If NFL fans want players to stick to football, they should take their own advice and STHU on social issues too

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport What's acceptable for athletes to discuss or speak on in the NFL? This is a valid question since fans who oppose Colin Kaepernick have the argument that NFL players should stick to the game. If that's the suggestion, then perhaps these same fans should STHU too! In fact, were it not for the 'faux-rage' of sports fans, many of the social issues would never have been brought to the gridiron. Before social media, sports fans were ignorant to the private lives of athletes. Of course, there were always reports of their bad behavior, but the larger part of their private lives were merely speculation unless they revealed or shared it. Now, with social media and the instal-fame-cameras-everywhere, society gets an instant connection to athletes and their private lives. Now fans know about their relationships, social lives and how they engage with others. Because of that, fans now have concerns about players' character. Fans started to become outraged by their criminal behavior and how they engage with others--especially women. Because of this 'faux-rage' the NFL started to crack down on behavior outside of the game. Contracts have morality clauses. The NFL started to punish players for criminal and personal behavior deemed to be 'unfit' and disrespectful to the shield. In addition, the NFL started to take a stance on issues like domestic violence and drug use. They partner with organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), the Boys and Girls Club and veterans organizations. These partnerships aren't bad, but they represent social issues. If NFL fans want players to stick to football, they should too. So, how'bout we take the national anthem OUT of games? How about we cancel the flag-waving and veteran honoring pre-game ceremonies? Let's not wear pink in October or have the NFL run ads talking about domestic violence. If NFL fans want to 'stick to football', then shut up about what players do off the field! Keep your mouths shut about who players engage with and stop the B.S. about your patriotism because that's not about football either. What we know about some NFL fans is that they seem to be selective about what social issues they care about. There's a problem with Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem, but they have no problem with players who have been accused of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and drug use being in the NFL. At the end of the day, the fans who claim they want players to stick to football are wrapped in moral fabric that has huge holes in it. If they don't like what Kaepernick stands for, their patriotism should be questioned. A symbol can never be elevated higher than what it represents. If they want players to stick to football, they should take their own advice and stay out of players' personal lives and leave ALL social issues out of the game. What do you think?

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