What huge American company is the NFL’s largest sponsor? The Ford Motor Company. Well, Ford has put out a statement supporting NFL players who disrespect the American flag, the American nation itself, and the American military men and women who have sacrificed so much and continue to put their lives on the line so that whiny, yet privileged, players can make their millions.
The statement, released by Ford on Monday, read, “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”
Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, set off the protest of kneeling while the United States national anthem is played, during the 2016 NFL preseason. The kneeling gesture was based on a belief that the United States is a horrible racist nation that oppresses “people of color” at every turn, and that American police are especially wicked in this regard.
With a new football season now underway, some NFL players have decided to keep the national anthem protests going, which in turn resulted in President Trump strongly criticizing these NFL players during a September 22nd speech in Alabama, when he said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
The liberal media, existing in a bubble that segregates them from the thoughts of regular Americans, thought they had a winning issue to go after the president. A flood of mainstream media stories attacking the president were published, and commentaters on such liberal networks as MSNBC and ESPN lit into the president for his words.
Of course, there was a problem – most Americans agreed with Trump! Results of polls indicate that a solid majority of Americans believe NFL players should stand for the national anthem.
It is interesting to see how the Ford Motor Company suddenly finds the issue of free speech for NFL players so important, since it was not that long ago that they had nothing to say when another group of NFL players wanted to exercise their right to free speech and were shut down by the NFL.
In August of 2016, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to honor five police officers murdered in Dallas by a Black Lives Matter supporter. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, blocked them from doing so. Where was the Ford Motor Company then? Why did Ford see fit to remain silent when the NFL quashed the attempt of an NFL team to show support for slain police officers?
The management of Ford should be ashamed. Their hypocrisy is overwhelming. Maybe some regular Americans will choose to express themselves by tuning out the NFL and shopping for their next car somewhere else.