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A Word Of Advice For NFL Players Who Decide Not To Protest During The National Anthem.

August 12, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony was arguably the highlight of the sports weekend last weekend. There were plenty of interesting and varied personalities that took the stage to describe their journeys towards being recognized as one of the best football players and contributors in pro football history. Following the speeches, a lot of focus went to the sermon-like speech of former linebacker Ray Lewis or the unique decision by former wide receiver Terrell Owens to hold his own ceremony at his college instead of Canton with his other classmates.

However, one of the strongest statements made during the multiple speeches were not even words that were said as former wide receiver Randy Moss decided to wear a tie that displayed the names of 13 black men and women who have been killed by police over the past several years. The tie had names that included Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O’Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Brandon Glenn. It was a surprising decision by Moss, who wasn’t known for making social or political statements during his playing days, but it also could be a reminder that Colin Kaepernick’s impact is still being felt years after his potentially and likely last NFL game.

Despite not playing in the NFL since 2016, Colin Kaepernick’s decision and explanation to protest during the national anthem against racial inequality, mistreatment of people of color, and against police brutality still resonates. It surprisingly remains a controversial topic for the NFL and the NFL owners. The topic was given new life after the NFL decided on a new national anthem policy that requires NFL players who are on-field to “respect” the national anthem or wait in the locker room until the national anthem is over.

All NFL owners were not completely on-board with that decision and spoke out about it in various ways. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a harder stance publicly by almost ordering an edict requiring Dallas Cowboys players to act a specific way as the national anthem is played prior to games. Not surprisingly, the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott agrees with the man who is responsible for his paycheck but he made a big mistake in his supporting his NFL owner.

Dak Prescott is in a challenging place. He is not only the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, where that prestige helped lead former quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Tony Romo to quickly find jobs as football TV analysts. He is also a black starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys so he will be asked questions regarding the NFL protests during the national anthem that white starting quarterbacks in the NFL will likely never be asked. Last month, Prescott commented regarding the NFL protests by saying, “I’d never protest, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so.

The game of football has always brought me such a peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people. A lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away from that. It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people. For me, I’m all about making a chance and making a difference.” Prescott has since stood by his comments.

Since making his comments, Dak Prescott has been under criticism from players for his comments and a Dallas artist made a very strong artistic statement as well. It is okay for NFL players who are not comfortable protesting to decline to do so but criticizing the players who are protesting or the act of protesting itself will garner a lot of negative reaction because of the subject matter. Everyone isn’t cut out to protest but it is a good idea to decline to do so without undercutting others who are protesting.

Staff Writer; Mark Hines


3 Responses to “A Word Of Advice For NFL Players Who Decide Not To Protest During The National Anthem.”
  1. Trevo Craw says:

    Just A Portion of The Evidence That TRUMP IS A RACIST

    1. Trump never addressing police brutality which is largely committed against black people. Check wwww.killedbypolice.net or http://www.policemisconduct.net
    2. Trump saying in code that black communities are dangerous and need more policing while saying in code black people in these areas don’t work.
    3. A white former Trump mgmt employee verified Trump called blacks lazy and said he did not even want blacks counting his money.
    4. Over 70% of Trump insults are against black people.
    5. Calling African nations shithole countries. Saying we need more people from places like Sweden.
    6. Trump saying at a rally “look at my African American”.
    7. Trump stereotyping Hispanics as rapists, murderers and MS-13
    8. Trump spending a million dollars to persecute the Central Park 5 then continuing to persecute them with no apology even after DNA evidence cleared them.
    9. Trump hired a few turncoat sambo Negroes in order to appear not to be racist. We see through that.
    10. Trump calling Omarosa a low IQ dog etc. Not like when he said others were “like dogs”. That is not the same thing.
    11. Trump sued by the Justice department TWICE for discrimination against black people in his hotels.
    12. Trump on the Birther issue was wrong and racist against Obama to derail him but Obama won..
    13. Donald Trump against Don Lemon and Lebron James
    14. Donald Trump persecuting mainly black football players calling them SOBs.
    15. Donald Trump on immigration against Hispanics at the border and separating their families with a zero tolerance policy and no plan to put them back together. Yet nothing said or done to address the majority of people here illegally who are here because of expired Visas. And nothing said or done towards the Europeans, Canadians and Asians who are here illegally.
    16. Talk about who Trump hired, he hired Steve Bannon who ran Breitbart and gave a platform to neo-nazis, people and organizations which are clearly racists.
    17. Trump said there were good people on both sides, comparing protesters to obvious racists.

    If Trump is not a racist, ask him how he would feel if Ivanka was single and dating a black man.

    I can keep going but anybody who cannot see and admit that Trump is a racist is blind, dumb, brainwashed or in denial. And I do not have all day to type about racist Trump.

    And as for his help towards the black community, unemployment in the black community began dropping under Obama and the recovery of the economy, also done by Obama, has continued the trend that Trump takes credit for.
    Trump created jobs but not 700,000 to date because they are included a time when Obama was in office. Fact check that for yourself. The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied and had to apologize, though she did not correct her lies. Obama’s actions and efforts created over 3 million jobs for black people but Sarah Sanders lied and said Trump had created more jobs for black people than Obama. Fact check people.

    Here are Obama’s final numbers in the link below. Facts matter. https://www.factcheck.org/2017/09/obamas-final-numbers/

  2. James Davis says:

    You See, My Brothers And Sisters…

    Once you stop believing “the lie” that the KILLINGS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE RANDOM ACTS, WHICH DEFY THE POWER TO BRING THEM UNDER CONTROL, you then free yourselves and search for solutions.

    The brothers and sisters of the 1960’s and 1970’s stop believing the lie, “It’s just the way the U.S. society is right now. Give it time.” That’s how we ended up with the right to vote and the Civil Rights Act.

    The kneeling football players have not brought into the lie, that nothing can be done about these killings, and we should support them in their courage and discovery of that truth.

    Go to the following link for your own awakening to the truth and solutions and if you have the courage, act upon it:


    Colin Kaepernick is RIGHT,,, Facing Reality and Truth is a BITCH!

  3. James Davis says:

    It is impossible to disconnect sports from what is occurring in the United States, when it comes to the question of racism.

    The racists in the United States has always pursued the line of reasoning that racism and how people of color are treated, has nothing to do with you:

    1) Donning a military uniform and fighting wars on behalf of the United States white elite and returning home to a racist society. They tell you racism has nothing to do with it and you should separate the two issues. It’s just the way the U.S. society is right now. Give it time.

    2) Qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team winning goal medals and treated as a 2nd or 3rd class citizen. Keep working at it, things will change. Just don’t talk about it.

    3) Dying at 2 1/2 rate as your white counter part when it comes to errant police killing African Americans. They say racism was not involved. They were in fear of losing their lives.

    4) And the distribution of capital in lending when it comes to African Americans, seed money and loans to start businesses. This is not racism, you simply have to be more qualified.

    5) And repressive voting rights laws. Voter fraud abounds and new id laws will bring these frauds under control. It is not about race.

    6) And “the Stand Your Ground Laws,” which were passed by 24 state legislatures. Crime is rampant – it has nothing to do with race.

    And there is a reason the racist and any dominating group of people pursue this policy. It’s simple when you think about it.

    Domination by one people over another people requires that they be lied to, not one time but repeatedly. You see, the lies themselves are the chains that holds you in check. As long as you believe the lies, there is no reason for you to question your oppression. (North Korea and the Soviet Union are good examples).

    Once the lie is uncovered and revealed for what it is, freedom is the natural result.
    John 8:32 states this:
    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    You are free indeed, when you call a lie what it is.

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