Is The NFL Salute To Service Video An Apology From Roger Goodell?
With ratings slumping and attendance plummeting, the NFL released a new ad this week, as America celebrates Veterans Day. While the league has taken the time to thank military veterans in past years, this particular NFL Salute to Service ad raised eyebrows. Each of the players featured are supporters of the protests that have infuriated fans, causing millions to boycott the games. Let’s take a look at this piss-poor excuse for an apology to fans.
The video starts with a message from Doug Baldwin. I do not doubt the sincerity of his words. Baldwin supports the protests without engaging in the ridiculousness of wearing socks with pigs, or shirts of dictators, like Colin Kaepernick. However, he fails to understand that football fans watch to see players fighting for field position, not fighting for inequality. Fans who can not protest at their own jobs could care less about the political leanings of the players. In a story by the Seattle Times about Baldwin’s position on the protests, the majority of the comments are firmly against Baldwin.
Chris Long appears about 3 seconds in. This is not by accident. The NFL placed him there to feature a White player who supports the protesters. Long, put his arm around fellow Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins while Jenkins raised his fist, similar to the Black Power salute, during the National Anthem.
Well, whadya know! The very next athlete featured to solemnly praise veterans over somber piano is Malcolm Jenkins! And boy, did they need to put him on there, because fans are pissed at the fist-raising race-baiters, as well as the kneeling social justice warriors.
Finally, the NFL Salute To Service video ends with Delanie Walker giving thanks to veterans. But wait… that can’t be the same Delanie Walker who told the fans who didn’t like the protests to kick rocks and hit the bricks, right? Well, yes it is!
“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”
Guess what happens when players discourage fans from attending the games? They don’t show up. And thanks to players like Walker and Jenkins, as well as enablers like Long and Baldwin, millions of fans have found something else to do with their Sundays.
Conspicuously absent in this video are Colin Kaepernick, and everyone’s favorite White American hating NFL player, Michael Bennett.
Boycotting fans have delivered a liver punch to the NFL that the league may never fully recover from. Advertisers are discussing schedule changes and pulling ads, and owners are lashing back against Roger Goodell. The league and the NFLPA released this video as a way to humanize the protesters and their supporters. But look at the comments below the video. Fans are well aware that this video was a nothing more than a half-assed attempt at damage control.
As I have written here before, fans are disgusted by players kneeling, raising their fists, or linking up in a daisy chain during the National Anthem. However you feel about the credibility of the protests, millions of Americans believe that protesting during the anthem is the height of disrespect. With fans leaving in droves and Veterans Day approaching, this NFL Salute To Service video is a cheapshit apology to the fans who left, presented unironically by those who encouraged fans to leave, and slammed the door behind them.