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Jim Nantz on a hot mic expresses cynical view of anthem protests

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos takes a knee during the National Anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

A week after the ultimate dangers of a hot mic became obvious, raw audio from a recent NFL Network football broadcast has emerged in a manner that may cause a little consternation for Jim Nantz, the NFL’s No. 1 play-by-play voice.

Prior to the September 29 game between the Dolphins and Bengals on Thursday Night Football, Nantz said this regarding the anthem protesters, via Deadspin.com: “They’re gonna keep kneeling as long as they have cameras right in their face.”

Several days after that, CBS studio analyst Boomer Esiason wondered during his WFAN radio show (via SportsBusiness Daily) whether the league is telling its broadcast partners, “Enough already, we’re not showing this anymore.”

Esiason suggested that ESPN possibly had been avoiding televising players kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem, and he argued that CBS wouldn’t avoid it.

On Thursday night, CBS didn’t show any of the anthem protests before the game. Later, however, CBS displayed a recording of Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeling during the anthem and a group of Chargers players raising a fist, with commentary from Nantz regarding the ongoing situation.

At the outset of the fourth quarter, Nantz and CBS took a right turn from the game to point out that several players showed respect and deference to another traditional expression of love of country.

“By the way, a  lot of discussion and scrutiny about the national anthem,” Nantz said. “Just to be fair here, during the quarter change they played God Bless America. Philip Rivers, in the middle of a drive, he paused and was singing. You see in the background, Melvin Ingram along with Jatavis Brown with their hands over their heart.”

“Good sight,” Phil Simms added.

The exchange, along with Nantz’s suggestion that “fairness” in some way required the footage to be shown, could be interpreted as an effort to underscore the perception that those who stand for the anthem (or who sing God Bless America) are patriotic — and that those who don’t aren’t.

The protesting players (and many others) believe that there’s nothing unpatriotic about exercising the right to protest the anthem. It’s easier to argue that the protesters lack patriotism when starting with the premise that the players are doing it simply for attention and not because of deeper issues and concerns.

The notion that it’s a look-at-me gesture obscures the reality that the issue began when Colin Kaepernick sat for the anthem during a pair of preseason games and no one noticed because he wasn’t in uniform. That theory also includes a degree of cynicism that undermines the message Kaepernick and others are trying to send regarding the treatment of African-Americans and people of color by some (not all or most or many but some) police officers and regarding the training requirements that allow a person to serve on the front lines of law enforcement with a badge and a gun.

It’s unclear when the protests will end, but the idea that they will last only as long as cameras are present to capture them suggests that the concerns motivating the process aren’t real or genuine. Which in turn suggests that anyone who believes this hasn’t been paying attention — or simply doesn’t accept as credible the concept that the players are protesting for any reason other than the glorification of themselves.

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89 Responses to “Jim Nantz on a hot mic expresses cynical view of anthem protests”
  1. riflemanlax says: Oct 14, 2016 11:42 AM

    Man, why couldn’t Simms have said something bad so he could get canned?

  2. eojtrid says: Oct 14, 2016 11:43 AM

    Oh no!

  3. vavikingfan says: Oct 14, 2016 11:45 AM

    And super patriots Boomer, Jim and Phil and countless others never wore the uniform of this country like so many of us did.

  4. delmonte55 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:45 AM

    Seems like your saying you must show them kneeling, but focussing on others that are not or have their hands over their heart is not right? Your point of view is confusing at the least, wrong at the most, liberal always.

  5. iamkillerfin says: Oct 14, 2016 11:46 AM

    Exactly quit filming these IDIOTS!!!

  6. bradjames33160 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:46 AM

    Uh oh, the social justice warriors are having a hissy fit right now. Heaven forbid that someone should have a differing view.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    America was founded on protest. Its one of the single most “American” things you can engage in.

    Just as anyone has the right to disagree with what is being protested.

  8. bassplucker says: Oct 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    He’s absolutely right.

  9. bkostela says: Oct 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    The notion that it’s a look-at-me gesture obscures the reality that the issue began when Colin Kaepernick sat for the anthem during a pair of preseason games and no one noticed because he wasn’t in uniform.
    ___________________

    THIS

  10. thelastwordyaheard says: Oct 14, 2016 11:49 AM

    Nantz is spot-on

  11. flybirdhaters27 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:49 AM

    Nantz is so boring and overrated. Please fire him instead. His monotone style needs to go. Anybody is better than Nantz.

