KANSAS CITY, MO – Prior to the September 10th NFL game between the Houston Texas and the Kansas City Chiefs, both the United States National Anthem and Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing (often dubbed as the black national anthem) were performed at the game.
Apparently, the performance of the latter anthem in concurrence with the conduct of the players during said display has again divided viewers of the NFL.
During the pre-game displays, the Houston Texans were reportedly unsure what to do with regard to the playing of the songs prior to kick-off. In turn, the Texans players simply remained in the locker room when the songs were being played.
— Andy Scholes (@AndyScholesCNN) September 10, 2020
However, the players from the Kansas City Chiefs decided to lock arms together during said songs.
After the playing of the songs concluded, the Texans emerged from the locker room and headed to the field to then join in on the locking of arms that was being performed by the Chiefs. This second display resulted in some boos rising from spectators.
Chiefs fans started booing while the Texans and Chiefs locked arms in unity. 🤨 pic.twitter.com/Z0Ua6HlfsU
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 11, 2020
Ironically, the NFL shared a tweet with a video showcasing the booing and captioned it with the following:
“A moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country. #ItTakesAllOfUs”
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2020
Obviously, the crowd wasn’t that silent.
Painted on the endzone of the Chiefs’ field were the words “end racism”. However, there have been no reports that said painted two-word phrase actually accomplished said goal.
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2020
Overall, the antics by both the players from the game and the NFL habitually making reference to racism being some enormous problem plaguing the country has created a swell of divided takes on what transpired on September 10th prior to the game.
But it’s not only the NFL that is diving into the social justice talking points – but also those who have the license to create NFL products such as video games have joined in on the rhetoric.
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Apparently, NFL teams that were allegedly expressing interest in the cop-bashing Colin Kaepernick were actually feigning said interest.
Reports have surfaced that there are actually no NFL teams contacting Kaepernick about joining their ranks – but that hasn’t stopped EA Sports from adding Kaepernick as a free agent playable character to Madden NFL 21.
Report: No NFL Teams Called Kaepernick About a Job https://t.co/AvNAekfHVA
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) September 9, 2020
Oh, and apparently Kaepernick is going to have a “black power” touchdown celebration in the video game as well.
And yes – the touchdown celebration is exactly what you think: Kaepernick holding up a fist for black power.
So, EA Sports described Kaepernick as “one of the top free agents in football”. If that’s the case, how come football teams aren’t calling him or his management team back about him actually playing professional football?
— Madden NFL 21 (@EAMaddenNFL) September 8, 2020
It’s not that Kaepernick is a terrible football player – but it is kind of telling that a 28-year-old Kaepernick in 2016 (his last professional season) had a pass completion rate of 59% versus a now 41-year-old Drew Brees with a 74% pass completion rate. Not to mention…16 touchdown passes for an entire season with the 49ers for his last season? Is that really worth $20 million per year?
That’s over a million dollars a touchdown.
Still, for some reason EA Sports thinks he the world’s greatest.
Nonetheless, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio shared the news that no one is genuinely trying to onboard Kaepernick to their team:
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some “fake” interest expressed immediately after Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt. There has been zero interest expressed as to Kaepernick ‘in months.”
Florio further noted the initial buzz that was seemingly expressed on Kaepernick, but was never honestly followed up on in recent times since the death of George Floyd:
“At one point along the way, NFL Media reported that teams had contacted “friends and associates” of Kaepernick, and that they would be contacting his agent when they “get to the point where they’re confident enough that they think they can work out a contract.” So either they never got to the point of confidence that they can work out a contract, or it was all just more bullshit.”
And not a tear was shed about it… https://t.co/tY5Yykc7TY
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) September 7, 2020
Chances are that it was more on the fecal matter side of things when teams were contacting “friends and associates” of Kaepernick. Because certainly the NFL would know how to get ahold of former quarterback who thought it was a good idea to wear socks featuring pigs styled as police officers back in 2016.
It seems as though that with sports dwindling in recent times, and the NFL viewership going down by the millions over the last decade, it’s likely that no team wants to harbor a potential headache considering the polarizing effect that Kaepernick has on the league.
Let’s face it – nobody wants Kaepernick on their team because he’s a liability. Furthermore, the former quarterback has clearly vested his interest more into furthering his social justice campaigning and monetizing that versus trying to score some money on the field.
He’s a $20 million a year gamble that no team is trying to wager – because his salary might not be the only genuine cost to a team that onboards him.
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