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At a rally in Alabama, President Trump said the following &ldquo;Wouldn&rsquo;t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a b---h off the field right now, out, he&rsquo;s fired, he&rsquo;s fired.&rdquo;<br />\n The next day the president tweeted &ldquo;If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our great American flag or country and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU&rsquo;RE FIRED. Find something else to do.&rdquo;<br />\n These two statements for some reason got all these macho football players&rsquo; jocks in a wad. Liberal pundits and politicians who gladly accept support from filth-spewing Hollywood and the murderous Planned Parenthood feigned outrage at the president&rsquo;s use of SOB. The media took the handoff from the players and turned the president&rsquo;s statements into a full-blown race controversy. What football fans across America didn&rsquo;t see coming was a double reverse when the NFL itself took this ball and ran with it.</p>\n<p> SADLY, IT was not only the players who ran with the kneeling play, but also the owners and the league office who endorsed this behavior. The solution was a fake handoff during the National Anthem of all the players and owners linking arms in a show of unity. But the play blew up in the NFL&rsquo;s face because no one explained who they were showing unity with or against. Was it unity with the &ldquo;kneelers&rdquo; who are supporting cop-hating Kaepernick? Or was it unity against President Trump who dared to give a negative opinion on the anthem protestors? It certainly wasn&rsquo;t unity for the United States as that would have entailed respectfully standing with right hands over hearts.<br />\n NFL fans may have been caught off guard by the double-reverse but they reacted quickly and managed to make a bruising tackle that put the entire league into the concussion protocol. NFL fans burned tickets and merchandise, turned off television sets, booed players and during Thursday night&rsquo;s Bears/Packers game loudly chanted USA, USA, USA while the players played their silly little arm-linking game.<br />\n America and the NFL should be treated similarly. In the NFL, receivers drop passes, linemen miss blocks, coaches make bad decisions, players are penalized, referees miss calls, but the fans don&rsquo;t give up on the league. America has its share of blemishes as well but to quote Abraham Lincoln our country remains &ldquo;the last best hope of Earth.&rdquo;<br />\n Kaepernick and the other NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem in order to protest police brutality, oppression and injustice implies they believe these problems are woven into the very fabric of the American flag.<br />\n It makes about as much sense as believing that domestic violence, substance abuse and out-of-wedlock children are endemic to the NFL.</p>\n<p> NOW THERE&rsquo;S something to kneel against.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPLevy</p>\n', created = 1574405784, expire = 1574492184, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4eb82f8392be29ca986f298e6aa1fe98' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Fourth and long for the NFL

DEAR MARK: September 29, 2017

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