  12. insightfulcomments says: Oct 14, 2016 11:50 AM

    Actually Nantz was the one that commented on the people who were kneeling last night. I didn’t think it was necessary to do so and thought it was odd that he had to name them, i would have thought the video was sufficient at this point.

    Mostly I thought he sucked because he didn’t kniw that once a punt is touched by the kickimg team it can still be touched by the return team without a turnover. Embarrassing.

  13. djstat says: Oct 14, 2016 11:52 AM

    It is unpatriotic but they have the right to be unpatriotic and I agree with Nantz. Stop showing it. Send these guys to serve like Pat Tilman did…then they can complain

  14. neil0311 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:53 AM

    Let’s be clear here. Having the right to do something means you can’t be arrested for it, but that doesn’t make it right or patriotic. So kneeling of holding your fist in the air is your right, but I would not call it a patriotic act.

  15. najacoo22 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    Nantz has a point. And why else would Kaepernick do it, if not for attention? He knew he would get publicity for it. He says he wanted to bring attention to the cause.

    The only question is whether he wanted that attention for the cause, or for himself.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    If these guys think there are cops out there who are hunting down black people to murder them and that they aren’t being trained well enough, I have a suggestion. Maybe they could give up their lucrative football careers, go to the police academy, see for themselves how much training these officers get, and then put themselves out there on the front lines to protect and serve.

  17. bulldog says: Oct 14, 2016 11:56 AM

    Protesting the flag is the exact OPPOSITE of patriotism

  18. xevious02 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:56 AM

    Which is worse, media believing players aren’t genuine, or media going out of their way to make excuse that the ratings plunges has nothing to do with it? kinda hypocritical.

  19. niners816 says: Oct 14, 2016 11:57 AM

    Here’s the thing: they aren’t doing anything while they’re protesting. Kneeling, raising your fist or whatever goofy thing you’re doing is doing nothing. You’re taking a knee and raising your fist and then…….what? Disrespecting the individuals who fought for your freedom so you can in turn, disrespect them. Man, you guys are true heroes for that! What a bunch of overpaid, spineless turds. If you want to make a difference, go donate that oh so oppressed money that you have no problem making and spend it on the things you feel you’re taking a knee for. Please get rid of Simms, too. He’s about as bad as Joe Buck and Thom Brennaman.

  20. jackedupboonie says: Oct 14, 2016 11:58 AM

    Nantz went out of his way to show his thoughts on the subject. Well can him and get siri robots to announce this Thursday night trash.

  21. fwippel says: Oct 14, 2016 12:00 PM

    So Nantz is getting called out for telling the truth, politically incorrect as it may be?

    Oh, the shame!

    Seriously, good for Nantz for telling it like it is; I’m sure SeeBS would have canned him if he had said it over the air.

    If these players want to effect change, there are self-serving (aka attention grabbing) ways to do that, and effective ways (that may or may not be attention grabbing) to do that. Right now, these guys are stuck on the attention they’re getting.

  22. widerightyouloseagain says: Oct 14, 2016 12:01 PM

    I’m not a fan of Nantz but he nailed it.

  23. jn213 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:03 PM

    Man, why couldn’t Simms have said something bad so he could get canned?

    The sad part is that these players are rightfully expressing their freedom despite it being offensive to millions. If Simms or anyone in broadcasting expressed any negative words that are offensive towards the players they WOULD be canned.
    Equality should be for everyone in my eyes.

  24. maust1013 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:03 PM

    I don’t agree with Nantz’s viewpoint but I can understand where it comes from. Have to credit some of his cynicism to the narcissistic age we are in. The fact that we live in an everyone gets a trophy but hey look at me age does not mean that there aren’t still people with genuine intent. I am inclined to lend positive consideration to the motivations of any player that doesn’t wear pig socks or speak out about oppression while wearing a Castro shirt.

  25. nobleeding says: Oct 14, 2016 12:06 PM

    Jim Nantz is just a hairpiece and some makeup. There will never be a day when I take my views on a complex issue such as race and law enforcement from Kaepernick or Nantz.

  26. bigotshamer says: Oct 14, 2016 12:06 PM

    Nantz and Simms are relics.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 14, 2016 11:54 AM
    If these guys think there are cops out there who are hunting down black people to murder them and that they aren’t being trained well enough, I have a suggestion. Maybe they could give up their lucrative football careers, go to the police academy, see for themselves how much training these officers get, and then put themselves out there on the front lines to protect and serve.
    ———-

    Who cares about training when it is put to use when White men go so far as to point guns at cops and still get apprehended and taken alive, while the cops abandon training and kill unarmed Black men?

