Stephen Hauschka: White people need to see inequality exists

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Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka wasn’t looking to be the face of a movement.

But he does think the movement needs more faces which look like his.

Moved by the player memo to the league asking for help with awareness of issues of racial inequality and criminal justice reform, Hauschka said he wanted “to do more” to advance the discussion.

I think a lot of white people don’t understand it and are afraid to be involved,” Hauschka said, via Kimberley Martin of the Buffalo News. “And I think it’s important for white people to see there is inequality everywhere in the country right now, and in the world.”

There has been some diversity in the protests which have draw so much attention in the last 13 months, but not a lot. Eagles defensive end Chris Long acknowledged that more white players should become involved, and stood with his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins, who raised his fist during the national anthem. Browns tight end Seth DeValve, whose wife is black, became the first white player to kneel during the anthem as part of a group protest there, and and Seahawks center Justin Britt put a hand on the shoulder of teammate Michael Bennett, who was kneeling during the anthem.

Hauschka has been in enough locker rooms to know that they’re made of people from every corner of the country, and every background. And he hopes that players coming together can show people outside the world of sports that positive changes can be made when you work together.

“So that’s where it comes from: a place of love and caring and wanting to see the world a better place,” Haushcka said. “I don’t have all the answers, I don’t even pretend to. But I am open to talking about it and I am open to learning about it with the hopes that one day, either our generation or future generations, can improve racial inequality and how people are treated around the world.”

It seems like such a simple concept when he says it like that.

111 responses to “Stephen Hauschka: White people need to see inequality exists

  1. That’s exactly what the movement is about. Taking off the blinders, and staring the inequality in the face. This is not about “patriotism” or “the anthem”

  2. If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.

    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.

  3. Enough is enough with this garbage. Go read what the idiot that started this all said about Cuba and see how informed he is about the world in general. Want to know why Cubans risked their lives to come over to this country? Because it’s an oppressive government that doesn’t care about its citizens.

    He and his girlfriend are race baiting idiots. Her tweet about a NFL owner and it’s parallel to a slave owner shows she doesn’t like white people. That’s racism right there.

    I’m a white male and in my college days was stopped by police many times for suspected dui. It was solely from being out late in a college town coming home from work. You know what I did? I said “yes sir” and “no sir” and let them put handcuffs on me and later I was released when 1) I wasn’t drunk 2) no drugs or guns in my car.

    Take some damn responsibility for your actions. Stop blaming racism for all your issues. It’s amazing how the so called protests turn into violence or looting a majority of the time. Let’s see how that would have gone over in Cuba 20 years ago.

    You all want change? Do something about it besides dishonoring the flag and the men and women that died for this country’s freedom.

  4. Ok, Mr. Haushka. What are YOU doing about it? Saying that it “needs to be talked about” isn’t doing anything. Lead by example; give away most of your salary to people who don’t have what you have. Hell, I’d bet you made enough money by now to live comfortably the rest of your life, why don’t you give up your job to someone else now? Perhaps an African-American kicker?

    Everyone wants equality until it’s them that gets the shaft.

  5. And you, Mr. Haushka need to recognize when it is appropriate to make your political statements. Not at work. what if your CPA made you listen to a rant about Planned parenthood before he or she would work on your taxes.

    And oh by the way we do know that inequality exists. I was born in a poor side of town. How about you?

  6. I see that inequality exists too. I see a bunch of spoiled athletes who have grown up thinking the world revolves around them. They complain about inequality while getting paid a salary anywhere from 10 to 100 times of that which is paid to teachers across our country. Which job is more important, teacher or professional athlete?

    Well, Mr. Hauscha, do something about that. Take your Tuesdays (the offical day off in the NFL) and go out into the community and fix the problems you see. Maybe you could even help pay off some of the student loans of teachers (who make much less than you, but whose work is infinitely more important) who work to further their education, or still have undgrad loans left. That’s one big piece of “inequality” that I see that professional athletes could help alleviate.

  7. minerslung says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:26 am
    That’s exactly what the movement is about. Taking off the blinders, and staring the inequality in the face. This is not about “patriotism” or “the anthem”

    Here, here, someone who actually gets it.

