Giants co-owner John Mara said Colin Kaepernick’s protest created a response from fans unlike anything he’s seen. https://t.co/i4ZKufPFky
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 30, 2017
New York Giants owner John Mara received many ’emotional’ fan letters regarding the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were not thrilled to say the least.
Is anybody really surprised by this? I’ve become used to the standards that the NFL has created and clearly it has trickled down to the fans as well. It’s the same old bullshit. A player does something controversial, and then a Colin Kaepernick becomes the source for all the hate in the world.
The real issue are the NFL owners. Did you know that the US Defense Department paid NFL teams $5.4 mil just to have military veterans honored at football games following the 2014 season? If anything, that should get people far more angry for a clear lack of respect given by team owners.
Rarely do you see the same amount of hate for the people chilling in the booths upstairs.
Giants fans also confuse me in another way. There wasn’t nearly this much backlash when the world realized that they had a domestic-abusive kicker on the team in Josh Brown. How does Mara receive more mail for a kneeling the Giants never partook in, compared to an actual abuser they had on their team?!
All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told The MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more-so than any other issue I’ve run into,” according to ESPN.com
In fact, I’ve seen more outrage over Odell Beckham Jr. skipping OTAs compared to the Giants knowingly keeping Josh Brown on their roster despite his illegal activity.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) May 25, 2017
— Glenn Tanzman (@GTanzman) May 23, 2017
(In reference to Beckham skipping OTAs).
— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) May 24, 2017
There is no right or wrong party, but I feel as if there’s an interesting order of priorities around the NFL community.