At Least One NFL Owner 'Appreciates' Trump Weighing In On Anthem Protests

For the most part, the furor over the NFL National Anthem protests has subsided - but President Donald Trump isn’t letting it go. That’s because the protests continue to happen - albeit on a much smaller scale than when the debate over the issue was at a fever pitch - and there are no clear signs as to how much longer they’ll go on for. By this point, there’s not a whole lot that can be said to convince those that feel strongly about it - one way or the other - to see things differently.

Nonetheless, fans of the game continue to hold out hope that the matter can eventually be completely resolved and that the NFL will return to what it once was: an excellent source of escapism. For that to happen, there’s still plenty of progress that needs to be made, and league officials, owners, and players finally seem to be getting the message that they need to work together constructively to put the issue to bed once and for all.

One curious solution has been making the rounds, and that one captured the attention of POTUS. As Fox News Insider shares, he’s not real pleased with the idea, and he took to social media to say so.

“The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!” he wrote.

While that’s one way to handle things, it certainly does seem like a cop-out. Whatever issue it is that the players may have - and the answers to that are all over the map - there are much more constructive ways to get points across.

There’s certainly something to be said for the president allowing this situation to run its course without providing running commentary, but it also doesn’t seem like the NFL responds to the issue unless its feet are held to the fire.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is among those that welcome Trump’s input.

“I certainly think that the thing he is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better. There’s no question because of our visibility, our substantiveness, that we are looked to for social responsibility as well,” he said. “This is all part of what I’ve been talking about with the commissioner, and certainly I appreciate not only the president, but I want everybody to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Jones hit a number of interesting points there, including about the league’s overall visibility. By extension, players in the league have a ton of visibility, and that provides them with a huge jump start on a platform to get things done. Absolutely no one is preventing these players from dedicating their time - off the clock, of course - towards effecting change on the issues they are passionate about.

Those very actions just might have a snowball effect and become contagious, and even more folks will be inspired to do the same. Isn’t that a much more effective way of getting a point across?

Source: Fox News Insider
Photo: YouTube, Donald Trump/Twitter, Gage Skidmore/ Flickr

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