You don’t even, based on your obviously uninformed comments really understand what America is all about.

      It must be pretty depressing when an athlete protesting the flag has more credibility than a crybaby snowflake such as yourself!!

      And how about our president, doing more to disrespect America everyday than any of these athletes.

      SAD!!!

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1:20 pm
  • I don’t think,they are disrespecting at all they are simply trying to make a point. They worked hard to get into the NFL they didn’t just buy their way into it. They’re hard-working Americans just like the rest of us maybe you people should look at it that way. No they may not go and fight for our country but they’re still there for our entertainment think about it. I agree with what they’re doing so maybe president Trump should look at it that way too. They’re standing for what they believe in whether it’s kneeling for freedom of speech.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:29 am
  • Is it less patriotic to claim POW’s are not war hero’s, or to fake a bone spur in order not to serve your country than to exercise your first amendment rights?

    Do you have a problem with a player taking a knee and making a cross while looking upward as a personal expression on “company time” or is that OK because you agree with it…..

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:59 am
  • It has been 2 years since I have turned on the TV to watch a football game and no matter what happens with these over paid, under educated players that think there opinions count for something I will never watch a NFL game again. President Trump has hit the NFL hard as needed to be and these rich cry baby owners are now losing millions each week. Lets hope that the NFL goes all the way to the bottom. My heroes are all in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. God Bless America.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:55 am
    • I promise you, there are many educated , learned individuals in the NFL. Who would make you look illiterate!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:34 am
  • These players have a job to do, and that’s to play football, they are being payed good money to be on that field, (NOT TO PROTEST) But to play football, Go to your Job where you are payed and tell your boss your going to protest while on the Clock and see how far that gets you..No more NFL in our home until some respect is shown. God bless our Veterans, Police, Firemen and anyone else who keeps our country Safe and FREE!!!

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 5:23 am
  • Role models for what, my kids to look up to for what, NFL is no longer a family event, they are a bunch of whiners attempting to force there political views down the throats of the family’s watching. Here’s what we need to do, not only boycott the NFL but the proud sponsors as well, after all they are condoning these over paid, lack luster players. Once the cash flow takes a hit, we will see strict regulations on game day not what player is in jail for drugs, alcohol, assault on wives, girlfriends. Diamond ear rings down to there shoulders, gold chains to there waists and people are dying on our streets everyday because they cant afford to eat or get medicines, think about that.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 4:20 am
  • My family have been here since the 1600’s. They have fought and some died in every single war, including the Revolutionary but I still respect the Players right to free expression. They are not kneeling to disrespect our Armed Services, anthem or anything else but are very offended at what is happening in our country and Trump’s tweet. Trump talks of respecting our flag, anthem and country but I am appalled at his own lack of respect for the American people, having told many blatant lies. He can have his opinion and I’ll keep mine.

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:59 am
    • Really since 1600???

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:13 am
      • Yes James, the sixteen hundreds. 1620-1630’s .

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:18 pm
      • James you need to go back to History Class!!

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:23 pm
    • Very true, Trump’s behavior and his economic and health care proposals are much more destructive and disrespectful than anyone kneeling.

      But, he knows how gullible our fellow citizens are… just read the comments… even our local political leaders are confused as to basics of right and wrong.

      Trump is using this to ram his destructive policies down our throats.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:49 am
  • ” Ron and Jennifer Dillon, who were disturbed by the show of disrespect but said they wouldn’t stop watching the game. ” Sorry but it is people like you that contribute to a lot of the problems we have today!! For example …People complain when the price of something just keeps going up and up and up like Gas, Cable, cell phone bills, The price to get into one of these games or the $6.00 Pepsi or the $14.00 Beers but they bitch and cry about it but continue to pay or buy it anyway!!! No one is going to listen as long as there are more of these people other there then those that will actually do it! If more people would stand together for the good and right things maybe we could get back to some of the good ol days when people could afford to do more things and spread their money around and help this country get back on it’s feet. And Stop a lot of these “I’m Offended Cry babies” from trying stupid s**t like this. As for the Confederate Statues Crying Grow up!!!! It is part of the South’s Heritage and History If you don’t like it Move!!!