  8. After reading these comments, how are there still people that believe this doesn’t exist? Anytime an article addressing equality is brought, just read the comments. While they surely don’t represent an entire country, but the rhetoric behind these comments should serve as confirmation that issues still exist. It baffles me that there are people that believe that because it hasn’t happened to them, that this problem is mythical or non existent. Which in turn, is part of the problem. The first step to change is acknowledging the need for it. Many people have a hard time getting past step one.

  9. Sports are a form of entertainment. Football, at its core, is a game. What is with entertainers of all types trying to lecture people on how to live their lives? You kick a football, someone else plays make-believe on stage or the big screen, so and so plays guitar. Just because one entertains people does not make them on sort of higher plane than the rest of us. Quit the lecturing or more people will continue to tune you out, myself included.

  10. If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.
    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.
    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.
     
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    Exactly. So far the impression that I get from this is that the protesting groups do not want to be policed at all. Let’s hear the specifics along with the corresponding proposals for change for all of the inequality issues. I think most Americans oppose true inequality. Let’s hear the debate instead of what looks like blind protests.

  11. I’m tired of people who make millions of dollars to entertain me, lecturing me on what I should care about. They work off the assumption that nobody has their own issues and causes to focus on. We should all drop what we are doing and get behind them. I dont tune in to football on Sundays to be lectured to or be made to feel that I am somehow a racist if I dont want to hear what they are preaching about.

    While I do support every individual having the right support a cause that personally affects them, they need to do it in a forum dedicated to that cause. I dont want to tune into the emmy’s and get a political lecture from out of touch millionaires who are paid to pretend to be something they are not…..nor do I want to tune into a football game to be preached to by more millionaires who are paid to play a kids game.

    The NFL has to take a stand against this before it starts getting out of control. If the NFL wants to know why ratings are down….this is just one of the major reasons why, a lot of people feel exactly the way I do.

  12. “tripper1920 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am
    If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.

    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.”

    TRUTH

  13. I don’t understand the issue. Are the protests about inequality in opportunity or inequality in results? I see equal opportunity and unequal results and feel that its a cultural problem. Education and hard work can be great equalizers.

  14. It’s kinda funny that NFL players that were unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to get a fair and impartial system of justice in place for the minority of players accused of misconduct by the league are now lecturing the public at large about the importance of obtaining fair and impartial justice for the minority of citizens accused of misconduct by law enforcement.

  15. You know what inequality is, Hauschka getting paid $12.4M for 4 years to kick a ball while our military infantry gets basically minimum wage. Let’s talk about inequality.

  16. When sport is no longer a refuge/escape from the constant drum of inequality you get from a thousand other sources then sports will continue to see decline in viewership and advertising $.

  17. Nothing like having someone who graduated from High School after 9/11 tell me what I need to learn. this is why people hate millennials. Did you ever stop to think, stevie , that those of us who are older than you may have some experience in our lives and don’t need your generic, vaguely positive statement that is not practical in any way whatsoever?

  18. “Hey guys, I kick a sports ball for lots of money. Now let me lecture you on how the world works.”

  19. Football (at all levels) is a game, not life…even to those being paid millions to ‘play’ it.

    Until the 2 can be separated nothing good will come from it.

  20. Crap like this, and they wonder why ratings are going in the toilet. People are getting sick of hearing how terrible they are, just for existing.

  21. This nation offers opportunity to anybody willing to work for it.

    It’s just not going to be handed to you.

  22. We have way too much in America. Things like good habits, hard work , counting one’s bkessings, freedom, liberty, all these things are now taken for granted. Everyone looking for a cause. They have forgotten why everyone wants to come here.

  23. inequality certainly does exists, football players, working half a year make millions (half the longsnappers in the NFL make a million dollars a year – LONGSNAPpERS!) while, teachers, cops, nurses, firemen, social workers, preachers, civil servants, etc, etc etc, barely make it by.

    then when they do save up and pony up the hard earned money to go see a game, or spend time watching on tv read about it on the internet they are slapped in the face and called racists and fools because they really don’t want to hear about your problems right now.

    Yeah, there’s inequality.

