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After Anthem Protests and a Trump Speech in Alabama, the NFL Is Now Viewed As One of the Most Divisive Brands in America

Guess which organization is considered more polarizing than ABC News, Chick Fil-A, the Huffington Post, and only two spots behind MSNBC? If you guessed the NFL, step forward and collect your winnings. After more than a year of rampant NFL player protests, the National Football League is now seen as one of the most divisive brand names in America, a new report finds. As reported in the New York Times, a new Morning Consult survey found that the NFL is viewed as “polarizing,” by nearly as many people as view President Donald Trump’s hotels that way. The survey found that the NFL now figures in among the top ten most polarizing brand names. The top ten most divisive list includes Trump hotels, CNN, NBC News, The New York Times, MSNBC, Fox News, the NFL, ABC News, HuffPost, and CBS News. In large part, the sports league ended up in the number seven most divisive spot because President Trump criticized the league during a rally for a U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama on September 22. After the president’s broadside against the NFL for allowing players to continue protesting against the country during the anthem, the whole of the league erupted in mass protests. Yet, instead of coming to the league’s side, football fans in particular and Americans in general, seem to have turned against the league. Along with being seen as most divisive, TV ratings for the league have also continued a long dive into the basement. For instance, last weekend, NBC’s Sunday Night Football earned only a 10.6/18 ratings for Week 5, a 3% drop from last week’s numbers. The NFL isn’t the only sports franchise seen as divisive. The National Basketball League has also come under question, according to The New York Times. “After LeBron James tweeted his support for Stephen Curry, whose invitation to the White House was rescinded by Mr. Trump (after Mr. Curry indicated he wouldn’t attend),” the Times wrote, “the share of Trump voters who said they held very unfavorable views of Mr. James more than doubled, to 23 percent from 11 percent.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews Tweets He Will No Longer Play in the NFL, if Made to Stand for the Anthem

Liberals are quite fond of saying they’ll move to foreign countries, if Republicans get elected to the presidency. Yet, to the disappointment of all, they remain. Something like that may be starting with NFL players and anthem protests. Take for example, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews. On Thursday, Matthews was asked by a Twitter user, whether he would stay in the locker room, or take the fine or penalty for kneeling during the anthem. The Marine pictured in Matthews’ profile pic is his half-brother, Christopher Ruiz, who died in Afghanistan in 2015. Matthews response in a Tweet? “No I will be done playing football.” So here we have ourselves a bit of a Susan Sarandon moment. An instance where, an ardent leftist promises to give up something if he doesn’t get his way politically. However, this is actually more serious than a Susan Sarandon moment. Sarandon, merely threatened to leave the country if John McCain won the election in 2008. She didn’t threaten to give up her livelihood. She said she would move, not that she would quit acting. Matthews is actually threatening to walk away from football if he’s not allowed to protest. Now, will he walk away from the game if the league bans anthem protests? In all likelihood, he will not. However, what a thing for the fans to be able to hold over his head if he doesn’t? Not to mention, imagine being so repulsed by your country’s anthem that you would walk away from a contract paying you over $6.3 million, just because you couldn’t protest it? Sad!

No, it’d be funny.  Let’s see if some of these self-righteous, entitlement-minded, America-hating losers say this sorta thing, and then actually leave the NFL.

Panthers fan cold-cocks older fan, runs away

A Panthers fan took his aggression too far Thursday night during the team’s 28-23 loss to the Eagles, sucker-punching another fan in the stands. According to an onlooker, who posted the assault on Instagram, an older fan asked the Panthers fan and his girlfriend to sit down, as they had been standing during the game. As words were continually exchanged, the Panthers loyalist allegedly called the victim a “geriatric f–k” before throwing a punch. Others surrounding the exchange tried to keep the aggressor from doing more damage. As the enraged Carolina twosome left the scene of the incident to an eruption of boos and shouts, the older fan stayed seated as blood dripped down his face. NFL Network reports that the league is investigating the incident. “We take all of these very seriously,” a league spokesman said. The Instagram video has since gone viral, accumulating more than 43,000 views in the last eight hours.

Wow..  Normally we avoid human interest stories here at The Daily Buzz..   But, this is just one we had to share.  This could happen to anyone of us, as civility in this country is at an all-time low.  Hopefully they are able to identify this punk, arrest him, and charge him with assault, etc.  And, this poor gentleman who got his bell rung, should sue this piece of garbage in civil court as well.  To see the video of this, click on the text above.  Awful..

ESPN’s Wilbon Compares Jerry Jones to a Slave Owner for Requiring Players to Stand for National Anthem

Monday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Mike Wilbon likened Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner because he said Cowboys players will either stand for the national anthem or not play. “[T]he word that comes to my mind, I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is ‘plantation,’” Wilbon told co-host Tony Kornheiser. “The players are here to serve me and they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them. They are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.”