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:59 am
    • The President is 100% right. Kneeling during a public display of our flag, the world wide symbol of freedom is Total Disrespect. You don’t have a right to disrespect anyone. It is not the country that has committed crimes, it is individuals. Don’t disrespect me and feel I should have to put up with it. I will make you accountable for your actions. That’s the problem with the Black Community. Blacks are the only group that has refused to better themselves, ie; education, jobs, self esteem. No they want to hold on to that African label, They say they’re African Americans. They have Never been to Africa, their Mother and Father has Never been to Africa, Their Great, Great Grand Parents have Never been to Africa. They just do not want to give up the tie to slavery, It;s used to say you’re a racist if you don’t give me what I want. I’m black. NO Shit! anyone that looks at you knows your ancesters are from Africa. You don’t have to tell anyone. Most successful black people today do not look at themselves as being black. They know they are Equal to every American and can take advantage of the opportunities 95% of the other Americans do. Get off your sorry ass and doo something constructive.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:02 am
      • And to kneel in a Foreign Country, while standing for that country is the most disrespect they can give.

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:32 pm
    • You sound like the biggest crybaby of them all. The CSA lost the war for slavery. Why don’t you move somewhere where slavery is legal?
      I mean really, if you want to be part of the problem, don’t want to think, then get out!!!

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:01 am
      • Your not referring to me as the cry baby are you?

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:19 pm
        • Yes. Roger, I was referring to you as a snowflake crybaby. You’re welcome, based on the blatant jibberish of your post, I think that’s pretty generous.

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:51 pm
    • Hey Roger. If by “people like you” you mean small business owners that create jobs, give back to our community, and enjoy sports/movies/music/ for what it is (entertainment), than we are guilty as charged. As far as us “contributing to a lot of the problems we have today” that’s just an ignorant statement. I am offended by the actions of these players on many levels, but it’s a form of entertainment that I have enjoyed my whole life and will not give it up because of their “lack of ethics or lack of respect”. I will participate in the NFL Veterans Day boycott out of respect for our troops because we are ALL making a clear statement that day. And, for the record, I was a Trump voter. General statements are fine and respected Roger, but you made it personal. That was uncalled for.
      Ron Dillon

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:17 pm
  • I don’t see how this is disrespectful at all. The brave men,women et all who serve in the armed forces defend the constitution! The constitution says ‘free speech ‘. This is part of free speech. If you can stand by and allow white supremacy, the KKK, and all the hate groups to have free speech, but bulk at sports figures taking a knee….saying they are overpaid babies, blah blah … look to this president who calls them sons of bitches. That is the most disturbing thing of all!

    Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:00 am
    • Stupid is as stupid does.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 6:57 am
  • Our World Is A Sad Sad Place To Live This Day In Time…
    I feel sorry for our grand children’s Children to have to grow up here and Thankful that I want be around to witness what this world will be like . .
    Prayers for all …

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11:53 pm
    • Agreed

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:25 am
  • I have to wonder how many people commenting here get off their living room couch and stand for the anthem when it is played before the game.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11:50 pm
  • The whole thing is disgusting and disrespectful! Men and women, risk their lives everyday so these can make their millions!! If I were a coach, I would bench them and make them donate their paycheck to the military families, who’ve lost a love one.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11:43 pm
    • I like your Idea!!! Hey Owners Make them pay!!!

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:02 am
    • You should be more outraged that the government doesn’t do more to support homeless vets. How much of your money do you donate to military families? Im guessing none…..It’s sad we live in a world where its a bunch of sheep following a herd. Heck at this rate we might as well become the next north korea. Keep politics out of football? ok, but do note that boycotting the NFL for players protesting a continued problem in this country is in fact not keeping politics out of football. I also assume you weren’t saying keep politics out of football when trump made a statement regarding it. Or if its something you side with….. Who knew the truth would make so many people mad for the wrong reasons.