  24. Some of us are born on third base and think we hit a triple. Others are born with two strikes on them, and an umpire who’s dying to call strike three. It is what it is, but to stick your head in the sand and pretend this doesn’t exist is just ignorant. Now you know why they say ignorance is bliss. It feels better to be lazy and feel good about yourself, than to actually have to go out and earn something. I guess Stephen Hauschka is just trying to say he gets it.

  25. I dont know whats so hard to understand about this stuff. If you want respect you need to earn respect. What Malcolm Jenkins does by raising his fist during the national anthem gets his message across in a respectful manner. Meanwhile morons like Michael Bennett kneel for the national anthem and disrespect the country and people who died so he could make millions playing a game. Then you wonder why most people don’t take Mr Bennett seriously……

  26. All this topic does is turn me off to sports…..
    It doesn’t belong in the arena…. It’s a political issue & needs to stop being brought up durring football….so inappropriate!!!

  27. How Sad. This person who spends all his days working side by side with minorities from all walks of life, is able to share what he has learned from their experiences and have empathy, and there are so many people who want to cover their ears and tell him to shut up. You don’t have to take it from him or be “disgusted by millennials” because he is not “attacking” you. Stop playing the victim card and claim that you’re under attack, as popular as that has become.

    Just google it. Don’t be afraid. Do it in the privacy of your own home… you’ll see that the truth is out there.

    Empathy is not a four letter word. Honestly try to see something from someone else’s perspective.

  28. If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.

    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it
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    All of the above

  29. You can tell by the number of downvotes in this article that they’re are some people that just don’t get it.

  30. nothing good comes from taking a 17 week season and making it last all year to the exclusion of all else…… except Goodell and the owners get richer!!!!

  31. Hey NFL players, coaches, media members…..Please stop talking about politics, race relations and social issues. Pro sports is a fun escape.
    A hobby. A distraction from our jobs, family problems, health issues and all the BS aspects of life. For us in the over 40 crowd it’s also a exercise in nostalgia. We all grew up with the great team and players of the past and they link us to today’s modern game. You guys are ruining all of this! Please, please knock it off and stick to football!

  32. Well said bigt2017. Excellent point.

    I’ll also add that it can be addressed outside of the national anthem. I have no problem with the discussion but I have a HUGE problem trying to draw attention to it during the national anthem.

  33. There is inequality within the white race itself. Do you believe for one second that Tom Brady, Roger Goodell, the CEO of every fortune 500 company, and other millionaire, billionaire types don’t feel they are above “white” Joe Plumber making 40k a year living check to check driving a 1998 ford pickup with rust and dents, living in a 2 bedroom home in rural America? There are people of color that are multi-millionaires too, and they feel above everyone else as well. It goes both ways. Money is power. Having an EDUCATION, or learning a valuable trade increases the odds of having both. That’s a good starting point for trying to create equality, regardless of race.

  34. dbarnes67 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:19 am
    I don’t understand the issue. Are the protests about inequality in opportunity or inequality in results? I see equal opportunity and unequal results and feel that its a cultural problem. Education and hard work can be great equalizers.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Great post. If only everyone would accept this fact.

  35. Protesting 101: Protest in a manner so people are discussing your message and NOT your method of protest. MLK was the best at this and showed that peaceful protests, done in the proper fashion and get results. Instead, you have morons that are sitting or kneeling during the national anthem and upsetting veterans (minorities included) and others. So now there is a big debate not on your message but your method of protest. So what do they do, keep the same method of protest. Then figure in Black Lives Matter and their methods and you have a real problem that gets in the way of the message.

    The other problem is minorities are stereotyping law enforcement, which is the exact problem they are dealing with. A number of these shootings have been reviewed and found no wrong doing. Heck even Obama’s Justice Department found no wrong doing in the Michael Brown case, but people are clueless about that. Combine that with statements that aren’t supported by facts (more unarmed whites are shot by police) and people start going deaf to your message.

    Is there racial inequality, yes, there are a-holes out there that will hate others for no real reason. Are we ever going to get rid of it? Nope. If you can’t understand that, then I feel sorry for you. AS someone said, this country allows for equal opportunities, but you have to put the hard work in to maximize those opportunities. The problem in this country is when you are poor and that does not discriminate based on skin color. Poor rural white people have same inequalities when it comes to quality of education or other opportunities, but they are not out violently protesting, etc.