    Nice try.

  28. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:11 PM

    bulldog says:
    Oct 14, 2016 11:56 AM
    Protesting the flag is the exact OPPOSITE of patriotism

    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    But the act of protesting is the exact definition of LIBERTY

  29. gibbskins9 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:13 PM

    He would be correct. You don’t like this country please LEAVE

  30. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 14, 2016 12:14 PM

    @djstat
    Using Pat Tilman as validation for your criticism is kind of baseless. Tilman was killed by friendly fire – which opens up a whole OTHER argument… but I digress.

    If you don’t understand why they are doing it, seeing them do it on camera likely won’t change your opinion on things. If you take time to study their reason for the protest, as they have stated it, you will realize that this protest will carry on with or without cameras.

  31. norseyapper says: Oct 14, 2016 12:14 PM

    He is exactly right. Other than media driven drama the “statement” being made by these players is irrelevant, at least regarding any meaningful impact on the situation they are concerned about.
    Much of their argument is gathered from misrepresentations and falsehoods. If they want to make a difference, seek the truth. Give of your time and energy to learn more about what is really happening. Then take what you’ve learned into your communities and be a part of the solution.

  32. tonebones says: Oct 14, 2016 12:21 PM

    Kaepernick supports the police and thinks they should receive better training. Innocent people are being gunned down, and innocent cops are being killed. I think 100% of people also support those views. Everyone likes cops, right? I guess I’m missing something here. I don’t understand why anyone would not want our police to be safer. The poor decisions by a small handful of poorly trained cops, have put every cops’ life in danger. So is Nance saying that Phillip Rivers is protesting that? Rivers doesn’t care if cops’ lives are put in danger? Rivers didn’t say that. I guess you can spin this stuff in any direction you want. No wonder we’re so divided.

  33. jo6pack says: Oct 14, 2016 12:24 PM

    Well, I mean.. when WILL the protesting end? When X amount of people are killed by police instead of Y? Like what’s the end goal here?

    Thanks for bringing attention to it, Kaep, because you know the protests in Ferguson didn’t or something, but I just don’t get what exactly they’re looking for before they say ‘oh, okay, I’m satisfied now’ and end their protest.

  34. sportsfan178 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:24 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 11:48 AM
    America was founded on protest. Its one of the single most “American” things you can engage in.

    Just as anyone has the right to disagree with what is being protested.

    Americans protested to break away from British rulers! So are the protesters to break away from U S gov’t

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:27 PM

    “. You don’t like this country please LEAVE”

    So in a country that has freedom of speech and expression as a guaranteed right, you think someone should leave the country because you don’t agree with them?

    Communists and fascists are proud of you.

  36. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Oct 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    If I had to choose between an anthem kneeler or a Trump enthusiast as a babysitter for my kid, I’d go with the kneeler.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    gibbskins9 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:13 PM
    He would be correct. You don’t like this country please LEAVE
    ———–

    I would love to hear your take if things were completely opposite to how they are, as an obviously White male saying this.

    I love when you guys pull this line.

  38. margoadams says: Oct 14, 2016 12:30 PM

    Protesters like BLM & those kneeling are protesting a false narrative built by Obama and his army of Marxist Social Justice Warriors.
    There’s bad people in all walks of society. Especially in the formally called Democrat Party aka Communist Party.

  39. dansardo says: Oct 14, 2016 12:31 PM

    Kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful but its not “unpatriotic” as various butt-heads like Ditka believe.

    I’ve gone back and forth about what I think about the whole thing. In general, I know think that it was a good thing that an issue that is a big problem and probably has been a big problem for a long time started to get some discussion.

    but enough already with this particular gesture. Don’t drop the issue but find another way to keep people’s attention on it. This way has already begun to lose its impact.

  40. patriot420blog says: Oct 14, 2016 12:32 PM

    Police departments are correct we have a lot of stupid Americans in this country that don’t want to face that fact also more white people are killed by police officers than colored people these are facts

  41. bradjames33160 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:33 PM

    I’m a media person myself and yes, I lean right, for the most part. With that said, if any of us said this on a hot mic, we’re subject to firing. It’s not OK for some segments of this society to express their opinions. We’re unequally yoked in this society. I don’t think that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

  42. sjl1970 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:33 PM

    BFD, sitting/kneeling, whatever, all hollow if actions to try and remedy the issues aren’t following.

