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In first comments on Kaepernick, Goodell wraps himself in the flag

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the Tennessee Titans chose Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks #2 overall during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made his first public comments about Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem. Goodell’s response proclaimed his own patriotism.

Asked about the issue by the Associated Press, Goodell acknowledged that Kaepernick is trying to affect positive change but indicated he doesn’t agree with the way Kaepernick is expressing himself.

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. . . . On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodell added that, “we have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great.”

By affirming that Kaepernick has the right not to stand, Goodell stands in contrast to the last sports league commissioner to deal with this issue: In 1996, NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for refusing to stand for the anthem.

But Goodell is ultimately doing what the NFL does in many things, right down to its red, white and blue logo: Wrapping the league up in the American flag.

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115 Responses to “In first comments on Kaepernick, Goodell wraps himself in the flag”
  1. tebowislife says: Sep 7, 2016 12:42 PM

    A smart move by Goodell. 90% of his league’s fan base supports the flag over Kaepernick.

  2. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 12:44 PM

    That’s about right. I doubt many people are against what Kaepernick thought he was drawing attention to, but the way he went about it was so stupid that I’m sure it generated ill-will as a side-effect. It’s like that South Park episode where Garrison convinced the KKK to side with the opposition…

  3. kurdishpats1 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:44 PM

    I respect Kaepernick wayyyy more than Goodell.

  4. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 7, 2016 12:45 PM

    I believe in Patriotism too!
    🙂

  5. txrawdog says: Sep 7, 2016 12:45 PM

    Nothin bad in that, it repsected Kap’s views but just said it didn’t like how he was handling it basically

  6. sixringslikeatelephone says: Sep 7, 2016 12:45 PM

    Goodell believes strongly in all American ideals.

    Except the democratic process.

    And checks and balances.

    And innocent until proven guilty.

    Wait.

  7. nflinvegas says: Sep 7, 2016 12:46 PM

    Mohammed Kaepernick doesn’t, and hates authority, now deal with him.

  8. xenova1 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:46 PM

    I thought Goodell was all about keeping the integrity of the game at all costs. Surprised Kaep didn’t get a fine or some other punishment.

  9. catquick says: Sep 7, 2016 12:47 PM

    As he should

  10. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 12:47 PM

    What a putz

  11. asthebeaver says: Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    NFL teams get paid millions of dollars by the Pentagon for their “patriotic” Support our Troops days. The only American value the NFL cares about is the dollar.

  12. chrisjohnston10 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    It’s a pretty funny situation. Last NBA playoffs, Dwyane Wade didn’t stand for Canadian Anthem and the NBA didn’t even bat an eye. Americans for the most part thought it was funny. Kaepernick doesn’t stand for the US anthem though and we get a news cycle spanning weeks…

  13. vr30 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    It is a league that is only popular in the United States. It has to be patriotic….

  14. whoisedgy says: Sep 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    Good move by Goodell. Why would he want to antagonize a fan base that by and large loves this country, what it stands, and it’s most visible symbols (flag and national anthem)? Not to say we’re a perfect society, but there is a reason millions of people move here from other countries every year.

  15. stepanup says: Sep 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    The First Amendment isn’t superseded by Article 46?

  16. torero71 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    This is the only country that loves football. I love this country and I love football. I would hope that the NFL would wrap itself around the American flag.

  17. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    thank God the season starts tomorrow and I wont have to hear about this again

  18. allseeingone says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    Goodell is stands at attention with his hand over his heart when his wife waves his paycheck in front of him. Most fans are patriotic so he is wrapping himself up with the Flag. If most fans were anti-America he would be burning it during halftime.

  19. jayhawk6 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    Roger–It is Kaepernick’s flag, too.

  20. randomguy9999 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM

    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer

  21. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 7, 2016 12:53 PM

    Someones lips are moving but aint nothing coming out……………

  22. abqhawk says: Sep 7, 2016 12:53 PM

    I think that’s the first intelligent thing that’s ever come out of Goodell’s mouth.

  23. tundey says: Sep 7, 2016 12:53 PM

    “… we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. ”

    That’s why some of our teams took money from the military to demonstrate that patriotism.

