Well, this escalated quickly. After Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined the list of people objecting to Colin Kaepernick standing during the national anthem, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has revealed that the NFL gets paid to make player salute the flag.
Earlier this week Jones said he was “disappointed” in players that have chose to protest the national anthem.
Specifically, he stated:
“The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used, in every way we can, to support the great contributors in our society – that is people that have supported America, and the flag … For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
He wasn’t lying. He and his fellow owners are definitely in the “using” business.
On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith blew the whistle on Jones’ fake outrage by reporting that players were not mandated to stand until 2009. Until then, nobody stood for the anthem because players stayed in the locker room until it was time to come out on the field and play. He goes on to say that players were moved onto the field during the anthem as a marketing strategy to make them look more patriotic. Smith says that the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. National Guard paid the NFL more than $10 million combined to pull of the move.
Listen for yourself below.
Do you think this will change the mind of any of these #BoycottNFL bozos?