  43. factschecker says: Oct 14, 2016 12:35 PM

    I find it much more patriotic to try to see the other point of view and fix wrongs that need to be righted then to pretend that everything is just great all the time since it doesn’t effect me personally.

    The protest was never about anti American or even anti Police. This was all a protest about bad policy that allow bad police (who break the rules) to keep working and going unpunished when they did wrong. There is no policy in place to stop a bad cop from transferring and continuing to work as a bad cop.

    -The son of a retired Police officer. (And no. No it does not make me an expert on Police in America. But it does give me some perspective.)

  44. bulldog says: Oct 14, 2016 12:37 PM

    If a player kneels in the forest do the ratings fall

  45. bengalsofthenorth says: Oct 14, 2016 12:38 PM

    You can argue all you want that kneeling or protesting during the anthem is unpatriotic.

    You are wrong.

  46. meatruegenius says: Oct 14, 2016 12:39 PM

    All Lives Matter. Drop the gun!

  47. rcali says: Oct 14, 2016 12:43 PM

    The last few years I’d likely watch a bad Thursday night game over a baseball playoff game. Not so much after the action-less protests. That Dodger game was awesome. Sorry for those of you watching the protests. Thoughts and prayers out to the two Boston cops who were shot by an oppressed person during a domestic disturbance call.

  48. factschecker says: Oct 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    meatruegenius says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:39 PM
    All Lives Matter. Drop the gun!
    —–
    You are assuming they all have guns (and intend to use them) . Which is the same problem that some police officers have. So I can at least see why you may not think there is a problem to solve. You are not alone. There are many that think just like you do.

  49. sjl1970 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:51 PM

    jn213 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:03 PM
    Man, why couldn’t Simms have said something bad so he could get canned?

    The sad part is that these players are rightfully expressing their freedom despite it being offensive to millions. If Simms or anyone in broadcasting expressed any negative words that are offensive towards the players they WOULD be canned.
    Equality should be for everyone in my eyes.

    ====

    Except they are using someone else’s platform to express their views. NFL Owners or in Nantz & Simms case CBS. First Amendment protection is from the Government. Their right is to express themselves as citizens, can do so on their own time and the government can’t do a thing. However, if they do so on company time all bets are off with regards to their employment.

  50. intentionallywidenberg says: Oct 14, 2016 12:51 PM

    niners816 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 11:57 AM

    […] You’re taking a knee and raising your fist and then…….what? Disrespecting the individuals who fought for your freedom so you can in turn, disrespect them. Man, you guys are true heroes for that! […]
    —————————————————————
    How exactly are they disrespecting ‘the individuals who fought for your freedom’? I presume you mean military personnel past & present – this whole thing is about the relationship between police and black people. The military doesn’t enter into it. Just because a flag is nearby does not instantly mean it’s about the military. Any smart military personnel understand this.

  51. abninf says: Oct 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    could be interpreted as an effort to underscore the perception that those who stand for the anthem (or who sing God Bless America) are patriotic — and that those who don’t aren’t
    ======================================

    It’s a correct perception.

  52. norseyapper says: Oct 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    If you have access to it please read the article in the SI magazine issue before last which has an interview with Doug Baldwin. He is black and raised in Florida, the son of a police officer, a football player, a Stanford grad, very well spoken. He shares an informed opinion. I may not agree with all of it, but I greatly respect him for it.

  53. ggagne66 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    I don’t agree with your insinuation that Nantz was implying that those who stood and were patriotic were better than those who protested. I think his poing was to be fair, not all players share the same opinion or stance. That is a true statement. There are more players who stand than there are players who protest. That’s just a fact. It’s not picking a side.

  54. blowme0bama says: Oct 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    BURN NANTZ for having an opinion that differs from the leftist media narrative.

  55. rideforjesus says: Oct 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    Black man shoots two Boston cops and now they are on life threating critical status….So should we not stand for the Anthem now?

    I mean really people… we are so quick to judge when all the instant media face book, phone videos and not wait until the facts all come out… A man is dead because of rioting in Tulsa…. the Black man in Tulsa….. Had a gun, refused to obey the officers… He is killed… riots ensue….Later it is determined that he really did have a gun, was high on PCP….yeah like he was going to obey the cops….. Yet the Cops are the ones who are wrong… so don’t stand….take a knee

    over 40 people shot in Chicago last weekend…9 dead…blacks on blacks violence… should we all take a knee??