  24. tx526 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:54 PM

    Well said Roger. You acknowledged his right but still embraced the symbol of our country and the league.

  25. jjeastwald says: Sep 7, 2016 12:55 PM

    That’s good to hear.

    Now let’s get those patches on those Dallas uniforms so they can properly honor the police that lost their lives, and continue to lose lives fighting criminals, and mentally ill animals.

  26. orange and blue idoits says: Sep 7, 2016 12:55 PM

    Goodell is spot on in this case. He couldn’t alienate the largest demographic in the league but stopped short of agreeing with Colon. That said facts prove he’s a liar in other cases.

    And I don’t mind Colon speaking his mind. Refusing to stand speaks volumes.

  27. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    Defoine irony:
    Most of the people whining about Kaepernick not standing during the national anthem, will spend this coming Sunday, sprawled out in their favorite worn-out easy chair, probably in their underwear, with a plate of nachos in one hand and a cheap beer in the other, also sitting during the playing of the national anthem.

  28. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    Part of being a veteran and an informed citizen is that I have to respect the right of a dissenter to disrespect or even burn our flag and a duplicitous and a sanctimonious horse’s rear to wrap himself in it while the organization he represents profits from it. I don’t have to like either or respect their opinions but then that is simply me exercising my right to express myself, your opinion may differ and I respect your right to it.

  29. daysend564 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:58 PM

    Nobody cares what a backup QB chooses to do during the anthem

  30. thedoctlc says: Sep 7, 2016 12:58 PM

    As usual, he waited long enough to gauge public opinion before weighing in.

    Take your opportunistic patriotism and shove it, Fraudger.

  31. footballboozer says: Sep 7, 2016 12:58 PM

    Kaepernick better not get caught for jay walking, he’ll be suspended for 4 games!

  32. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    It’s not 1996 anymore. Different world out there. I don’t agree this is a way for Kaepernick to do things but nobody can stop him. thats sad in itself. Now if a black player stood up against blacks killing blacks in record numbers , that would be for a legit cause. On that issue people still have their heads buried in the sand.

  33. aljack88 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    If the crowned clown thought it was “detrimental to the integrity of the game”, could he or would he suspend any non-anthem standing players for xxx number of games?

  34. pskotte says: Sep 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    To my way of thinking the anthem and our flag represent the entirety of the values our country, not just a couple of selected issues. To disrespect them is therefore also to be sneering at the very things that make this country great. It is better to honor the country that provides for the free expression of controversial opinions, and then speak out against injustice using a different method. In other words stand up, and then stand up later.

  35. favreisadouche says: Sep 7, 2016 1:00 PM

    It’s not a flag issue people. If Goodell and the NFL are such Patriots and respect veterans why do they make the Armed Forces pay them to be present for ceremonies before games? THAT does not seem patriotic to me. Oh yeah, why is there no backlash on Brady removing the flag decal from his helmet?

  36. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 7, 2016 1:00 PM

    Goodell carefully said little, and really pandered to both sides. No shock there.

    The only shock to me, is that in 2016 – after everything we know about WHY the government got involved in Vietnam and the Middle East, HOW they contributed greatly to the crashes of 29′, 87′, and 08, and WHAT they did to unsuspecting AMERICAN citizens with MKUltra –
    that will people still cling to the the narrative that the government cares about them, and that soldiers are “fighting for our freedom” overseas.

    There’s a reason Americans are viewed as idiots by the rest of the world. There are actually people supporting Donald Trump. There are actually people supporting Hillary Clinton.

    Kaepernick is taking a popular stance, but maybe that’s why you and I should pay attention…

  37. collectordude says: Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM

    Agree with goodell.
    kaepernick is in for a long season on the bench.

  38. elwayfanj says: Sep 7, 2016 1:02 PM

    Since when is being patriotic a bad thing?

  39. gregerss says: Sep 7, 2016 1:02 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM
    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer
    ————————————————————-
    How exactly did he embarrass his employer? For taking a stance on a legitimate issue? Is he only allowed to live and breathe football 24/7? lol

  40. kuechlyisabeast says: Sep 7, 2016 1:04 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM

    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer

    _________________________________

    49ers should fire him. But not because of this. Simply fire him because he’s a terrible quarterback.

  41. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 7, 2016 1:04 PM

    when we try to make Goodell sound stupid when he doesn’t (eg comments above) we sound just snarky.

    Goodell’s an idiot and proves it 75% of the time when he opens his mouth we don’t need to embellish.

  42. bmorepositive123 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. . . . On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

    Isn’t this the same guy who charges our military hundreds of thousands of dollars for on field ceremonies cause they’re “advertisements”!?!?

  43. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 1:06 PM

    This is today’s America……read, reread, and reread again any public statement and look for exclusion….because almost everything is right, and all should be embraced and loved…………. Is this France? America will soon need a parent country to protect it.

  44. cfos00 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:07 PM

    This is about the worst hypocrisy I can imagine out of Goodell. This is a guy and a league that had to be publicly shamed to not charge the military money for ‘honoring’ them for years before games. You don’t get to play the patriotism card when you made the government pay you to put on shows of that patriotism before games. What complete and utter BS from Goodell.

  45. evrybdyhas1 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:09 PM

    Okay now post what Ben Watson has said on the issue and please move on to football.

  46. autoriot says: Sep 7, 2016 1:10 PM

    Good.

  47. upperdecker19 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:10 PM

    He sounds like Otter, from Animal House….

    “Well, you can do whatever you want Kaepernick, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth…the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!”

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    Corruption, lies, greed, charging the military hundreds of thousands for each flyby before a game, yeah you’re a real freakin’ patriot all right you tiny little worm of a man.

  49. upperdecker19 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:12 PM

    Chris Jackson > Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

  50. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 7, 2016 1:12 PM

    elwayfanj says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:02 PM
    Since when is being patriotic a bad thing?
    ————————

    Never, when it is genuine but a league that wraps itself in the flag while at the same time taking the government’s money to do fails to pass the bs test in that regard.

  51. sumkat says: Sep 7, 2016 1:13 PM

    gregerss says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:02 PM
    randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM
    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer
    ————————————————————-
    How exactly did he embarrass his employer? For taking a stance on a legitimate issue? Is he only allowed to live and breathe football 24/7? lol

    ____

    27/7? No, not at all. While he’s on the field in uniform, representing his employer? Yes, without a doubt.

  52. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 7, 2016 1:16 PM

    Imagine a white qb on the sideline with a Confederate flag…. How much support would that guy get for his right to his views? How many fellow athletes would stand up for him? Would Roger be so “Tolerant & respectful of his views”? All a sham

  53. packsupersoldier says: Sep 7, 2016 1:19 PM

    Don’t like Roger but I’m glad he supports patriotism.

  54. sdchicken says: Sep 7, 2016 1:21 PM

    Our country needs to learn how to have conversation without quickly escalating it to a fight. We don’t have to label everything and everyone. Healthy constructive conversation breeds understanding and positivity.

  55. mikejune says: Sep 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    I was at a MLB game the other day and I noticed that they did not stop selling beer during the National Anthem, nor did people stop buying it. I also noticed that nobody in line for the bathroom stopped and put their hands on their hearts, or stopped taking leaks. I noticed that many of the people who did stop and bow their heads were merely using that time as an excuse to look at their phones. And yet, not one person called out any of the beer purchasers, or the vendors, or anybody else. You would think that in a stadium of close to 10,000 people there would be at least a few real “patriots” there. Of course, that is in the real world…

  56. sopadegato says: Sep 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    I kind of feel dirty for it, but here’s hoping that Rodger goes all Judge Dredd for once.

  57. aj66shanghai says: Sep 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    Is there any possible combination of words he could have said that would make anyone happy? I doubt it.

    I think it is wise of the league to not try to stop him from sitting/kneeling. It will be a non-story soon enough and go away all on its own

  58. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 7, 2016 1:25 PM

    A patronizing moron. Top two selling shirts in NFL…Kaeperneck and Brady, Goodell must love that, because for the NFL all they really care about is the Benjamins.

  59. skinstowin says: Sep 7, 2016 1:26 PM

    Good for goodell. I agree 100% with him.