    The bigger problem I see, as an educator, is you have kids today with million dollar dreams with a minimum wage work ethic, then cry when they can’t make it. I feel sorry for our future the way this country is going.

  36. I just want to watch my football, my soccer, my rugby I don’t want to hear about politics.

    What they probably said in South Africa, Nazi Germany, Turkey and so many other places where discrimination of minority groups was rampant. You don’t turn off the real world just because you are at your workplace. Or did you not wear your flag lapel to work after 9/11.

  37. ssraebel says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:32 am
    Enough is enough with this garbage. Go read what the idiot that started this all said about Cuba and see how informed he is about the world in general. Want to know why Cubans risked their lives to come over to this country? Because it’s an oppressive government that doesn’t care about its citizens.
    He and his girlfriend are race baiting idiots. Her tweet about a NFL owner and it’s parallel to a slave owner shows she doesn’t like white people. That’s racism right there.
    I’m a white male and in my college days was stopped by police many times for suspected dui. It was solely from being out late in a college town coming home from work. You know what I did? I said “yes sir” and “no sir” and let them put handcuffs on me and later I was released when 1) I wasn’t drunk 2) no drugs or guns in my car.
    Take some damn responsibility for your actions. Stop blaming racism for all your issues. It’s amazing how the so called protests turn into violence or looting a majority of the time. Let’s see how that would have gone over in Cuba 20 years ago.
    You all want change? Do something about it besides dishonoring the flag and the men and women that died for this country’s freedom.

    ————

    Do you think it’s right that they cuffed you when you hadn’t done anything illegal or do you think the police shouldn’t have assumed you were a criminal just because you were driving in that area?

    I would think if they were suspicious of drivers in that area they could just have a DUI spotcheck set up and ask you a few questions through the window and let you be on your way.

  38. Nothing that he said should be controversial, but it’s amazing how much hate exists in these comments. White people (I am also white) need to stop being so damn sensitive about people wanting equality. Get on board or go back to the pre-civil rights south.

  39. tripper1920 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am
    If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.

    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.
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    Nailed it. People will listen unless you just spit out slogans and talking points.

    Nailed it.

  40. I think we can all agree that there is some form of racial inequality and even racism in sports in general and the NFL specifically but shouldn’t it be addressed at more appropriate times like Owners meetings and Players meetings during the offseason in which these can be addressed and action can be taken…these in season demonstrations only divide the fans more and nothing is really getting accomplished by it…

  41. dbarnes67 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:19 am
    I don’t understand the issue. Are the protests about inequality in opportunity or inequality in results? I see equal opportunity and unequal results and feel that its a cultural problem. Education and hard work can be great equalizers.

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    You mean like the hardworking and successful Lebron James who had his house vandalized with racial slurs.

    It is beyond opportunity. There are racist people out there and they don’t treat all people the same. That is a cultural issue. You are right about that.

  42. As a white person from Buffalo I am painfully aware that inequality exists. I’ve witnessed first hand the inequality between Tom Brady and whatever sad sack of humanity we have rolled out at QB competing against each other for 15 years now.

  43. “tndiver says:
    September 22, 2017 at 10:25 am
    Protesting 101: Protest in a manner so people are discussing your message and NOT your method of protest. MLK was the best at this and showed that peaceful protests, done in the proper fashion and get results. Instead, you have morons that are sitting or kneeling during the national anthem and upsetting veterans (minorities included) and others. So now there is a big debate not on your message but your method of protest. So what do they do, keep the same method of protest. Then figure in Black Lives Matter and their methods and you have a real problem that gets in the way of the message.”

    EXACTLY

  44. tripper1920 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am
    If there is inequality, then we all want to work on it, as Americans want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But to get started working on it, first the problem must be defined, otherwise we are all spinning our wheels.

    The non-specific “racial inequality” term needs to be narrowed. I think these NFLers will get more support, and can further the conversation by defining what they mean by racial inequality.

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.
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    That list was provided to Goodell. I suggest you check it out.

