In the midst of all the controversy about players in the National Football League (NFL) choosing to ‚Äútake a knee‚ÄĚ during the playing of the National Anthem to protest alleged systemic police mistreatment of African-Americans, one player stands out for courage, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva. It is easy to follow the multitude, but it takes courage to do what Villanueva did Sunday.
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin told a CBS reporter that his team would not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday‚Äôs game, but would instead remain in the locker room until it was over. Tomlin explained his position: ‚ÄúYou know, these are very divisive times for our country and for us as a football team, it‚Äôs about us remaining solid. We‚Äôre not going to be divided by anything said by anyone.‚ÄĚ He added that he told his players ‚Äúif you feel the need to do anything, I‚Äôm going to be supportive...
NFL Player Arrested EVERY 7 Days(Friday Church News Notes, October 6, 2017, www.wayoflife.org) - The following is from ‚ÄúWho Needs Rules? NFL Players Arrested Every 7 Days on Average‚ÄĚ by Joseph Curl, Daily Wire, Sep. 25, 2017: ‚ÄúThe National Football League is in a golden age right now: It‚Äôs been 23 days since one of its players has been arrested. The average time between arrests is just seven days, while the record without an arrest is slightly more than two months, at 65 days, according to NFLarrest.com, which ‚Äėprovides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges,‚Äô the site says. Players get arrested for a variety of crimes: drunk driving, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, gun violations, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, theft, burglary, rape and even murder. The NFL virtually embraces players who abuse women. Take this report in the Chicago Tribune: ‚ÄėIn the first round [of the 2017 draft], the Oakland Raiders drafted Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape. In the second round, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Mixon, who in a much-viewed video punches a woman so hard that she falls down unconscious. 6th,Etc..." - Preaching about police brutality by this bunch? risible -
Phillip Mezzapelle wrote: As is generally the case, issues like this current one make people either go to the far right or far left. If only one would be willing to do some basic elementary research, it would help keep them in the center. Has anyone ever asked how or why the NFL came up with a rule regarding the anthem and how the players should behave themselves while it is being played? Do any of us know that this rule is a fairly recent one? How many of us know that for most of the NFL's history, the players remained in the locker room during the playing of the anthem? Well, why the change? MONEY!!! Yes lots of money. From who? you might be asking. From our loving caring friends who work for and run the industrial military complex.
"For The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil: Which While Some Coveted After, Have Erred..."--1 Timothy 6:10
Being Part Sicilian &-Or From Sicilian Ancestry On My Paternal Grandmother's Side Of The Family--I Can Only Say This Regarding The So-Called NFL United States National Anthem "Protest";
I Say, To ALL YOU UNPATRIOTIC U.S.-FLAG &-Or NATIONAL-ANTHEM NFL-PLAYER "Protesters":
+++TAKE A KNEE, YES, TAKE A KNEE TO THE B---S--Er- I MEAN, TAKE A KNEE TO THE "STONES"+++ !
But of course what is of immediate concern and the national interest and has to be taken care of before anything else ūüėí
ABC News Radio wrote: But as popular as Trump‚Äôs comments were among the crowd in Alabama, his comments have stoked controversy across the country. Hundreds of players, owners, and teams peacefully protested during the national anthem at last weekend‚Äôs games, far more than any other display to date.
Ryan, who counts himself as a co-owner of the Green Bay Packers, expressed his disapproval of players who have refused to stand during the anthem, many of whom are protesting police brutality and racial inequality.
‚ÄúThe national anthem, our flag and the people who defend it and represent it - that should be celebrated everywhere and always, and that's my opinion,‚ÄĚ Ryan said Tuesday.
As is generally the case, issues like this current one make people either go to the far right or far left. If only one would be willing to do some basic elementary research, it would help keep them in the center. Has anyone ever asked how or why the NFL came up with a rule regarding the anthem and how the players should behave themselves while it is being played? Do any of us know that this rule is a fairly recent one? How many of us know that for most of the NFL's history, the players remained in the locker room during the playing of the anthem? Well, why the change? MONEY!!! Yes lots of money. From who? you might be asking. From our loving caring friends who work for and run the industrial military complex.
I gave up on the NFL and college football years ago. I learned how Christians in Roman times stood against gladiator sports and saw the same kinds of base attractions in football...organized violence. I also noted that there is a strong female sensual side piece, making football with it's organized violence and female sensuality crafted to provoke or feed primary the lusts of the flesh and the eyes. Finally, NFL games are played primarily on Sunday, our day of rest. It is not the example I want for our child. Many professing Christians we know enjoy football and follow it closely. We are taking a 1 Peter 4:1-6 approach.
It is little wonder, then, that modern day gladiators are standing against the government under which they live. Is there nothing new under the sun? Were there not gladiator revolts in Rome?
ABC Radio News wrote: ‚ÄúUnfortunately, I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally,‚ÄĚ Villanueva said at a press conference on Monday. ‚ÄúEvery single time I see that picture of me, standing by myself, I feel embarrassed.‚ÄĚ
Villanueva appeared to stand firm on Sunday, holding his his hand over his heart as the song played, while his teammates remained in the tunnel behind him in protest of President Donald Trump‚Äôs recent criticism of players who "disrespect" the U.S.