  60. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 1:27 PM

    Cue in Fan Boy Army, 3-2-1…………………………they hate Goodell even though he agrees with them that Kaep should be standing for the anthem.

    Hey FBA, when will you realize that Goodell does not work for you and his job is not to make you happy? Laughing loudly!

  61. minerniner says: Sep 7, 2016 1:29 PM

    If the NFL is so patriotic why would NFL teams charge the Dept of Defense $5.4 million over the last four years for patriotic displays. Hypocrite much?

  62. bordner says: Sep 7, 2016 1:30 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:56 PM

    Defoine irony:
    Most of the people whining about Kaepernick not standing during the national anthem, will spend this coming Sunday, sprawled out in their favorite worn-out easy chair, probably in their underwear, with a plate of nachos in one hand and a cheap beer in the other, also sitting during the playing of the national anthem.
    —————————–
    Kind of unrelated, but you just made me think of it. The bartender where I usually watch the games on Sunday always stops what she’s doing, puts her hand over her heart and faces the TV during the National Anthem. Usually everyone else in the bar does something similar, or at least keeps their mouths shut until the anthem is over. I wonder what we’ll see on Sunday?

  63. viesczyd says: Sep 7, 2016 1:33 PM

    Does Roger know that “patriotism” is about the ideals of a nation and that “nationalism” is about symbols? I bet not.

    I don’t know any patriot who doesn’t want life, liberty and happiness for all American citizens.

    I do there are a passel of nationalists who are all about “respecting” a rag on a stick.

  64. metalman5150 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:33 PM

    I really hope the Rams put it to Kaep and the 9’ers

  65. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:34 PM

    stepanup says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:49 PM

    The First Amendment isn’t superseded by Article 46?
    —————————

    According to two Federal Appeals Court Judges that shirked their responsibilities, all due process is superseded by Article 46.

  66. weepingjebus says: Sep 7, 2016 1:43 PM

    Third string QB vs third string Commish. The only way to settle this is a slap boxing matching refereed by Kluwe.

  67. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 7, 2016 1:47 PM

    Patriotism is stupidity.

  68. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:48 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM

    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer
    ———————–

    How has he embarrassed anyone?

    The 49ers should give him a bonus for distracting everyone from the reality that they are heading into the season with Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback.

  69. pantherpro says: Sep 7, 2016 1:49 PM

    Goodall is a moron. This has nothing to do with flag. I bet like that chump Trump he wants to send him to another country. DUMB and DUMBER.
    Go Kap proud of your stance and I know you love your country. We got you back!

  70. mack2x says: Sep 7, 2016 1:49 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    There’s a reason Americans are viewed as idiots by the rest of the world.

    Educate yourself on what the “the rest of the world’s” governments have done in the past and you might not be so critical of your own. Most of us that have been around really don’t give a rats behind what “the rest of the world” thinks.

  71. wolfgangvomframps says: Sep 7, 2016 1:49 PM

    Somebody should clue in the Commish that few things are as UNpatriotic as calling into question a person’s patriotism for expressing their First Amendment rights.

    Patriotism? Goodell has no understanding of that term.

  72. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:50 PM

    @elwayfanj – “Since when is being patriotic a bad thing?”.

    When people confuse “patriotism” with blind acceptance of authority.

    When people confuse “patriotism” with unquesting belief that police are 100% right all of the time.

  73. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 1:52 PM

    gregerss says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:02 PM
    randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:52 PM
    the 49ers should fire him, his job is to play football, not embarrass his employer
    ————————————————————-
    How exactly did he embarrass his employer? For taking a stance on a legitimate issue? Is he only allowed to live and breathe football 24/7? lol

    ———-
    But it wasn’t on his one time. Kaep can do whatever he wants when he is not working. At the stadium and during the games…..he is working.

  74. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:54 PM

    Didn’t that bozo just say the same thing that every other bozo has said?

    “I respect his right to freely express his opinions, but I don’t like how he chose to freely express his opinions.”

    At least he didn’t break out with this one:

    “OMG, by freely expressing his opinions, he totally disrespected members of the military industrial complex, who fought and died, so that he could freely express his opinions.”

