WaPo writer claims anthem protests enrage football fans because it’s denial of American exceptionalism

WaPo writer claims anthem protests enrage football fans because it’s denial of American exceptionalism
Baltimore Ravens take a knee (Image: Fox news video screen grab)

[Ed. – Yeah, that’s the reason. It’s not because some overpaid muscleheads have been sold a bill of goods about ‘police brutality.’]

Setting out to determine why NFL kneeling protests create so much outrage, The Washington Post’s sports columnist Sally Jenkins concludes that it comes down to fan anger over a denial of American exceptionalism.

Opening her examination of the controversy, Jenkins says the various NFL factions must understand “why the controversy burned so hot in the first place. Billionaire owners and players alike have been dumbfounded and tin-eared, failing to comprehend how a protest involving just 12 percent of players seeking to comment mildly on racial injustices has swamped the league and alienated a large chunk of the audience.” Just last week sports media told us the NFL’s TV revenues proved the audience had not been alienated.

And, Jenkins writes, lest you get side-tracked by the question of who is the truer American, set aside the notion that the protesters (see photo of Panthers’ Cam Newton protesting the anthem) are the thinking, reading men on the field and the president is the unthinking one who’s ready to exile anyone who disagrees with him. …

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