    Really this is just sick…….all of it…

  56. irishjugalo says: Oct 14, 2016 12:59 PM

    Those terrible officials, almost certainly filthy liberals, cheated CJ Anderson out of at least 20 fantasy points last night.

  57. pw1265 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:02 PM

    IGNORANCE and WHITE PRIVILGE.
    Nice job Jim……smdh

  58. sjl1970 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:05 PM

    pw1265 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 1:02 PM
    IGNORANCE and WHITE PRIVILGE.
    Nice job Jim……smdh

    ====
    If you’re going to insult someone, at least take the time to spell check.

  59. trina16 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:05 PM

    I don’t get why people are so mad about this.

    50-60 years ago Ali and Bill Russell refused to
    go on the draft on grounds that the country wanted them to fight for it but wouldn’t acknowledge any civil rights to them. They wouldn’t fight for a country that treated black people as if they were third grade citizens. Nowadays they are lauded for contributing to the Civil Rights Movement by taking a stand in a way that most people back then thought it was unpatriotic. Even the Founding Fathers were deemed unpatriotic by the the British Empire back in the 1700’s and that doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

    What I find telling about all this is that most of the people against these protests are the ones for whom the goverment never had to make laws/ammendments to the constitution that allows them to vote, to enter thru the front door, to sit at the front of a bus, to marry whoever they want, to get equal pay and so forth.

    If this is “the land of the free and the home of the brave” let these men be free to protest anyway they please and applaud them for being brave enough to stand up (or kneel down) for what they believe in.

  60. pkrlvr says: Oct 14, 2016 1:07 PM

    Police departments are correct we have a lot of stupid Americans in this country that don’t want to face that fact also more white people are killed by police officers than colored people these are facts
    ——
    I love this argument. Maybe check the per capita stats on this because of course more white people get killed by the police than black folks because blacks only make up 11% of society.

    And they love being called colored btw

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:12 PM

    factschecker says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:35 PM
    I find it much more patriotic to try to see the other point of view and fix wrongs that need to be righted then to pretend that everything is just great all the time since it doesn’t effect me personally.

    The protest was never about anti American or even anti Police. This was all a protest about bad policy that allow bad police (who break the rules) to keep working and going unpunished when they did wrong. There is no policy in place to stop a bad cop from transferring and continuing to work as a bad cop.

    -The son of a retired Police officer. (And no. No it does not make me an expert on Police in America. But it does give me some perspective.)
    ————

    Best comment here, by far. The fact that it has thumbs down shows how demented the peanut gallery of howling monkeys on this site can be.

  62. maust1013 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:16 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    Who cares about training when it is put to use when White men go so far as to point guns at cops and still get apprehended and taken alive, while the cops abandon training and kill unarmed Black men?
    Nice try.
    ++++++++++

    Except study after study has shown cops are as much as 3 times more likely to shoot a white a suspect. You are both right and wrong. The situation is far more complex than just training but selection and training are a huge part of the solution.

  63. qdog112 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    Well said Mike – Fair and introspective.

  64. yourunclerico says: Oct 14, 2016 1:20 PM

    we arent paying them to see a protest. do your job and protest on your own damn time!
    suspend anyone that protests on company time!

  65. qdog112 says: Oct 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    patriot420blog said COLORED PEOPLE & I stopped reading.

  66. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 14, 2016 1:55 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 14, 2016 11:54 AM
    If these guys think there are cops out there who are hunting down black people to murder them and that they aren’t being trained well enough, I have a suggestion. Maybe they could give up their lucrative football careers, go to the police academy, see for themselves how much training these officers get, and then put themselves out there on the front lines to protect and serve.
    ———-

    Who cares about training when it is put to use when White men go so far as to point guns at cops and still get apprehended and taken alive, while the cops abandon training and kill unarmed Black men?

    Nice try.
    __________

    Why don’t you tell me how often this happens? The statistics don’t support your view. Hearing about some well publicized cases on the news doesn’t mean they are representative of what happens on a daily basis.

  67. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 14, 2016 1:57 PM

    qdog112 says:
    Oct 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    patriot420blog said COLORED PEOPLE & I stopped reading.
    ______

    Honest question: Why is the term “colored people” the height of racism but the term “people of color” is the height of racial sensitivity?