  75. asparatame says: Sep 7, 2016 1:56 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Sep 7, 2016 12:56 PM
    Defoine irony:
    Most of the people whining about Kaepernick not standing during the national anthem, will spend this coming Sunday, sprawled out in their favorite worn-out easy chair, probably in their underwear, with a plate of nachos in one hand and a cheap beer in the other, also sitting during the playing of the national anthem.
    ——————————————————————–
    There’s nothing in the National Anthem code for standing when at a private residence, it is only in public. That being said, we stand here in our home.
    Even if it were, it’s not even ironic in the least. As you can tell by the video of him standing, waiting, then kneeling when the anthem begins, he’s making a political statement, which he freely admits. By the way, like it or not, large numbers of NFL viewers go to Church and get appropriately dressed for same. I don’t know any grown people who strip down to their drawers in the middle of the day.

  76. pioniere says: Sep 7, 2016 2:00 PM

    Easy for Roger to feel patriotic when he’s pulling down a $40-million annual salary.

  77. skinsjunkie says: Sep 7, 2016 2:01 PM

    If he isn’t going to stand for our National Anthem maybe he needs to go play Canadian football.

  78. charger383 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:04 PM

    All new contracts should have a clause in them requiring players to follow customs and traditions of the game

  79. upper23 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:05 PM

    Ok so he made a point by not standing up. Oppression of minorities, then it was police brutality. Whatever his issue is.
    I had an employer who used to say dont come into my office complaining to me, come in here with solutions to problems. What exactly is he complaining about, what are his solutions? Does he have facts? Has he identified actual problems?
    It’s easy to make some broad statement on things you know little about, but hard to come up with answers on how to fix problems.

  80. abninf says: Sep 7, 2016 2:08 PM

    vr30 says:

    It is a league that is only popular in the United States. It has to be patriotic….
    ====================================

    That must be in my travels literally around the world more than once, I’ve seen people wearing Dallas Cowboys gear in probably every country.

  81. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:09 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:47 PM
    Patriotism is stupidity.
    ______________________

    Apparently they do not teach the difference between patriotism and nationalism at your church.

  82. dbfan4ever says: Sep 7, 2016 2:10 PM

    If he isn’t going to stand for our National Anthem maybe he needs to go play Canadian football.
    ———————————————————————–
    good idea except for the fact that you only get three downs in the CFL. I think Kaep needs even more than the four that he gets in the NFL.

  83. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Sep 7, 2016 2:11 PM

    I was against Kap leading up to Goodell speaking about it. But I’m almost 100% against anything Roger stands for. So now I feel like most of the NFL should take a knee during the anthem to protest that dingleberry at 345 park ave…

  84. gb15class says: Sep 7, 2016 2:12 PM

    1. Sitting is reasonably viewed as disrespectful
    2. Kneeling is a universal sign of respect. I respect that.
    3. If we need to dictate symbols attached to games and sports, we’ve missed the point of real commitment to citizenship.

  85. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 7, 2016 2:12 PM

    Goodell’s not about pariotism, he’s about Patriots schisms

  86. raideralex99 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:13 PM

    What no suspension?
    But you suspend a player for having a beer in his own home … yup makes sense.

  87. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 7, 2016 2:19 PM

    The easy road doesn’t require courage. The weakest of the weak can travel on that road.

  88. mack2x says: Sep 7, 2016 2:19 PM

    politiciansareallthesame says:
    thank God the season starts tomorrow and I wont have to hear about this again

    –If only that was true.

  89. eloso1 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:26 PM

    I know people aren’t gonna want to hear the ugly truth but the amount of subconscious white supremacy and racism on these boards(and America in general) is truly sad. You don’t empathize because you don’t share their perspectives.

    All that ever happens is white people create a counter narrative whenever black people talk about injustice, police brutality and race. Rather then have honest discussions about the injustices they are protesting, you’re concerned about the method of protest. If only Colin Kaepernick protested in a way you approved of, would you then listen? Nope, because you wouldn’t even hear it.

