We’re profit and you’re overhead, morons.
Some NFL teams want to have the protest and keep their fans happy, too.
It’s just not that easy.
This was a tough lesson for the Dallas Cowboys, and it seems that the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears are slow to learn the lesson, too.
They wanted their protest and they didn’t want to offend fans, so they chose to not kneel, but instead link arms in ‘unity’.
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears all stood for the National Anthem at their night stand-off in Wisconsin on Thursday night, but couldn’t resist chiming in on the NFL protest debate by linking arms.
Earlier in the week as the national row over athletes taking a knee on the field rumbled on, the Packers announced that they would be interlinking arms when the Star Spangled Banner played at Lambeau Field.
They asked fans to join in on what they described as their ‘display of unity’ and ‘call to connect’.
How do you think that went over?
Americans believe that kneeling is unpatriotic and shouldn’t be done, and ‘linking arms in unity’ is agreeing with the people that kneel.
Many also believe that Kaepernick is wrong on the entire premise of this protest — that the United States is a racist country that permits police officers to murder black men ‘in the streets’ willy-nilly.
Do they not get that?
Eager to weigh in on the issue but not quite picking either side, Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers insisted before the game on Thursday: ‘This is not a protest. This is a unified demonstration of love and solidarity.
‘This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.’
This is an example of how the protest has morphed. It is no longer about ‘systemic racism’, it’s because these NFL players are offended by something the President said. These athletes got their hackles raised by President Trump’s ‘get that S.O.B. off the field‘ comment in Alabama.
In their statement earlier in the week, the Packers released a statement asking their fans to join in on their demonstration on Thursday night.
They described it not as a protest but as a ‘coming together of players’.
The team tried to shape the narrative but failed miserably.
‘You will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity,’ the statement said.
Later, it described it as a ‘moment of unification’. The statement sparked controversy before the game, with many considering it ‘disrespectful’.
The fans were not impressed.
Looks like the fans are irate.
What do you have to say to that, Packers?
Should these athletes be weighing in publicly on these things that they barely understand?
They’re free to take their stand — or knee, as the case may be.
But we’re also free to critique your dumb statements:
Maybe we should be sending them all a message.
Here’s a good one:
Here is the full statement by the Green Bay Packers:
The NFL family is one of the most diverse communities in the world. Just look around! The eclectic group of players that you root for, the coaches you admire, the people you sit next to in the stands, those high-fiving on military bases, fans at the sports bar or during tailgate parties—we all come from different walks of life and have unique backgrounds and stories.
The game of football brings people together. As NFL players, we are a living testimony that individuals from different backgrounds and with different life experiences can work together toward a common goal.
This Thursday during the national anthem at Lambeau Field, Packers players, coaches and staff will join together with arms intertwined—connected like the threads on your favorite jersey. When we take this action, what you will see will be so much more than just a bunch of football players locking arms. The image you will see on September 28th will be one of unity. It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly. You will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity.
Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country and our world a better place. We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.
Let’s work together to build a society that is more fair and just.
Join us this Thursday by locking arms with whoever you’re with, stranger or loved one, wherever you are—intertwined and included—in this moment of unification.