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NFL players resume protest, Trump chokes on his Russian pretzels

August 10, 2018

Vladimir Putin’s second in command is wilding again over NFL player protests because the only things he shows consistency in is lying and bigotry. As the pre-season kicks into high gear, a handful of N.F.L players have renewed their protests against social inequality and police brutality by either kneeling (a stance made infamous by Colin Kaepernick in 2016) or raising their fists during the national anthem. Trump, as usual, had his Twitter fingers ready to blast protesting players.

There was much speculation around whether players would resume protests especially after the League showed their whole racist asses by updating its rules – without notifying the players union – obligating players to stand on the field while anthem is playing or stay in the locker room. Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins had stopped demonstrating last season after he and a coalition of players had negotiated funding for social issues. The updated league rules has Jenkins back to demonstrating with the aim of highlighting the hypocrisy of the the league.

“Quite frankly, guys in our league don’t like being told what to do, what they can and can’t do. We don’t have this type of policies for the other causes we support, whether it be our ‘Salute to Service,’ or breast cancer awareness, or anything else. It’s just when you start talking about black folks, quite frankly. It’s disheartening, but we’ll continue to be creative.” – Malcolm Jenkins to Philly.com

The past two seasons have shown dozens of players protesting the anthem but Putin Jnr. Has deliberately misunderstood the reason for protests – accusing players of disrespecting the military – in order to enact some kind of vendetta that culminated in “a full-blown crisis for the league last September when President Trump criticized the league’s owners for not penalizing players who protest,” according to The New York Times. “In response to backlash from the president and some fans, the league tightened its policy, which now includes potential fines against teams whose players protest. The league has allowed teams to decide on their own whether they want to penalize players directly.”

Colin Kaepernick still has not been signed since being the first player to protest in 2016. He has filed grievances, accusing the league owners of conspiring to keep him unemployed and the league isn’t showing an sign of slowing down. Kaepernick’s old teammate on 49ers Eric Reid is also unsigned after regularly kneeling during the anthem in 2016 and 2017. He is also filing a grievance against the league. Plantation mentality is running amok through the N.F.L and Trump is dedicated to infringing on the right to free speech that all those players are entitled too. This season will be interesting because there is no N.F.L without the players but in this racist climate of “shut up and dribble”, we won’t know if that power will ever be used.

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