    Don’t lose track of what he is saying here. There are millions of americans that don’t think our country respects them or listens to them. If you don’t get respect, why should you give respect. By speaking out for many Americans who’s voices aren’t heard or listened to, he’s saying as much. Perhaps it’s time to listen.

  90. whodatnhollywood says: Sep 7, 2016 2:26 PM

    Goodell is so patriotic he charged the military for salutes to us US veterans.

  91. rcali says: Sep 7, 2016 2:30 PM

    It’s very simple, the NFL should tell these guys that they can protest all they want outside their job but while in their uniforms, on their fields, in their office buildings, keep your views on the country to yourself. Go ahead and protest the U.S. while your at your job today. See how well that goes.

  92. nj9er says: Sep 7, 2016 2:32 PM

    How can he go against the flag? The owners make millions on charging the military to be saluted during games.

  93. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:32 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:08 PM
    That must be in my travels literally around the world more than once, I’ve seen people wearing Dallas Cowboys gear in probably every country.
    ___________________

    Bad taste knows no boundaries

  94. radrntn says: Sep 7, 2016 2:35 PM

    God Bless the USA!

  95. orange and blue own the nfl says: Sep 7, 2016 2:45 PM

    I’d rather wrap myself in the flag than in lies like “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

  96. haywoodjablomey says: Sep 7, 2016 2:45 PM

    The NFL is so patriotic that it gladly charges the military millions of dollars in exchange for the military displays on the fields at games – all the while leaving the impression that it “welcomes” the military presence, yet all a guise for the all mighty dollar. The NFL is so patriotic, it falsely claimed that it was a non-profit until last year, just to avoid tax burden’s. Goodell speaks the truth about whatever he thinks people want to hear…

  97. gregerss says: Sep 7, 2016 2:46 PM

    Good thing that Kaep couldn’t care less what detractors think. I’m sorry, but standing up and singing the national anthem doesn’t make you more american than someone that doesn’t stand, no matter what many of you think.

    There’s a bunch of sheep on here. People here are say that he embarrassed his employer because he didn’t stand and that he should’ve stood, because he was “at work”. How else was he supposed to present his protest? Only saying something in a interview wouldn’t be a protest. To protest, someone has to actually take action. He took action.

    This isn’t a communist government and organizations aren’t run that way either. Because of that, he can stand or sit if chooses, even if he’s at work. Nice try, but thanks for playing.

  98. Chris says: Sep 7, 2016 2:47 PM

    “And I will continue to wrap myself in the flag, even while I export games overseas.”

    – R. Goodell

  99. kissmysandwich says: Sep 7, 2016 2:49 PM

    The NFL has been paid millions by the Feds to promote the armed forces. What do you think the Goodell-bot is going to say?

  100. brant76 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:53 PM

    I think the issue with his body posture during the anthem has become a bit overblown. Yes, the flag is the symbol of our country. While he is not standing and saluting the flag, he is also not burning or desecrating it. Could he have handled this better? Certainly. For starters he should have come out and said what he was doing and why before sitting during the anthem. I credit him for taking a stand for what he believes in at a time when his career is on the ropes and for putting his money where his mouth is. The action plan could have looked a little more proactive than reactive and resulted in better optics. I say this as a Raider fan and someone who has never thought much of Kaep as a QB, but I do give him credit for using his platform and celebrity for something positive even if it put a target on his back. My only criticism is that it probably could’ve been handled a little better.

  101. jonwill57 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:54 PM

    And how much $$$ did said patriotic league and its owners refund back to the military for charging for those “welcome home” reunions for troops? His patriotism is wrapped in green dollars, not the flag.

  102. upper23 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:56 PM

    Some people need to do a little research on what freedom of speech really means. It means you have the right to say what you want as long as it doesn’t endanger others. “yelling fire in a theatre” It doesn’t mean you are free from repercussions. i.e. getting fired from your job. So if you say the wrong thing you can get fired, just not go to jail.

  103. skawh says: Sep 7, 2016 3:00 PM

    Of course he wraps himself in the flag…that’s what Republican’s do. They’re all for the poor serving. Where was Goodell, and the Kaep critics when it was time to serve. AWOL?