  68. jcampol says: Oct 14, 2016 2:02 PM

    I will ask again and most likely get no answer. Why are we so upset with the players kneeling down during the anthem but the people that are taking pictures and filming these men are ok? The ones that are filming are being just as anti patriotic as the ones kneeling. Also can I get a rough estimate as to how many of you stand at home when the national anthem is playing on tv? Do you all stop what you are dong and stand at attention with your hand over your heart? Get a grip people, this is the media trying to make a big deal out of nothing. You are all pawns.

  69. torebear says: Oct 14, 2016 2:07 PM

    As a European I find it interesting that Americans see kneling as a sign of disrespect. Were I’m from, you only kneel for the King at special ceremonies, and I think at some religious events. But here it’s a sign of reverence.

    If we wanted to demonstrate our disrespect, we might turn our backs to them instead.

  70. jcashman23 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:13 PM

    ———-

    Who cares about training when it is put to use when White men go so far as to point guns at cops and still get apprehended and taken alive, while the cops abandon training and kill unarmed Black men?

    Nice try.

    ————–

    Actually, more White people have been shot by the police over the last few years. Not as juicy of a story, won’t get a fraction of the clicks but it is a fact. Don’t take my word for it, look it up

  71. sdcarpetbagger says: Oct 14, 2016 2:13 PM

    I find it interesting that these protesters think they get to decide what is offensive. Most military, vets and if you believe the pols more the half the country think that they are being disrespectful and their response is that the people offended are wrong. If someone tells me a word or phrase is offensive to them I take their word for it. I don’t explain to them how they are wrong for being offended.

  72. metitometin says: Oct 14, 2016 2:28 PM

    I think what Nantz said was a fire-able comment. What a cynical clueless view. I think he watches too much FOX Noise to be honest. Our nation was founded on protest and things are anything but perfect right now. Perhaps things are fine at Jim Nantz’s mansion in the Hamptons but in the real world, people are angry about many things right now where the middle class has been forgotten.

  73. metitometin says: Oct 14, 2016 2:28 PM

    I think what Nantz said was a fire-able comment. What a cynical clueless view. I think he watches too much FOX Noise to be honest. Our nation was founded on protest and things are anything but perfect right now. Perhaps things are fine at Jim Nantz’s mansion in the Hamptons but in the real world, people are really angry about many things right now where the middle class has been forgotten.

  74. jimjets says: Oct 14, 2016 2:33 PM

    why on earth would Jim Nantz ever care about police brutality or the struggles of black men? He’s a pampered, lily white country club rich boy. His opinion here is not unexpected, but irrelevant.

  75. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    metitometin says:
    Oct 14, 2016 2:28 PM
    I think what Nantz said was a fire-able comment. What a cynical clueless view. I think he watches too much FOX Noise to be honest. Our nation was founded on protest and things are anything but perfect right now. Perhaps things are fine at Jim Nantz’s mansion in the Hamptons but in the real world, people are really angry about many things right now where the middle class has been forgotten
    ~~~~~~~~
    That is quite humorous. By what you just said you’d think Obama was a republican. **hint** If things are so bad ‘right now’, why not look at the policies that made it that way? Or is it easier for you to deal with it if you just ignore the obvious and falsely blame Fox News and the republicans

  76. bradjames33160 says: Oct 14, 2016 2:47 PM

    I’m middle class, stupid libs. Don’t speak for me. That’s why I hate the SJW movement. Everyone decides to speak for me and it really frustrates me.

  77. MichaelEdits says: Oct 14, 2016 4:32 PM

    Is Nantz trying to grow a pair? I didn’t expect that.

  78. satanclaus69 says: Oct 14, 2016 10:11 PM

    Colin Kaepernick : “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

    As long as I’m not the starter….

    This Sunday, he’ll dress, he’ll start and he’ll wear a helmet with that flag on it.

    Tell us all again how it wasn’t about attention….

  79. TD Hawk says: Oct 14, 2016 10:19 PM

    Serve your country, then protest.