  45. It is so easy not to see inequality when you are one of those not suffering from it. Let’s try to boil it down. Do all children in this country attending public schools have equal opportunity? Or do those living in poor areas have bad schools and those in nice suburbs good ones, perpetuating the inner city poverty? Do the police enforce laws on everyone equally, regardless of their skin color? Or do white kids in the suburbs with a joint get off easy while blacks in the city are arrested? We all know the answer. I think a lot of the PC crap goes WAY too far. I think everyone should have an equal opportunity and then compete. But until schools and law enforcement are equal, this is not possible.

  46. footballneblog says:
    September 22, 2017 at 10:26 am
    I just want to watch my football, my soccer, my rugby I don’t want to hear about politics.
    What they probably said in South Africa, Nazi Germany, Turkey and so many other places where discrimination of minority groups was rampant. You don’t turn off the real world just because you are at your workplace. Or did you not wear your flag lapel to work after 9/11.

    ————-

    I certainly love football, and I really don’t want politics to be intertwined, but I think it’s necessary at times to make sure people are paying attention to the real issues at hand and not necessarily just passing time with entertainment.

    Whether you think people should stand for the anthem or if you there is or is not a racial equality issue, its a very good thing to think and talk about. That’s how problems get solved.

  47. I am not against NFL speaking out on causes they are passionate about, but why make their statement during the National Anthem? Our country is run by men, and as such, is far from perfect. But flag and anthem are symbols of our country continuing to try to get it right, not only for our citizens, but for people all across the globe. Men and women of all races, color and creed have shed their blood to defend the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy in this great nation of ours.

  48. The only thing WE THE FANS AND WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO SEE is a dam football game and people showing respect for the flag and those that died in war.
    I knew once the NF:L kind of pushed aside the kneeling thinking this too will pass that they would figure hey we got away with this not we want more. A month of social protest at all NFL games. Ya that will do it for moi. They can take the NFL sunday ticket and shove it. I’m done then. Me think millions of others are too.

  49. I find it funny having been alive as long as I have, that there are people trying to define when, where, and how people can protest.

    It’s as if they are purposely trying to miss the point of a protest in the first place.

  50. Shut up.
    Why do these athletes think we care what they think, believe in or anything.
    Do your job, PLAY A GAME and get well paid for it.
    Were it not for fantasy, the NFL might be going down the tubes

  51. Ok, Mr. Haushka. What are YOU doing about it? Saying that it “needs to be talked about” isn’t doing anything. Lead by example; give away most of your salary to people who don’t have what you have. Hell, I’d bet you made enough money by now to live comfortably the rest of your life, why don’t you give up your job to someone else now? Perhaps an African-American kicker?

    Everyone wants equality until it’s them that gets the shaft.

    Lol. Why didn’t you give up your job to anybody who has it worse than you. He’s right. The fight against social injustice is futile without people of every race standing up.

  52. tripper1920 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    So please define what you mean by using that term. Inequality in opportunity? In education? In college admissions? In high school dropout rates? In consumption of water? In ability to tie one’s shoes? I don’t see any laws in this country that are racially-based, other than affirmative action. So what inequality are they talking about? Please define so we can work it.
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    You know damn well the issue at hand is racism and police brutality.

  53. A millionaire lecturing about inequality? Yeah give me a break. The main inequality in this country is the elite vs everyone else. Race and gender are talked about ad nauseum by the powers that be so that the plebs fight amongst one another and the elite laugh at the masses stupidity. Police brutality and corruption aren’t race issues wake up you social justice fools.

  54. It started out wrong when he said “all white people” need to understand. By that proxy, he puts the spotlight on his personal and slanted subjective standard. It is NOT a White or Black issue. It is a human decency issue. He comes from a place that racist intent is ONE side. I fully disagree. Racism can happen on both sides. What if he added that BOTH White AND Black people are sometimes racists toward each other? Sad, but true. For example, his ex-teammate, Bennett, accused the police of of racial mis-treatment, that was deemed to be erroneous-a fabrication.
    But we don’t call Bennett a racist. He is labeled a “victim”, even though he fabricated his story. It is a two-sided issue. Wrong is wrong. Racism is racism-black on white or white on black. That’s what he SHOULD have said-but he is too scared to state it with that realism.