  104. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:05 PM

    @gregerss – You are so correct about these sheep. Continually amazed by these people’s unquestioned acceptance of any type of alleged authority.

    There are way too many examples, but let’s take just one: Quoting or referencing the “flag code”, the US flag statutes. Who should possibly care how a flag is supposed to be displayed, folded, illuminated, etc.? Do we realize how absolutely archaic and asinine it is to be concerned about such things?

    If you’re wrapped up in the flag you’re mind controlled by authority, you just don’t realize it.

  105. dcpatfan says: Sep 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    Eloso1,
    Excellent post.
    These wingers (including goddell) want to give us the impression if we just protest by chanting “BLM” or “can’t we all get along” and other tom and jerry rice-isms, that all ‘o sudden the walls of oppression and bigotry are gonna come tumbling down! Nobody of color should be that stupid.

  106. skawh says: Sep 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    eloso1 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:26 PM
    I know people aren’t gonna want to hear the ugly truth but the amount of subconscious white supremacy and racism on these boards(and America in general) is truly sad. You don’t empathize because you don’t share their perspectives.

    All that ever happens is white people create a counter narrative whenever black people talk about injustice, police brutality and race. Rather then have honest discussions about the injustices they are protesting, you’re concerned about the method of protest. If only Colin Kaepernick protested in a way you approved of, would you then listen? Nope, because you wouldn’t even hear it.

    Don’t lose track of what he is saying here. There are millions of americans that don’t think our country respects them or listens to them. If you don’t get respect, why should you give respect. By speaking out for many Americans who’s voices aren’t heard or listened to, he’s saying as much. Perhaps it’s time to listen.
    ——-
    That’s the most eloquent comment I’ve ever read regarding the black-white relationship in america. You said a mouth full!!! Hat’s off to you.

  107. harveyredman says: Sep 7, 2016 3:34 PM

    upperdecker19 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 1:10 PM
    He sounds like Otter, from Animal House….

    “Well, you can do whatever you want Kaepernick, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth…the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!”
    ______________________________

    But it’s cool if Trump talks about how much America sucks. That’s all good though.

    Kaep says things need to change and he’s demonized, and Trump badmouths America for the last year and says things need to change and he’s a hero.

  108. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 7, 2016 3:37 PM

    The government and the media sure has done a number on this country. Never before have people been so divided. Obama does literally nothing to stop it and neither will the next President. God help us when people are confused about whether or not patriotism is a good thing. That should be the one thing that unites us all regardless of other differences.

  109. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 7, 2016 3:48 PM

    In a country with over 300 million people, well over a million cops and billions of crimes, the entire country is losing it’s collective mind over a tiny handful of incidents. Keep saying there’s a problem and eventually people will believe it.

  110. mrmcdougle says: Sep 7, 2016 4:01 PM

    In a country with over 300 million people, well over a million cops and billions of crimes, the entire country is losing it’s collective mind over a tiny handful of incidents. Keep saying there’s a problem and eventually people will believe it.
    ———-

    First, it’s not a tiny handful of incidents. Second, it’s a problem. Third, when you close your eyes the rest of the world doesn’t vanish.

  111. steelcurtainn says: Sep 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    Goodell should wrap himself in bubble wrap and ship his self out as commissioner instead of the flag.

  112. ladyjet says: Sep 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    Pats fans hilarious, siding with Kap over the Commissioner. Guess they’ll never get over the golden boy being taken to the woodshed.

  113. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:54 PM

    ladyjet says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    Pats fans hilarious, siding with Kap over the Commissioner. Guess they’ll never get over the golden boy being taken to the woodshed.
    ————————–

    It has nothing to do with choosing sides. It’s just that Goodell is lying scumbag.

    Of course a Jets fan is going to side with him, since the Jets are under his protection.

  114. melikefootball says: Sep 7, 2016 6:53 PM

    It is Gödel not Goodel, that was the most hypocrital speech ever given. To speak in circles and try your best to pacify the masses is unacceptable. Colin has a beef with police, then go to the police, disrespecting the symbol of this country is shameful. Having fly overs and having the color guard marching the flag on the field with a giant flag in middle of field continues to show the disrespect the NFL has for the ones putting their lives on the line so they can play a game. Doing nothing to Colin tells it all.

