The NFL has been in a major decline thanks to the ongoing protests that many players have been carrying out. It all started last year when Colin Kaepernick started the trend and took a knee during the national anthem. Since then the NFL has seen the majority of players protesting in one form or another.
In an effort to compromise, the NFL decided to invest millions of dollars into social justice causes important to African-American communities. That includes $89 million being contributed to both national and local projects over a seven-year period. The league hopes that the players will end their protests during the national anthem. However, there is no written agreement that it will happen the way the league hopes.
This past Sunday you may have seen players wearing cleats with causes important to them printed on the apparel. Tennessee Titans wide receiver Richard Matthews had himself a nice shiny pair of shoes to wear in today’s game against the Houston Texans on the NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” day.
Matthews has been particularly active in the protests and decided to show his support for Colin Kaepernick. The inscription reads “KAEPERNICK” and “Know Your Rights Camp” which is the Black Panther themed youth camp sponsored by the prophet.
Titans WR Rishard Matthews will use Week 13's My Cause My Cleats campaign to support Colin Kaepernick. (via rishardmatthews/IG) pic.twitter.com/Ufk80Kjys3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 29, 2017
Matthews was likely disappointed when he was unable to get onto the field with his special fruit boots, the Titans listed him as inactive for the game due to a hamstring injury – OUCH!
The idea behind the promotion was to promote charities, not a cult of personality, and things worked out very well to keep Matthews off of the field with his freakish pair of shoes.
The protests however continued with a smattering of players showing they aren’t going to let the NFL’s $89 million reparations package to black anti-cop, anti-Trump organizations impede their ongoing beef with the flag and the troops.
According to The Hill:
NFL player protests continued during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s early games, despite a league agreement to fund player activism efforts.
At least 20 players demonstrated during or after the national anthem on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. Three players for the San Francisco 49ers and three Miami Dolphins players took a knee during the anthem before the teams’ respective games.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser knelt for the first few verses of the national anthem, then stood for the rest, as he has done previously this season.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who has stayed off the field for the anthem before, was inactive on Sunday, but did not appear on the field prior to the game.
Three other Titans players raised their fists over their heads after the song concluded.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who drew criticism directly from President Trump earlier this season, sat during the national anthem on Sunday, as he has all season.
New York Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon knelt for the anthem on Sunday, which he has done all season.
Seven Seattle Seahawks also sat or knelt during the national anthem on Sunday ahead of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the AP.
Offensive lineman Duane Brown knelt during the anthem, while the other players remained seated on the bench.
NFL players have protested social justice issues, such as police brutality, since the 2016 season, either kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem. The issue was brought into the spotlight again in September when President Trump suggested those taking a knee should be fired.
Players have been spotted protesting each week since Trump’s remarks.
Trump has continued his criticism of the league for allowing the protests to continue without punishment.
The NFL reached an agreement late last week to provide nearly $90 million for causes deemed important by players, with a special focus on issues facing African-American communities.
The NFL is doing everything to get their fans back. They know how far the league has fallen and realize that if they continue to allow the players to disrespect the country and our flag, the league won’t be around much longer. What they really need to be doing is to charge a fine to any player who kneels. That will end up stopping the protests. The players seem to have forgotten why they are playing in the first place. What do you think?