AUSTIN, Texas – With all of the recent fuss over the national anthem, it has now become apparent that the controversy is likely to permeate into almost any event where the anthem is played. It seems now you cannot watch a football game on TV, or at your local high school, without seeing blatant disrespect for our nation’s anthem.
On Friday, September 29th, cheerleaders from McCallum high school in Texas, kneeled during the national anthem before their school’s football game. It does not appear that any of the girls will face any consequences for disrespecting one of our nations most sacred symbols, which is on trend for almost all of the anthem protesters who have yet to face any sort of official punishment for their actions.
This is in light of a very tumultuous week in American politics and sports where we saw the President take on one of the largest organizations in the U.S., and called on NFL managers and owners to fire any player that sits during our nation’s anthem. In a speech to his supporters at a rally for now defeated Senate candidate Luther Strange, President Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired.’”
Given the results of recent polls, it would appear that Trump’s opinion on the controversy is actually in line with most Americans. In a survey published by ESPN; it was found that 51 percent of respondents disagreed with the protests. In addition to this, a CBS survey found similar results; 52 percent of respondents were opposed to the protests. Since this controversy has blown up again, many Americans have just decided to tune out the nonsense.
On Twitter this past week, countless football fans took to burning the jerseys of players who kneeled, while some just simply said they are done watching. This will only add more problems to the NFL’s growing list of them, ratings for the league have already been following a downward trend, and after this recent controversy, it’s likely that trend is only going to get worse.
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