    Bottom line, we don’t live in a SYSTEMIC racist nation anymore. We live in a great country that sometimes the media and people cherry pick INDIVIDUAL acts of racism. The NFL needs to step away from a one-sided discussion. That’s why there is backlash, and why the NFL is losing ground on $$ and ratings. Many of the payers/subscribers to the NFL disagree with Haushka’s assessment. He paints with a large brush, and that is regrettable.

  55. I think Hauschka is stereotyping white people which these days is considered racism. Maybe he should comment about how it’s important to fight inequality rather than accuse a segment of white people of not seeing it.

  56. im so sick of this garbage. all i see anymore is whaaa whaaa the world isnt fair. its like dude you guys make millions to play a freaking game, shut up and take your millions. or move to another country that isnt racist….oh wait….

  57. Too little, too late. The NFL has already instructed camera men/women to NOT show those who are kneeling, only those who are standing and/or performing the song. The NFL wants to get politics out of the sport, especially on game days. There are more fans that want this situation to go away than fans that actually care… and the NFL owners know it.

  58. It’s very ironic that the people that protest against discrimination are basically guilty of segregation and discrimination themselves. If these people really want equality then they need to stop saying “Black lives matter” and start saying “ALL lives matter”. Otherwise, it’s only fair to ask “Do white lives matter too?”. Apparently not, since no one cares to protest.

    Let’s fight against police abuse first, all of us equally together. This way we will be more united and powerful.

  59. This is all so inane. Unless something changes in the next couple months, I’m done with the NFL. This straw man protest is only part of it for me, but it is absolutely part of it and it can’t be ignored when people talk about ratings plummeting. Too many rules that don’t make sense. Refs are throwing games – intentionally or inadvertently – doesn’t matter, they’re ruining the game and it happens all the damn time. It takes 4+ hours to watch 60 minutes of football. I can only watch my team play through the NFL’s monopoly with Directv resulting in me having to pay asinine prices. If I want to take my family to a game in person, it costs more to go to one game than my monthly mortgage payment is. And now on top of that, sports isn’t even about sports anymore. It’s overwhelmingly political and I’m just flat out sick of the BS. And I know for a fact that I’m not alone.

  60. show me the law that states minorities cant strive to be whatever they wanna be in this country…maybe then ill side with you

  61. Inequality is only real to people that think it is. If we believe only white people are “priviliged” in this Country, then we should look at Asians. They do better than white people. Inequality, of any race, is a myth.

  62. DugoutDirtbag says:
    September 22, 2017 at 11:10 am
    I find it funny having been alive as long as I have, that there are people trying to define when, where, and how people can protest.

    It’s as if they are purposely trying to miss the point of a protest in the first place.

    14 17 Rate This

    Protest where you like.
    If you actually want us to respect and listen to you then respect and listen to us.

  63. Tell that to the white person who didn’t get into their dream school or job because of affirmative action.

    I’m not going to apologize for being Caucasian.

    Equality is a myth. People aren’t equal. All individuals have different skills and abilities. It would be very boring if we were all the same.

    I find it highly ironic that you have athletes who are incredibly blessed with genes and in most cases work ethic, who are in the NFL because of their talents being so unequal and superior in skill to the rest of the public.

  64. Protest where you like.
    If you actually want us to respect and listen to you then respect and listen to us
    …………….

    Me thinks you are totally missing the point of a protest. The last thing on gods green earth protesters want is your useless and worthless respect.

    That’s where people like you fail miserably.

    Your respect is already worthless, in as much as you haven’t yet given it.

    The entire point of protest is to get the attention of those who are absent, misinformed, could care less, or would otherwise be interested save for they haven’t noticed or joined the conversation yet.

    While you position yourself as a snowflake ready to melt in the face of any opposition, there are endless people willing to listen and weigh in on the topic being pointed out thru sacrifice, and civil disobedience

  65. Funny as it is, I do respect your position and opinion. I have no respect at all for your fear and resistance of others opinions.

  66. Be him a kicker or not his position is flawless. He only asks that our bettors step back and respect others opinions even if it isn’t our own.

    It would seem a lot of you would nail him upon the same cross as Jesus.

    What will become of our society if we keep nailing the most understanding of us up to die?

    Only one side of EVERY debate is recalcitrant enough to kill everyone who disagrees with them.

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