  115. coachglove says: Sep 8, 2016 12:26 AM

    Let me clear some things up for a few of the posters: 1) The NFL didn’t take any money from the government – some/most of the teams did…they are separate organizations; 2) US law requires that equitable compensation be provided when goods or services are rendered which provide a material benefit to the US government. These laws were passed to prohibit coercion by the state. There are limited exceptions. Congress has passed a budget which includes funding for branches of the military (as well as other departments) to advertise. The ONLY LEGAL PURPOSE for that money is to advertise. If you have a problem with the military sponsoring an NFL team/game or NASCAR team you need to call your member of Congress. That money would not be saved if it wasn’t spent on NFL advertising it would simply be spent elsewhere. The NFL can allow a color guard to perform or a military band perform without charging them and generally, they weren’t. The government is REQUIRED to pay for other advertising in the stadium and they are required to pay fair market value.

    As for this:

    eloso1 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 2:26 PM

    Don’t lose track of what he is saying here. There are millions of americans that don’t think our country respects them or listens to them. If you don’t get respect, why should you give respect. By speaking out for many Americans who’s voices aren’t heard or listened to, he’s saying as much. Perhaps it’s time to listen.
    _____________________________

    Why should you give respect when you don’t get respect? Because it is the right thing to do. Because you aren’t asking your SUPPORTERS to change and change happens from within. When external forces attempt to act on a “community”, the community resists. The most successful drivers of change in human history have inherently understood this and used it to their advantage. MLK didn’t drive change solely by walking or being arrested…he ALSO has hundreds of phone calls and meetings with WHITE political leaders to negotiate the change and allow those leaders to help drive the change and help people save face, which is an important part of the change process. Why should he give respect? Because the people whose minds he wants to change are not hearing his message…they are only seeing his form of protest and tuning him out. For the record, most folks do respect him..but his act indiscriminately disrespects everyone…regardless of whether they were disrespectful to him. He is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

    As a veteran, I will echo what many other veterans have said – I kinda don’t care. I think it is a silly form of protest that is turning out to be counter-productive. What most miss about us veterans who are commenting on this is that we saw a cause (our country) and we signed the dotted line, put our butts in harms way, and rolled up our sleeves to get the job done. We didn’t sit or kneel and we didn’t make it someone else’s problem to fix. I see his actions as the equivalent of a FB rant…it looks like advocacy, but it really isn’t. I’m sure he means well, but if the desired end result is change – a whole lot of people a lot more experienced with change are telling him that he is going about it the wrong way.

    I don’t need to listen to him or you or the media…and you seem to miss that. I am a well spoken, thoughtful, compassionate man (as I believe most of my fellow Americans are) and I am perfectly capable of making up my own mind about the current status of racial disharmony in America. The thing about empathy is that it means I am able to put myself in others’ shoes even when I haven’t actually walked in them. You’re right – (I have never experienced life as a black man. I can’t do anything about that. I do trust my friends who have and have told me of their experiences and that is enough for me to understand the problem. I don’t need to be lectured about it and lecturing me won’t actually solve your issue. When I see racism in my life, I react in meaningful ways. You know how I fight racism? By not judging people by their race. I worry about what I can control, which is who I’m friends with, who I work for, who I interact with, and who I vote for. I don’t need an NFL QB to tell me what’s wrong with America. If he wants to fix things, he should skip the protest and put on a uniform or join a police oversight commission, or (as he announced AFTER being spoken to by a former Green Beret), by committing financial resources to those who will use them to fight those injustices daily. Sitting during the anthem does literally nothing to solve the problems. We are ALLLLL aware of what he believes the problems are. We watch the same news and see the same stories he does. Not one mind will be changed by a man sitting during the national anthem…that just isn’t how it works.

    Metaphorically slapping Americans across the face isn’t gonna make them wanna hear what you have to say or take your side. But, I certainly respect his right to do as he pleases. I also respect his right to pay the price financially, emotionally, and in terms of public perception as a result of his choice. I know I was willing to pay the price for my choice. That’s the deal.

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