In America we have a little thing called the Bill of Rights in the Constitution that spells out our God given rights that cannot be taken away. The 1st Amendment spells out our freedom of speech and religion.
Now, I may make a few people upset when I say that Collin Kaepernick has the right to protest in the way he is BUT we, as free Americans, also have the right to protest his protest by not watching NFL games and that is apparently exactly what many people are doing.
A Nielsen poll cited by Breitbart stated:
A new poll says that 44 percent of Americans will turn off NFL football games should players continue to kneel for the national anthem and disrespect the flag!
The poll result follows Nielsen ratings showing that many fans already do something else beside watching NFL football this season. Monday Night Football endured its lowest ratings earlier this week since moving to ESPN a decade ago and Sunday games also suffer year-to-year losses, albeit smaller than the double-digit decline witnessed at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The absence of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may help explain viewership losses. But another quarterback also not taking a single snap this young regular season undoubtedly suppresses ratings as well.
Almost a third of respondents expressed support for Colin Kaepernick’s protests of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Nearly half opposed his demonstrations. About a fifth of respondents didn’t know or didn’t care about the protests.
If people want to show disrespect towards the symbol of the very freedom they take for granted, that is their right but it definitely isn’t the wisest way to make the point they are trying to make. Making your fans angry will only disenfranchise the very people you are trying to reach. Maybe a prayer meeting or a non-violent gathering of concerned citizens would better serve his goals!
Source: Joe For America