#StandForOurAnthem Movement and the Athletes Who Stood Up
Most people wrongfully assume that NFL from its beginnings had always had its players on sidelines for National Anthem. This practice didn’t start until 2009 when FEDERAL government started paying NFL 5 million $ to introduce it as a marketing tool for military recruitment. But players were never required to participate in the Anthem. Why are tax dollars paid for professional athletes to do play act ? I predict that either the National Anthem will be removed all together from the game.. or the “prior to 2009” practice will return. ……….
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You want to take a knee?
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn.Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon…Anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles.There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress…Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.
There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.
While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken…but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”
You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are…but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired…
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Written by KERRI TOYNE
PHOTO: FUMBLE: Source: HANNITY (dot) COM — NFL Ratings PLUMMET Following Leagues War on USA | The Sean Hannity Show — The ratings are in for the NFL’s Day of Protest… and they aren’t pretty.
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JUST IN: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, players lock arms and kneel before national anthem as crowd boos
0:16 video — 5:39 PM – 25 Sep 2017 ….
JERRY JONES of the Dallas Cowboys who previously said there will be no knee protesting with his team. But he was the FIRST one to take a knee tonight .. locked arms.. leading his ENTIRE team to take-a-knee.
DALLAS COWBOYS CORRECTION — the Cowboys and Jerry Jones took a knee before our National Anthem – NOT during. ….
THROWBACK ON COWBOYS FROM 2015
The #cowboys did not #TakeTheKnee Thanks for being true patriots/men and separating yourselves from the boys
Most valuable teams in the NFL: 1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8B 2. New England Patriots, $3.7B 3. New York Giants, $3.3B
Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys called a meeting with all of his Coaches, Players and field staff and firmly told them, “You are all simply paid performers on a stage and that field is my stage! You will stand, with your hand over your heart and with respect, when our Country’s National Anthem is being played or you will no longer be a Dallas Cowboy, a Coach for the Dallas Cowboys or have any association with the Dallas Cowboy Organization! I will immediately fire you, no matter who you are!”
VIA – TRUTH OR FICTION — Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Locker Room Speech-Incorrect Attribution! ——- In reality, none of the Cowboys’ players kneeled in protest during the national anthem (September 11, 2016), and Jones praised his team on his weekly call-in radio show in Dallas the following Monday morning:
JERRY JONES DID STATE: “I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization. We strongly, strongly support the flag. In every way, we support — it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people that for generations and generations have given it all up so we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much. That’s the real business.
“The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
So, this locker room speech didn’t come from Jerry Jones — but, given his comments, he might agree with it. ….
Source – TruthorFiction
NFL — YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM!!! — TWERKING A TOUCHDOWN … WEARING BABY BLUE CLEATS AT GAME ….. UNACCEPTABLE BY THE NFL — PLAYERS FINED …… Ahhhhhh but apparently disrespecting our USA flag and National Anthem and Black Panther fist raised in the air when a black player tackles a white player is okay.
Antonio Brown on fines for TD twerk, cleats: ‘Nothing to a boss’
By Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Staff Writer Sep 15, 2016
PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown had a very Antonio Brown-like answer to how much the NFL fined him for Week 1.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ star wide receiver said he got hit with two NFL fines: one for the end zone gyration he called the
“Boomin'” after his second touchdown against the Washington Redskins, the other for wearing baby blue cleats, which violated uniform protocol.
Brown, who was flagged 15 yards on the celebration, said the fine amounts were a “couple hundred.”
Source – ESPN
#StandForOurAnthem STADIUM WELFARE 2.0
Legislation Seeking to Strip Taxpayer Funding from Sports Arenas Gains Momentum Following National Anthem Protests
By: Katherine Rodriguez 25 Sep 2017
Members of Congress are growing more interested in legislation that seeks to strip taxpayer funding from sports arenas following the recent NFL protests of the National Anthem.
Sen. James Lankford’s (R-OK) spokesperson told the Daily Caller on Sunday that interest in the “Eliminating Federal Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act of 2017” (S. 1342) proposed by Lankford and his Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in June, has grown in the past four weeks.
Booker and Lankford’s bill would ban professional sports teams from using federal tax-exempt funding and would amend the tax code to treat any bonds as taxable regardless of who is providing the bonds.
Source – Breitbart
National Anthem Protests Put Pressure On Bill To Defund Sports Arenas
By Kerry Picket 09/24/2017
Senators proposed a bill this summer to prevent federal taxpayer funding from going towards the construction of professional sports arenas, and after more players began supporting the protest of the national anthem before games, the legislation may begin to pick up steam.
“Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Booker said in a statement. “There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits.
Source – DailyCaller
Take a Knee, Pay Your Own Fee: Louisiana Politician Wants to Take State Money Away from Saints After Protests
By Dylan Gwinn 25 Sep 2017
The struggle could become even more real, for the NFL’s growing number of anthem-protesting malcontents. Particularly those who protest while wearing the Fleur-de-lis.
Louisiana House Rep. Kenny Havard, says that after ten Saints players protested the playing of the national anthem on Sunday, the time has come for the State of Louisiana to pull funds from the New Orleans franchise.
Havard told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy. I believe in the right to protest, but not at a taxpayer-subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time. There are plenty of disabled children, elderly and veterans in this state that would appreciate the money.”
Source – Breitbart
Remember What Obama Administration’s Department of Defense Did For The NFL?
September 25, 2017
Apparently, if you want the NFL to be patriotic, you must pay the NFL and the clubs millions and millions of dollars to behave that way. That is what the Obama administration’s Department of Defense did starting back in 2009. Remember all those beautiful and heartfelt tributes that football teams put on during a game? They were bought and paid for by you, the taxpayer. I guess that President Trump must have stopped the payments or something. You may also want to do some research into the tax-exempt status of the National Football League office. Not the teams or clubs, just the NFL office.
Trump is right.
As Written By Timothy Mead for Townhall:
President Donald J. Trump doubled down his rhetoric against National Football League (NFL) players who refuse to stand for the national anthem on Sunday morning, but fans should be reminded the NFL’s patriotism is relatively new in the league.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell claims that the “NFL and players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture” but their weekly show of support towards members of the American military began only after NFL owners realized they could make money off it.
Source – AllenWestRepublic
Louisiana lawmakers question New Orleans Saints state funding after players protest
By: By Julia O’Donoghue Sept 25, 2017
The report said during the Mercedes-Benz Superdome lease “the state will pay Benson at least $198 million in increased revenue from the Superdome, $142 million in rental payments on property Benson owns, $10 million in bonuses for bringing the Super Bowl to New Orleans and $2.6 million in tax breaks. Benson will get another $40 million from private rent payments to a tower he bought as part of the deal.”
The lease expires in 2025.
“Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy,” Havard said. “Our free society made possible by our fighting men and women has made available free education, free lunch, housing and free healthcare and is now be considered socially unjust,” Havard said. “It is time the taxpayers quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds. I believe in the right to protest but, not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time. There are plenty of disabled children, elderly and veterans in this state that would appreciate the money.”
ATHLETES THAT CHOOSE TO #StandForOurAnthem
Ex-Patriots star ‘ashamed’ of team after wave of anthem protests
By Mark W. Sanchez September 25, 2017
“…I promise you I’m not the only one.”
Matt Light, who was on the Gillette Stadium field for countless victory formations, has never been so incensed to see a Patriot take a knee.
The former longtime left tackle, the decade-long blind-side protector of Tom Brady, pushed back against New England joining the national anthem protest like the players were an incoming rusher.
“If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told the Boston Herald in an impassioned interview. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t matter.”
Source – NYPost
The Arizona Cardinals locked arms & stood during the national anthem tonight.
By David Baker September 25, 2017
The entire team, including president Michael Bidwill, stood and linked armed while Glendale-native Jordin Sparks sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Nobody knelt during the anthem
Source – AZFamily
Steelers Coach Rips Afghan War Vet Villanueva for Standing for the Anthem
By Dylan Gwinn 25 Sep 2017
In what might just be the most 2017 NFL story ever, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rapped one of his players, an Afghan war veteran, for coming out of the locker room for the national anthem.
…Tomlin said, “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”
Source – Breitbart
See what happened to Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey sales after he boldly stood for national anthem
How have fans responded?
After Villanueva’s story went viral Sunday afternoon, fans went online and bought Villanueva’s team jersey in droves. In fact, so many people swarmed to NFL merchandise website Fanatics that Villanueva’s jersey is now one of the best-selling jerseys in the NFL.
As of Monday morning, Villanueva’s jersey remains the best-selling Steeler jersey while the jerseys of famed wide-receiver Antonio Brown and famed-quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fall behind his.
Source – TheBlaze
ATLANTA FALCONS (and) owner ARTHUR BLANK joins arms with his players during the national anthem on Sept. 24.Photographer: Leon Halip/Getty Images