As my good pal Isaac Newton is famous for saying, “For ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Colin Kaepernick, flailing, fumbling, stumbling quarterback of the once great 49ers, decided to take a stand. Er…knee, over how horrible the US of A has treated its black Americans. By protesting the national anthem. While casually ignoring his millionaire status. And millionaire status of other black Americans. Oh snap, “people of color.” No worries, Colin would’ve missed that snap. It’s good he’s kneeling.
Turns out those protests of Colin are something Isaac Newton predicted. Yes that science reference was there for a reason. According to pollster Rasmussen Reports, nearly 1/3rd of NFL viewers have decided to use their “off” button when it comes to game time:
Nearly one-third (32 percent) of adults say they’re less likely to watch NFL game telecasts because of the Kaepernick-led player protests against racial injustice, according to Rasmussen’s telephone/online survey of 1,000 American adults conducted Oct. 2-3.
Only 13 percent said they were more likely to watch an NFL game because of continuing protests by Kaepernick and supporters such as Antonio Cromartie of the Colts (who was cut only two days after raising a fist during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in London on Sunday).
Let’s do some math here. 32 percent minus 13 percent is 19 percent. Which means this little protest is doing more harm than bringing home the pigskin. The NFL, despite their “not for profit status” (I know, I LOL at that too), wants to make cash-o-la to continue operating. It’s not science so much as it’s math.
The NFL makes fat stacks on its advertisements. See also every single Super Bowl which has advertisers paying out the gold-studded ring-pierced nose to buy ad space. Well if viewership is down, by as high as one third, that’s a big uh oh. Money is being lost. Lots of it.
Guess what else? Colin’s little temper tantrum is harming others in the NFL. So yes, while Kaepernick has the right to protest all he wants, there are repercussions for more than just him and his team. Like everyone else in the NFL who isn’t being a protesting, dingleberry, mouth-breathing turd-licker. More players than not are standing for the anthem. Doesn’t matter, though. Americans are taking a stand of their own, voting with their dollar via their viewership. Because as we all know, it’s the bad eggs who ruin it for everyone. And to be fair, if enough pressure was put on Colin to stop screwing it up for everyone else… well, maybe he wouldn’t be such a sucky quarterback who felt the need to be relevant once again.
Americans have the right to watch what they want to watch. And turn off what they find offensive. It’s a two-way street, Mr. Kaepernick. As for the NFL, perhaps it’s time they start writing some rules about anthem protests. While they still have an NFL.
We were very lucky to have Colin Kaepernick on our show. Time-stamped video below. Just watch it. You won’t regret it.