The hot topic of the past week? The position of athletes’ knees during the national anthem. Some professional footballers decided to bring their politics onto the field. Alienating a lot of their fans in the process. But, I’ve got a bit of decent news for you ex-NFL lovers. If you’re looking for a new sport, look no further than the NBA. Their commissioner made it clear he won’t stand for any anthem tomfoolery.
On the eve of the NBA’s first preseason games, the league office issued a memo to all 30 teams restating an existing rule requiring personnel to stand for the national anthem and suggesting alternative ways for players to express their political and social views, per ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about it at Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting.“We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem,” he said. “It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”
Most excellent, my good man!
Frankly, if the NFL players want to kneel, we’re not stopping them. They can kneel, and we can call them douchemeisters for doing it. Just like we’ve been doing. At the same time, a league has every right to prohibit their players from being anti-American asshats while they’re on the clock. As the NBA chose to do here.
The butt-dumplings in the NFL are alienating their most loyal fans with their trendy social justice causes. The cross-country bonfires of merchandise are a testament to that. But, fret not. The NBA is more happy the fill the void the NFL leaves. Ask and the free market shall provide.
The NFL seems to think their fanbase is predominately non-binary genderqueer leftists who think the po-po are serial killers and America sucks. This week’s proven otherwise. Some of the players and coaches are even backtracking now to save their own asses. You’re likely to see more of that in the near future. Especially now that there’s a non-America-hating alternative to grab sports fans’ attention.
While we’re on the subject: