Over the past few months, hundreds of NFL players have been taking a knee during the national anthem before their games to protest against President Donald Trump and against racial inequality. Americans have responded by turning off their televisions and refusing to watch NFL games rather than see our flag be disrespected in this way.
Freedom Daily reported that it was just revealed that these boycotts are working, as a Jefferies analyst has projected that its TV partners could lose out on $200 million or more, in earnings, if its rating troubles continue in a double-digit way. Week 2 of the NFL saw a 4% drop from 2016’s week two in live and same-day average viewers of Sunday games and a 14% drop in viewers for Monday Night Football.
During a game in Mexico City on Sunday, Oakland Raiders’ running back Marshawn Lynch sat down for “The Star Spangled Banner” but stood up when Mexico’s national anthem came on. Business Insider reported that President Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to demand that the NFL suspend Lynch.
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down,” Trump wrote.
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
This comes after Jacksonville resident Terry Smiley was furious when he saw many Jacksonville Jaguar players taking a knee during the anthem. He decided to take action by hiring a pilot to fly a banner over EverBank Field before the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game against the Los Angeles Rams. The banner read, “Be American. Boycott the Jags and the NFL.”
“I am asking people to boycott the football games. I don’t watch it on TV,” Smiley said.
He went on to say that he has some questions that he’d love to ask the Jaguar players.
“Do you believe in your country? Do you believe in ‘The Star-Spangle Banner?’ If you don’t stand up for it now, you won’t have it in the future,” Smiley said.
“I have the right to protest and I’m going to protest it with bumper stickers, airplanes – whatever I go to do. I will continue to protest,” Smiley continued. “We boycott them and we hit them in the pocketbook where it (hurts) them. (Before) long, we’ll have them on both of their knees.”
“We have people who are legitimate concerns who happen to be NFL players. They still live in the community. They have a right to protest. That’s (Smiley’s) right. Just like the NFL players who take their knee that’s their right. He has the right to do what he is doing,” Jaguars fan Calvin Sinclair said.