Arthur Blank decries “creating division or demonizing viewpoints”

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank has joined the list of NFL owners issuing statements in response to President Trump’s comments about players who engage in protests during the national anthem.

“We are at our very best when we are working together, building unity and including everyone’s voice in a constructive dialogue,” Blank said in a statement issued by the team. “Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy. The NFL has historically been a strong catalyst for positive change and I’m proud of the way our players, coaches and staff use that platform to give back to our community and strive to be good citizens making a positive impact on this and future generations.”

Blank and several other owners have issued statements on Saturday afternoon and evening, following the statement issued Saturday morning by Commissioner Roger Goodell. To date, men who reportedly were reluctant to sign Colin Kaepernick because they feared being called out by President Trump have been calling him out, one after another.

60 responses to “Arthur Blank decries “creating division or demonizing viewpoints”

  1. This is what division and demonizing viewpoints look like: “The Cambridge PD acted stupidly” “Hands up don’t shoot” “If I had a son” All False meant to divide us along racial lines. Pig Socks is as offensive and divisive as spitting on American service members while returning from Vietnam.

  2. Thats the thing with the left… unless tou agree with everything they think then they dont want to hear or talk about it. Heaven forbid you bring an opposing viewpoint up on a college campus (where they claim to be a bastion of tolerance and civil discourse lol) you’ll be labeled a racist even if you were just trying to say that Miller Lite really is Less Filling

  3. About 90% support Trumps remarks even if they don’t like Trump. What’s offensive is millionaires “protesting|’ something they probably cannot even explain and then go back to their mansions feeling all righteous.

  4. Last time I checked it wasn’t the President who last year started protesting against America, it was the players, enabled by owners like Blank….and Mara…and of course Jed York..and the list goes on. Choose wisely fellas, there’s a new man in charge who loves this country.

  5. mazenblue says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    Let’s stand and honor Pat Tillman. Isn’t that what the National Anthem is for??

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    Murdered in the most shady way possible by friendly fire? Have you ever seen his brothers speech at the funeral? Certainly not. *Jags lady voice*

  6. Last time I checked it wasn’t the President who last year started protesting against America, it was the players, enabled by owners like Blank….and Mara…and of course Jed York was used as a doormat last year..and the list goes on. Choose wisely fellas, there’s a new man in charge who loves this country and those who protect and die for it.

  7. @rcali: You’re spun.

    Drumph is the worst thing to happen to this country.

    The worst.

    You’ll see the light soon enough.

    Right now your head is buried in the sand.

    Carry on.

  8. Hey Blank, I don’t think you and I would agree at all about what the “ideals of our democracy” really are.

    And somehow i’m Certain you’d waste no time in demonizing my viewpoint on that.

  9. Calling half the country “deplorable” unites. Calling out cop haters divides. The liberal mind never ceases to amaze. The brilliance of Trump is that he is the lone politician to use the left’s tactics against them.

  10. “Choose wisely fellas, there’s a new man in charge who loves this country and those who protect and die for it.”

    LMAO- A guy who got FIVE deferments so he would not have to serve in the U.S. military!

  11. Here is what the Commissioner should have said.

    The NFL plays the national anthem before every game for a reason. We pay tribute to the troops, sailors and airmen that defend and protect us at the expense of their lives way too often. We also acknowledge first responders who rush in to unknown danger. But we also are proud of our Bill of Rights and think or players should have the right to express themselves in appropriate ways if they feel the need to do so. God bless America and keep her forever strong!

  12. NFL and all sports for that matter are the great equalizer. All players regardless of skin color rise and fall on the merits of their abilities. That said, Americans are sick & tired of being called names, bullied, threatened & intimidated if we don’t agree with racist radical leftist. This is more about Socialist Communist & Globalist using race to divide us for their personal agenda.

  13. I wonder how he would feel if the players were kneeling/sitting during the anthem and protesting something like getting guaranteed contracts, or closing tax loopholes that some billionaires use to avoid paying their fair share of taxes?

  14. rcali says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    Last time I checked it wasn’t the President who last year started protesting against America, it was the players, enabled by owners like Blank….and Mara…and of course Jed York..and the list goes on. Choose wisely fellas, there’s a new man in charge who loves this country.
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    He loves this country so much that most of his crap (and his daughter’s crap) is made overseas. His greatest business accomplishment has been persuading lots of banks to loan him money. He just can’t get loans in the US anymore.

  15. wk1234 says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    “Choose wisely fellas, there’s a new man in charge who loves this country and those who protect and die for it.”
    LMAO- A guy who got FIVE deferments so he would not have to serve in the U.S. military!
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    Come on. I’m sure those heel spurs were wicked painful and maybe one day, he’ll remember where they were.

