The Catholic Defender: When will the owners of the NFL stand for America and honor the flag


The National Football League are traveling a slippery slope standing by, or should I say sitting by, allowing players to disrespect our Military, our Flag, and our Anthem. Jerry Jones told his players recently that if they dishonor the Nation, they will not be playing in the game. Finally someone is moving to do the right thing.

NFL Nation reports those who desecrated the American Flag on October 8, 2017:

"Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters, wide receiver Albert Wilson and rookie linebackers Ukeme Eligwe and Tanoh Kpassagnon sat for the national anthem on Sunday night in Houston. Peters has not stood for the anthem yet this season." -- Adam Teicher

Clark Hunt, what are you going to do about it?

"Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air and punter Johnny Hekker wrapped his arm around his waist in support before Sunday's game against the Seahawks, as has been the case for most of this season. A handful of Rams players locked arms last Sunday in Dallas, but that did not appear to be the case this week." -- Alden Gonzalez

Stan Kroenke, what are you going to do about it?

"Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He was wearing a Raiders beanie and was surrounded by Raiders staff members. Lynch has not said why he has remained seated during the national anthem since joining the Raiders. He wore a T-shirt before last week's game that read "EVERYBODY -VS- TRUMP." -- Paul Gutierrez

Mark Davis, what are you going to do about it?

"San Francisco 49ers: For the second week in a row, the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling during the national anthem with hands over their hearts. Their teammates again stood behind them with one hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder and the other over their hearts. The Niners first did that last week in Arizona." -- Nick Wagoner

John Edward, what are you going to do about it?

"Tennessee Titans: Receiver Rishard Matthews remained in the locker room during the national anthem for the second straight week, coming out on the field after the performance concluded. Matthews said on ESPN's NFL Live last month: "I plan to kneel until the president apologizes for the comments that he made, because I felt like those were very disrespectful comments." All Titans who were on the field for the anthem stood." -- Cameron Wolfe

Amy Adams Strunk, what are you going to do about it?

"Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins as a team stood for the national anthem on the sideline before Sunday's game against the Titans. Receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas, however, remained in the tunnel or locker room until the anthem was complete. All three players knelt before last Sunday's game against the Saints in London." -- James Walker

Stephen M. Ross, what are you going to do about it?

"Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued demonstrating for social justice by raising his first above his head during the national anthem before Sunday’s home game against the Cardinals. Safety Rodney McLeod joined him by raising a fist. Defensive end Chris Long placed an arm around Jenkins as a sign of support, a gesture he has made since white nationalists held demonstrations in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer." -- Tim McManus

Christina Weiss Lurie, what are you going to do about it?

"New York Giants: Defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Chargers, as he has done in the previous two weeks. Linebacker Keenan Robinson raised his fist in the air. The rest of the Giants locked arms. Vernon (ankle) was inactive for the contest." -- Jordan Raanan

John Mara, what you going to do about it?

The above picture might not be a true flag burning, but why is this even a question? It is because of the outward disrespect shown the flag in front of the public.

Do you feel my pain? I've been a die hard Kansas City Chief fan going back to the 1960's and I remember their Superbowl appearances. I remember the merger of the NFC and the AFC and the creation of the NFL. What is happening today has the potential of destroying the whole business world of pro-football. Radical groups like Black Lives Matter and others are behind what is going on making these player puppets of Left-Wing politics.

Why does this matter for Christians? Our tax money goes towards the NFL as subsidies? Patriotic Americans who love our freedoms, freedom of Religion, want to be able to go to a game without people disrespecting our Military, Flag, and Anthem.

Proverbs 11:2 states, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom." The wisdom needed here is that whatever cause we might feel important, you do not win your case by disgracing the very freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Vice President Pence leaves the Colts/49ers game because of the disrespect shown our Country, Military, Flag, and National Anthem. That is an amazing thing to report because the NFL has always stood for American Patriotism before now. The ball is in the owners court.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys is saying that anyone who disrespects the Flag will not be playing in the game! Hooray for Jerry Jones! Mr. Jones states, "We cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag..., I know the vice president did leave, because in his opinion the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we're clear."

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