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JJ Watt Appreciation

Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
Because, after 10 years of staying above the noise he decides to go to this guy's funeral, start talking about taking knees and going after fans with "its not about the flag!" ****. Don't know who you're referring to by "they" as if I belong to any discernable group of people in your mind. Pretty sure I've made that clear over the years.



So yeah, he is. Perhaps to "back his teammates," perhaps to look empathetic for his image considering his previous "ties" to pro military, pro police things, perhaps preemptively because he knew the mob would come after him for "Being silent! You're complicit!" perhaps to set himself up to be accepted in his post-playing career, who the hell really knows why.

He can do whatever he wants. But it's kowtowing. And he better know that he's taking a major risk pissing off the people who have backed him so wholeheartedly for such good reason over his career, because everyone knows the people he's bending to will throw him away whenever he's no longer convenient, just like they do for everyone else.

But whatever. His life and career I guess.

Also, motherfuck California.
Dang we’re being a little bit too much on this particular topic. He went after one fan not fans. Bump the fact that that one fan not fans went after him first.

You over thinking things bud. I highly doubt he’s kowtowing lol but if you say so. Why don’t you go after him on Twitter and tell him to stop kowtowing. Just might make you feel better.
 
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TheMatrix31

Hall of Fame
Dang we’re being a little bit too much on this particular topic. He went after one fan not fans. Bump the fact that that one fan not fans went after him first.

You over thinking things bud. I highly doubt he’s kowtowing lol but if you say so. Why don’t you go after him on Twitter and tell him to stop kowtowing. Just might make you feel better.
I'm good. Don't need to chase anyone over Twitter. People are free to do what they'd like.
 

Texian

Hall of Fame
Then take a knee when introducing players, walk out of the tunnel with blindfolds, take a knee during the coin toss.

Stand to allegiance, as one nation during the national anthem.
I'll do you another, most fans turn to sports as an escape from all of the day to day BS during the week. If you want to protest, march in a BLM protest march. There are a lot of different and better ways to make your voice heard.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
How about this novel idea .. how about the NFL and the rest of the sports leagues STOP politicizing and spreading nationalist vibes before the game?? It wasnt done prior to 2009 and the military forces incentivizing the feat for the league. Its all so grandiose for nothing and I bet many didnt even know that the big issue stems from capitalism and not patriotism.

https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/116/34/16793/F1.medium.gif

The National Football League's new policy requiring all team and league personnel to "stand and show respect for the flag" during the traditional pre-game playing of the national anthem is being painted by its backers as a show of patriotism. But the league's history with the national anthem illustrates another cherished American value: capitalism.

As ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and others have pointed out, NFL players have only been on the field for the anthem on a regular basis since 2009. At the time, sports leagues were paid millions of dollars by the U.S. Department of Defense to honor members of the military during the playing of "The Star-Spangled banner" without informing the public that they were watching a paid promotion.

A report released in 2015 by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake found that the Pentagon spent $6.8 million on sports marketing contracts with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer on what the senators dubbed "paid patriotism." The practice was subsequently banned by the Pentagon.

"Since the Army National Guard marketing policy with sporting event packages was clarified and corrected, please understand [that] National Guard soldiers on the field before, durin, or after sporting events are completely separate from the marketing initiatives," Kurt M. Rauschenberg, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, wrote in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. "Generally, these are considered community relations programs involving the team reaching out to the local National Guard asking for them to conduct honor guard, flag unfurling, or fly-overs. Those are of no extra cost to the government and very normal."

The national anthem protests began in 2016 after San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racism and police brutality. Soon, other players followed Kaepernick's lead, creating a public relations headache for the NFL, which is by far the most popular and profitable U.S. professional sports league. Conservatives including President Donald Trump said they were outraged by the protests.

The drama over the national anthem is far from over. A co-owner of the New York Jets has promised to cover any fines of players violating the league's policy

Meanwhile, Kaepernick remains unemployed. Earlier this year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing owners of colluding against him to prevent him from being signed to another team. The NFL has denied any wrongdoing. Critics of the NFL player protests have argued they were responsible for a decline in NFL ratings this season though the league has a host of problems that are also depressing viewership.
 


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