  16. Thank you President Trump for giving the silent majority a voice. The media has ignored us for decades but they can’t avoid you. It’s driving them insane and I love it.

  17. joeychittwood says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    Thats the thing with the left… unless tou agree with everything they think then they dont want to hear or talk about it.

    LOL- unlike the right, who just wants people who disagree with them to be stripped of the ability to earn a living in their chosen field.

  18. “Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy”

    Well Arthur, did you express this sentiment to the players when this garbage started last year or did you just have some sort of cosmic revelation after last night?

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm
    joeychittwood says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    Thats the thing with the left… unless tou agree with everything they think then they dont want to hear or talk about it.

    LOL- unlike the right, who just wants people who disagree with them to be stripped of the ability to earn a living in their chosen field.
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    Or like the left who wants to put a family out of business because making a certain kind of cake violates their religious beliefs.

  20. lonelylibertarian says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Here is what the Commissioner should have said.
    The NFL plays the national anthem before every game for a reason.
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    What reason is that?

  21. mmack66 says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    lonelylibertarian says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Here is what the Commissioner should have said.
    The NFL plays the national anthem before every game for a reason.
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    What reason is that?
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    To pay respect for the military. Try listening to the words sometime.

  22. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    “Predicting it now, an entire team will bend the knee tomorrow. Probably the Seahawks”

    Lmao.. for me, comment of the day

  23. Michael E says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:07 pm
    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm
    joeychittwood says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    Thats the thing with the left… unless tou agree with everything they think then they dont want to hear or talk about it.

    LOL- unlike the right, who just wants people who disagree with them to be stripped of the ability to earn a living in their chosen field.
    ==================================================================

    Or like the left who wants to put a family out of business because making a certain kind of cake violates their religious beliefs.
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    Exactly. Both sides are exactly the same. Are you just realizing this?

  24. Yeah there is nothing divisive about 60 some guys standing on the sidelines and 3-4 clowns kneeling. Watch a hockey game most of the players are not even Americans and they show more respect than the NFL players.

  25. I don’t see any Arthur Blank press releases about divisiveness or demonizing when Maxine Waters or other politicians do far worse.
    Waters: “And as far as I’m concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to h***.”

    Sit down Arthur and next time keep your sternly worded message to yourself.

  26. lonelylibertarian says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    “Here is what the Commissioner should have said.

    The NFL plays the national anthem before every game for a reason. We pay tribute to the troops, sailors and airmen that defend and protect us at the expense of their lives way too often. We also acknowledge first responders who rush in to unknown danger. But we also are proud of our Bill of Rights and think or players should have the right to express themselves in appropriate ways if they feel the need to do so. God bless America and keep her forever strong!”

    I appreciate your libertarian stance, as it doesn’t stray to far from my own. I have to comment, though, that because they are many times millionaires, they don’t follow the same acceptable professional behaviors. This makes your suggestion moot, because I refuse to watch millionaires turn their back on our country without even basic statistics or understanding to back their movement. You’re either at work, or an activist.. not both. They are destroying the brand. And you know what? Trump is exposing them by saying what we all think, and watching owners dance to the tune of political correctness, which has been burning our nation down.

  27. This is the “feel good movie of the year.” Rather than going out – rolling up your selves and making some real change in the world, everybody (and I mean every one on both sides of the issue) would rather grandstand with huge meaningless gestures Kneel – don’t kneel, who cares. Hate the move – love the move, who cares. BOTH sides are creating division and nobody is trying find a solution.

  28. minnesotablizzard says:
    September 23, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    Predicting it now, an entire team will bend the knee tomorrow. Probably the Seahawks
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    I apologize in advance

  29. darcrequiem says:
    September 23, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    How many times did Trump dodge the draft?
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    Fewer than Bill Clinton

  30. Constructive dialogue?

    The protesters haven’t had ANY constructive dialogue. But now the owners want to pretend the players who are trying to piss people off are having a constructive dialogue with America.

    You know where they talk about all the people who enacted the policies, like Obama, and then talk about what they want to change.

    Silly me, all I see is people disrespecting the flag and pretending that only people of color are experiencing the negative effects of the militarization of police and that white people are solely responsible for it.

    What’s really sad is, that the president just basically stooped to the level of the protester, and the owners call HIM out, not the people protesting for the last year like mindless morons trying to agitate America.

  31. He’s a fraud. He clowns simple people, like most of you. It’s called PR dumb dumb. Arthur’s so real he keeps marrying women younger than his children. Freak.

  32. Trump emboldens the uneducated, and they have dangerous superiority complexes. It’s only going to get worse.

  33. too bad a person the nfl owners would never let into their business has been elected as president of our country. they saw what he did for the USFL…

    and to you plastic patriots, i was born on a navy base in the 50;s and my father is in arlington national cemetery having served in two wars, so spare me the snowflake sjw etc.

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