That’s because you’re a self-righteous, nauseating, ignorant, black racist, liberal tool!  The NFL requires it’s players to wear certain clothing, certain labels, and on and on..   That doesn’t make the NFL or it’s owners “plantation” owners.  It’s called business.  I’m sure Mr. Wilbon is required to wear certain clothing while at work.  And, if the NFL ever decides to pull it’s collective head out of its ass, and requires the players to show a little respect and stand during the playing of our National Anthem, then it’ll be good for that business.  Oh.. and someone ought to explain to Mr. Wilbon that slaves are not paid. Obviously he wasn’t a history major.  These obnoxious players, who claim they’ve being “oppressed,” and have been disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem are paid millions.  Can I please be that “oppressed?!?”  This is yet another reminder of why I don’t watch ESPN..  Unreal..

NFL Owners to Discuss Policy on Standing for Anthem

The National Football League’s owners will discuss at meetings next week whether to unilaterally change the league policy to require players to stand during the national anthem. The decision to consider the change came after weeks of persistent criticism from President Donald Trump about players protesting during the anthem, including his call for fans to boycott games if the demonstrations continue. In a conference call, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said league officials, owners, fans, and likely certain players are frustrated that the issue has dominated the game in recent weeks. He said owners will consider player input on the issue, but suggested that a rule change would not require player approval. “I don’t believe that the anthem per se is something that needs to be collectively bargained,” Lockhart said. The National Football League Players Association was not immediately available for comment. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has said that league officials assured him that players who did not stand for the national anthem would not face penalties. If the policy is changed, however, players that protest could face discipline from the league. The NFL manual on game operations says players “should” stand during the national anthem. It does not say they “must” stand, even though that word is used in numerous instances in the manual regarding player behavior during games. Lockart’s comments followed more tweets from the president assailing the league for not disciplining players who protest during the national anthem. “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country?” the president asked on Twitter. Trump didn’t say exactly what he meant regarding the taxes and a White House spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment. Lockhart said the NFL does not receive any special tax breaks. It gave up its tax exempt status in 2015. He acknowledged that many NFL stadiums have been built using tax exempt bonds, which he argued are used to help spur economic development through public-private partnerships. After an initial show of unity, there has been mounting disagreement within the league about how to handle the issue. Monday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he told his players last year that they would not play if they disrespected the flag. The owners are scheduled to meet next week in New York. “I fully expect this to be front and center on the agenda,” Lockhart said.

Indeed..  Guess we’ll see if the NFL pulls its collective head out of its ass, and yes, requires its players to stand during the playing of our National Anthem.  It’s stunning, and offensive, that this issue has dragged on this long.

Starnes: Pence Leaves NFL Game After Players Take Knee During National Anthem

On Sunday, Vice President and American Patriot Mike Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Franciscio 49ers after several players took a knee during the national anthem. “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” the vice president wrote on Twitter. I reckon the vice president (like many professional football fans) finally got tired of tolerating the boorish behavior of a bunch of intolerant, unAmerican malcontents. “At at time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us,” he added. The Indianapolis Star reports no Colts players disrespected the national anthem, but several 49ers did. “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem,” he wrote. God bless you, Vice President Pence for standing up and doing the right thing. We can only hope that more patriotic Americans will follow the vice president’s lead and turn off the National Football League.

Exactly!!  Thanks to culter warrior Todd Starnes for this spot-on on/ed.  And, thank you to VP Mike Pence for taking a principled stand against these loser NFL players who take a knee, or lock arms during the playing of our National Anthem.  What a bunch of self-righteous, arrogant, disrespectful, nauseating tools.  We’re all SO over it!

NFL players’ union teamed up with George Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups

Even before its feud over the national anthem with President Trump, the NFL Players Association wasn’t on the same political team as many of its fans, judging from its contributions to leftist advocacy groups. Tax documents released by 2ndVote show the NFLPA donated $5,000 in 2015 to the Center for Community Change Action, a group active in the anti-Trump resistance and bankrolled by a host of liberal foundations, including top Democratic donor George Soros’s Foundation for Open Society. A member of the AFL-CIO, the NFLPA also contributed in 2013 and 2015 to Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, which Open Secrets said spent $1 million in 2016 to defeat Mr. Trump. Working America has since mobilized against the Republican tax-cut framework, denouncing it as the “Trump tax scam.” The NFLPA contributed $5,000 in 2014 to Jobs with Justice, another pro-union group backed by Mr. Soros, and $5,000 in 2013 to the progressive Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. The NFLPA donations from 2013, 2014 and 2015 were made before Mr. Trump was elected.

As if we needed another reason to NOT watch or support the NFL..   Wow..