Americans are appalled at the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handled the NFL National Anthem protests. He didn’t hold players accountable for their actions whatsoever.
But, this really shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise after the way Goodell handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse case. Goodell never made a real recovery after that case, and his handling (or lack thereof) of the anthem protests has proven him to be completely unable to do his job as NFL commissioner. When Colin Kaepernick first decided to sit out during the National Anthem, Goodell should have enforced the NFL manual.
The Washington Post reported that the NFL’s game operations manual specifically states that “all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.” It also explains that players must “stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking” or they will be disciplined with consequences “such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s).” The NFL doesn’t seem to mind condemning players for dancing in the end zone, but they won’t discipline their players for breaking the rules regarding our country’s National Anthem? Something is wrong here.
Goodell didn’t so much as give Kaepernick a slap on the wrist. All he did was cave in when the players decide to hide in their locker rooms and kneel down during the anthem. He allowed them to walk all over the rules. NFL fans received the message loud and clear that there was no respect for the National Anthem and everything it stands for. Fans had a lot to say about the protests. Roughly 60% of NFL fans that were polled explained that they will be watching less NFL on television.
Yahoo Finance reported:
A new Yahoo Finance poll suggests the NFL has an enduring problem on its hands. Nearly 62% of 9,056 respondents told us they plan to watch less pro football in response to the anthem controversy. Thirty-six percent said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise, and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners.
This is not looking good for the NFL. The problems Goodell is facing as commissioner aren’t just with the fans. The owners aren’t happy with his actions either. He’s costing them a lot of money to simply allow players to break the rules.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t happy with Goodell, and he has decided to make a move against the commissioner that will appease a lot of angry Americans.
The New York Times reported that the NFL, which is already not doing so well after the political protests. Players kneeling isn’t sitting well with fans, and there has been a war waged between Jerry Jones and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell has been granted a $40 million salary, but it’s questionable if he’s actually doing what he needs to in order to earn that salary. The feud between Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell has gotten so severe that Jones has threatened to sue the league as well as some other team owners due to negotiations extending Goodell’s contract. This information was given by three people with direct knowledge of the situation. Last week, Jones explained to the six owners on the NFL’s compensation committee that he hired David Boies. Boies is a very high-profile lawyer who is under fire in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case. He opted not to speak publicly about internal NFL matters.
None of this is anything to be taken lightly. The NFL has mutiny right in front of their faces. It’s hard for people to really think that Jerry Jones would have taken such measures if he didn’t have some kind of inkling that other owners would follow suit or at least show him some support.