Commonsense isn’t Common Practice

Commonsense isn’t Common Practice

I was extremely disgusted to read and watch last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell state that President Trump’s recent comments about players kneeling during the national anthem were  “divisive” and showed a “lack of respect” for the pro football league and its players.

Picture: Roger Goodell, Commissioner of NFL

I was  also totally appalled to hear Hillary Clinton  saying that the player protests that have spread across the league, “demonstrate in a peaceful way against racism and injustice in our criminal system.”  She added that President Trump’s tweets denouncing players who kneeled during the anthem were “very clear dog-whistles” to his base, implying an appeal to anti-black racism.

In my opinion, Hillary needs to just stay out of the way on the ‘NFL front’, be quiet and prepare for her Uranium One, Russian Collusion investigation. E.g. The massive donations she and Bill Clinton received from selling 20% of US uranium to Putin/Russia in the Uranium One scandal while she was Secretary of State under Obama. E.g. Transferring control of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits to a Russian company was a quid pro quo exchange and was just FRAUD and must now be investigated by DOJ, FBI, CIA and President Trump now!

(Note: As, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, involving the transfer of U.S. uranium reserves to the new Russian owners of an international mining operation in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.  That’s why she isn’t needed or wanted in the NFL discussion today!)

Then, Roger Goodell went on to elaborate further, saying ‘”Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

I fully support President Trump when he retorted, ‘“We’re proud of our country, we respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b—h off the field, right now, out? He’s fired.”

Besides just the right and proper etiquette, which all Americans proudly learned while attending Junior High and High School in New York.

I am appalled that Roger Goodell and the NFL allow and agree Mainstream Media e.g. Fake News Networks to continue the ‘false claims’ and misleading media reports that give the impression that police are killing African-Americans at a rate greater than they are killing whites.  The facts simply dispel this statement.

In fact, research highlights the following points:

  • Blacks have good relations with police they deal with in their neighborhoods.
  • A study last year by Harvard Economics Professor Roland Fryer, (who is black), concluded that for the Houston police department: “On the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.” 
  • A July 2017 poll in New York City found that blacks strongly support the cops in their own neighborhoods – 62 percent approve compared to just 35 percent who disapprove. That rating is 11 percent higher than blacks give the New York City Police Department as a whole.
  • In a new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that when a white officer kills a suspect, the media usually mention the race of the officer. This is rarely true when the officer is black.
  • In July 2017, a Quinnipac University poll in New York City found that blacks strongly support the cops in their own neighborhoods – 62 percent approve compared to just 35 percent who disapprove. That rating is 11 percent higher than blacks give the New York City Police Department as a whole, where perceptions are far more likely to be influenced by media reports.
  • A Crime Prevention Research Center study shows – blacks were 9 percentage points more likely than whites (54 percent to 45 percent) to report a crime to the police. Blacks are 16 percent more likely than Hispanics and 12 percent more likely than Asians to report a crime. 

I personally agree we must always stand and celebrate for America. President Trump is not a ‘traditional’ career Politician like most the senior Senators and Congressmen in Washington DC Swamp – he speaks from the heart. I so appreciate it that our President is not always politically correct but gets things done!

Best yet, our POTUS today is: passionate, charismatic, tremendously big hearted, fights daily for our country, he wants ‘small government’, his patriotism, his desire to break up and stop the Progressive-Islamic alliances globally, strong belief in Judeo-Christian morality, his love of The Constitution and is unashamed about the influence his Christian faith has in his life.

Why all Americans should stand for the Anthem?

For generations American children, starting before World War 2, Americans have always respected and followed The Flag Code, by that I mean: The Flag Code which covers all aspects of etiquette in relation to the ‘Stars and Stripes’, including how to behave when the anthem is played.

Importantly, up until Colin Kaepernick started kneeling, the code was never enforced, however, and there is no punishment for breaching it – it was always assumed it was in respect for the fallen warriors, we all understood authority and Stars and Stripes was the symbol for Freedom, Unity and the United States of America.

Picture: Colin Kaepernick assuming his position e.g. Knee

I was especially incensed by watching Kaepernick wear ‘pigs’ on his socks and even publicly endorsing Fidel Castro (Cuban communist revolutionary and politician) on game-day.

Picture: Members of the Baltimore Ravens kneel during the national anthem. (I don’t think they even know why they are kneeling!)

The flag code states that all persons present are expected to stand and face the flag, if there is one raised. Civilians should stand to attention with right hand over heart, while military personnel in uniform and veterans should salute throughout. In fact, a recent amendment to the code said that military personnel out of uniform could also salute.

President Barack Obama famously neglected to put his hand over his heart during the 2008 election campaign. He explained his mistake by saying his grandfather taught him to do this only during the pledge, and to only sing during the anthem.

On the balcony of the White House, President Trump needed a prompt from his wife Melania when he forgot to put his hand on his chest, but he quickly recovered and is always highly respective to his military! 

National Anthem Etiquette in Sports & NFL

A long-standing tradition in both the NFL and MLB (and at All American High Schools and Universities) is and has been common game day ritual, to proudly sing the national anthem. (Prior to the start of any sporting event, is singing the National Anthem. )

Once again, according to the United States Flag Code, “When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.” Unless a military member in uniform, citizens should stand at ‘salute’ by placing their hand over their heart, facing the American Flag.

The Star-Spangled Banner – first verse

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Picture: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin set a good example of how his team should pay tribute during the National Anthem’s, facing the American Flag and saluting.

On a positive note, I was extremely proud and supportive last season when I saw, Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey publicly made it clear how proper etiquette for the singing of the National Anthem is necessary to show respect for the flag and those who fought for it. He criticized several Houston Texan players for not putting their hand over the heart as the National Anthem was performed.

In conclusion, I am so happy President Trump is urging Pro America supporters to sign a petition declaring that they believe in standing for the national anthem — his latest effort to put pressure on the NFL over players who kneel in protest during the anthem.

But, as Roger Goodell has now stated on numerous occasions this year – “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.” But, Goodell secretly revised his rule

about Standing for the National Anthem in 2014 in his ‘Game Operations Manual’ (probably due to Kaepernick Kneeling) 

Picture: copy of the 2014 edition of the game operations guide thanks to court records from the lawsuit over the Tom Brady suspension. 

With falling revenue numbers, TV ratings sliding, most Americans siding with President Trump’s stance – I am positive NFL stakeholders will be forced to ‘fire’ Roger Goodell at some point soon before he has poisoned the business and NFL too much!

Importantly, recently President Donald Trump continued his ongoing feud with the NFL and some of its players’ national anthem protests. And, the president is taking a new angle and targeting the league’s tax status. President Trump even warned that he might go after the league’s tax breaks! Look at this recent Tweet below:

Picture: “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump tweeted 

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Finally, we live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, for a few hours every week. I believe the current ‘NFL/Kneeling dispute’ over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country. I sure pray Roger Goodell and his shareholders quit moving in this divisive direction.


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