  80. fishyinalittledishy says: Oct 15, 2016 9:13 AM

    Just call the game Nantz & Simms. This is all BS. One of the reasons rating are down is because of dull wooden, everybody is so nice commentary. Not intrested in Rivers singing the national anthem during breaks in fact I find it quite pathetic, not with Rivers he can do what he wants but with the network making a point of it. America needs to man up and not be so plastic. It’s not a perfect world out there. Plastic people, makeup plastered, with plastic looking hair telling us what’s right and wrong. America is a big plastic joke these days, not the people fighting abroad, not the firefighters, police, paramedics and others out on the streets it’s the rest of us the curtain twitchers, the tut tuters hideing behind our iPads etc making judgements on people trying make a difference. I don’t trust people stuck in front of a camera trying to put a point across that has nothing to do with what they are there for. Do they really want to say it, is it really what they think or are they just trying to tell us what we might want to hear, or more than likely keep their nice little jobs.

  81. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 15, 2016 1:58 PM

    haha. You sure defended kappenick way more in the name of free speech than you did Jim nantz. This comes off as very critical of nantz. Typical liberals. Anyone that expresses their rights to free speech that doesn’t follow in line with your beliefs is somehow causing problems.

  82. zeke2517 says: Oct 15, 2016 9:35 PM

    Ooooh, look! Philip Rivers was singing the magical song! Yaaaay! He’s so goooood!

    Jim Nantz is a tool.

  83. zeke2517 says: Oct 15, 2016 9:36 PM

    “Typical liberals. Anyone that expresses their rights to free speech that doesn’t follow in line with your beliefs is somehow causing problems.”

    The irony is on fire with this one.

  84. ohand16 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:29 PM

    And, after all this – we can still agree that the Steelers suck

  85. the610limited says: Oct 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    Oh, this will go on to the Super Bowl. It’s the ultimate stage and unless the league cracks down (and that’ll be fun if/when they do it), oh, heck yeah, certain players will most certainly be taking a stance…or a knee. So far, TV doesn’t show, it didn’t happen.

  86. jonwill57 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    Nantz can say whatever he likes about it. IMO, he’s one of the uninformed. After all, he’s made a living broadcasting golf…the last bastion of lily-whiteness at places that still wouldn’t accept minorities or women as members until they were forced to do so.

  87. lighteninglou says: Oct 18, 2016 1:39 AM

    I want to make sure I have this correct: The quarterback representing the San Francisco 49’ers of the National Football League, a Mr Colin Kaepernick is free to protest during the playing of the American National Anthem, in any way he sees fit. The First Amendment guarantees his right to show his displeasure with whatever might be upsetting to him by disgracing this anthem many find sacred.
    On the other hand we have Jim Nanze a CBS play-by-play broadcaster who inadvertently gave his opinion of the Colin Kaepernick’s protest over a hot mic.
    For some reason unknown to myself, it’s a very courageous action on the part of the San Francisco quarterback in making his unpopular protest, however in the case of Mr Nanze the man has committed an offense by accidentally expressing his opinion, that could result in his being fired, fined, or censored. One man has the First Amendment right to express himself, the other does not. Could someone explain the difference to me?

  88. sgrvn329 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:59 AM

    The Flag nor the National Anthem are idols that we worship, but rather stared representations of the freedoms and liberties afforded it’s people because of the believe in God & Country. We as Americans and Children of God are willing to fight and die for what the Word of God has said is just and true.

    Americans have always willing to fight and stand for what is right and just.

    The people that are disrespectful to Colin Kaepernick and others who are willing to stand and hold America accountable to what our Flag represents are the ones that are unpatriotic and are displaying hate and ignorance in the face of peaceful protest against that which is wrong.

    These are the the same people who were willing to blowup a church and murdered 5 little girls because they did not believe it was right to want freedom.

    These are the same people that murdered a Man of God (MLK) because he believed that America was not living up to it’s creed that all men are created equally.

    Isaiah 1:17 NIV; Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

    This is what Colin and others are kneeling for those who are oppressed!

    Those that reject our freedom to stand for those who can’t stand for themselves are the ones who are against what our Flag represents.

    “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States. It was adopted as the nation’s motto in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum (out of many, one), which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.

    The American Flag shows the world who we are as Americans and the our resolve for Freedom, Liberty & Human Rights will not be deterred.

  89. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 19, 2016 12:49 PM

    Nantz did nothing wrong! It would appear based on the left-leaning liberal agenda, that the main reason TV ratings are down, is for the lack of respect shown for those who died for our freedom. There may be others thrown in, but let the NFL stop this, and ratings will rise, whether you want to admit it or not! Maybe, this won’t be deleted, since I was so late to the party…As far as Nantz is concerned..What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander, as the old saying goes…

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