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 5:52 pm
  • Who cares about the NFL it has nothing to do with reality. The players make to much money. Think about it???

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11:06 pm
  • I won’t watch NFL crap anymore.
    They don’t want to be part of us.
    They like being separate, complain and bitch.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:37 pm
  • No more football in my house till they respect our country. Keep their political bs out of the game. What ever they do when they aren’t getting free tv coverage is their business. When they start standing…I’ll start watching again.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:24 pm
    • RIGHT ON! BOYCOT the NFL and NBA and the sponsors who put up with this trash. When the sponsors lose money they will dump these sorry Losers.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 7:06 am
  • I too am finished with the NFL. I did not watch my home town play in London today. However, I read that all those who knelt during the National Anthem stood when God Save the Queen was played.

    The left destroys everything it touches. I don’t attend movies anymore. On most topics, TV news can not be trusted. So I’ve crossed that out. Now sports.

    Look at the fine job our educational system is doing. For example, schools in Hernando County will be closed on Mar 30 2018 for “long weekend.” They don’t have the guts to say Good Friday. Schools will close beginning December 25 for “winter break.” Christmas is an official US Holiday. Yet the fine people running Hernando schools MUST be politically correct. Thanks again to the left.

    I believe the vast majority of people are offended when our country is not respected. I believe that hardly anyone is offended by Christmas or Good Friday. But the vast majority must bow to the few who are “offended.” So it goes, the NFL will soon be a fond memory.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:19 pm
    • Very True I agree

      Sunday, 24 September 2017, 11:48 pm
    • Oh so they didn’t want to offend the English people!!!! Then they should just stay there!!

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 1:06 am
    • LOL!! Your president and your “news” channel disrespect our country more than you know. Visit another country, they live better, have more economic freedoms, don’t have the BS of politicians like Trump, Ryan, McConenell.

      If you like Trump, it’s like saying you want ‘Merica to be more like Iran or some other 3rd world land. That is, if you understood economics at all. You aren’t paying attention to his policy proposal, you’re like a doggie who smells food. SAD!!

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 9:54 am
      • What country is that billy boy?

        Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:58 am
        • Take your pick… you have Canada, ranked higher by the Heritage Foundation’s site, we’re #4 on their list. You have Germany, Denmark, the UK, France, Australia all leading us in different areas. None are more conservative than us.

          Of course there’s Iran, other mid east countries, very conservative, religious, set up for the uber rich, not so much for us.

          Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:22 am
          • I have no answer for a ❄❄ but your answer says it all move then you think its better..

            Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 3:35 pm
            • Of course you don’t snowflake, that’s why you start arguments you don’t understand.

              You are part of the problem. Move to Iran!!

              Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1:17 pm
    • It is a long weekend off for everyone, if you celebrate Good Friday go right ahead, why would Jews, Muslims, etc celebrate Good Friday? Likewise winter break covers Hanukkah, Kwanaza, maybe a late St.Lucia festival. Christmas is not the only holiday.
      It is not about political correctness, it is about inclusion.

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 3:30 pm
    • Yes, stood for God Save the Queen, which is hilarious in itself as England is the ones that brought slavery to the free world.

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:28 pm
  • Good, glad to hear it. Who the HELL do they think they are, that they can disrespect our flag.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 10:15 pm
    • americans

      Monday, 25 September 2017, 4:34 pm
      • You tell em they are true American ..❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄💩💩💩💩💩💩💩🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉🍉

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 3:39 pm
  • Brainwashed football Fans care more about football then their country. Eff the NFL Don’t need it, never will need it. Get rid of Collage football too. That’s why it costs so much to go to College.

    Sunday, 24 September 2017, 9:52 pm

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