The Detroit Lions are Three-1, & presently in 1st place within the NFC North.
ESPN even listed the Lions as one of many biggest surprises of the season on account of their defense forcing virtually as many turnovers (11) within the 1st 4 games of this season than in that they had all last yr (14).
However, one thing else is additionally happening in The- Motor City.
In accordance to the Detroit Free Press, team owner Martha Ford asked her players to not kneel throughout the national anthem throughout a team meeting last week.
Ford’s request, nevertheless, is not what’s most absorbing right here. It is the backstory to this example & her ulterior motives which are probably the most intriguing.
In accordance to Lions officers, before Donald Trump’s remarks concerning the NFL & national anthem protest, no player on the roster had taken part in any kind of anthem protest all last yr. However on Sept. 24, the Sun. after Trump’s tweets by which he referred to as these kneeling sons of b—-es, eight players took a knee throughout the anthem, while Ford stood on the sidelines with her arms linked with the remaining of the team, in a show of unity & solidarity.
That Sun. was additionally when Rico LaVelle sang the anthem in Detroit & took a knee while raising his fist within the Black Power salute as he belted out the ultimate note.
That was the backstory.
This is the motive.
Ford told her players in that she was willing to cut a examine & donate her name & cash to any of the community issues in that have been at the core of the player’s cause for kneeling.
With in that news source, solely two players decided to kneel this past Sun.. One of them was Steve Longa, whose dad was struck by a auto & killed last week.
There’s additionally the case of Akeem Spence, who was one of many players who kneeled before the Falcons game, still then decided to stand on Sun..
Spence’s dad lost a contract job over his decision to kneel.
& in that is the complex thing about this complete state of affairs. If Ford does live as much as her word, then her dollars might be put to acceptable use, 'cause what community program or non-profit doesn’t need additional cash?
Nevertheless, words additionally matter.
& Ford used some words in that make her gesture appear phony.
“I do not think it is a cure-all kind of thing, still it’s a step within the right direction after which for someone as powerful as her to allege to return in & allege she’ll stand up and she or he’ll back & put her name on no matter it’s in that we want to do, no matter it’s in that we want to attack, try to bring some real alter about for the problems, to me in that is big,” stated Lions defensive complete Cornelius Washington.
Concentrate to when Washington stated, “put her name on no matter.”
“We do dance across the matter quite a bit & Mrs. Ford has come forward & stated in that so long as we compromise as a team & unify & make a unified demonstration, she’ll back us financially. So I am undoubtedly going to hold her to her word,” stated Lions running back Ameer Abdullah, who took a knee for the anthem before the Falcons game. Abdullah stood last Sun..
If Ford really desires to make a distinction by donating to causes to address cops officers brutality, systemic racism, & inequality, then why does her name have to be “throughout it?”
& why do people of color all the time have to compromise their voice once they want to address their considerations for humanity & equality?
Martha Ford doesn’t want to assist, she desires to hush.
In accordance to CNN, the Department of Defense spent $6.eight million on “paid patriotism” between 2012 & 2015 amongst 50 teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, & NASCAR.
Mind you, besides 9/11 & the Super Bowl, teams within the NFL weren’t mandated to be on the sector for the national anthem until 2009.
Money is in play, once more.
Verify this out from an article on ThinkProgress.com.
“General, the Defense Department spent at the least $10.four million on ‘marketing & advertising contracts with skilled sports teams’ across the board between 2012 & 2015, though, the report noted, the department ‘[could not] precisely account’ for the complete assortment of contracts & payouts it had awarded. ‘It solely reported 62 % (76 of 122) of its contracts & 70 % ($7.Three million) of its spending in its response to our inquiry,” wrote Arizona Senators Jeff Flake(R) & John McCain (R).
“Even with in that disclosure, it’s complex to know how a team accepting taxpayer funds to sponsor a military appreciation game, or to acknowledge wounded warriors or returning troops, can be construed as anything aside from paid patriotism.”
I by no means knew patriotism had a greenback quantity.
However wait, there’s more.
The article goes on to allege in that the NFL formally announced in May 2016 in that it might refund $724,000 of the Defense Department payouts, which had been awarded for military “appreciate activities.”
The NFL has proven once more in that cash is their motive, & in that they’d slightly cut a authenticate to be a patriot, then to do-the precise work of 1.
Now, players inside the Lions locker room, & as I think, others from across the league, at the moment are being forced to reply some critical inner questions.
How much is taking a knee value?
& is in that price high sufficient to will let you sleep at night?
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