I’ve had more than 24 hours to digest all of the back and forth that’s gone on between the President, NFL team owners, NFL players, and the talking heads on both the left and the right.
And that’s probably a good thing.
My initial reaction over the weekend was, and largely still is, that I wish our President, and sports celebrities for that matter, would just delete their Twitter and other social media accounts altogether.
Since the initial firestorm, I’ve been astounded at the varying responses to the issue of whether players should or don’t have to stand when the national anthem is played.
Since it’s largely a visual thing, I guess I am baffled a bit by all of the uproar over the issue.
But long ago, I resolved to understand that what others consider important need not be nearly so important to me.
Here’s what I do know.
Americans have a right to be upset over the national anthem issue.
A majority of NFL team owners feel it’s okay for their employees to kneel during the national anthem, or stay in their locker rooms while the anthem is played.
Whether the calculated risk the NFL is taking in allowing the protests is a good idea or not will be determined by fans who continue to consume the product on TV, to buy the tickets to watch games in person, and to purchase team gear, or decide not to do so.
One or more of the teachers who helped to shape me years ago taught me that for every action there is a reaction.
That’s the way I see it.