Legendary football coach Lou Holtz has a response to NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem.
He explained how he would handle this whole issue if he were the commissioner.
“It’s a matter of choice. You choose to kneel for the National Anthem, you’re choosing not to play. It’s that simple. It’s your choice.
Now, I’m involved with [Housing and Urban Development] to try and get young people to make good choices and it’s difficult to get athletes involved in this because they have so many other things.
I don’t know why they’re kneeling, but I will say this to every athlete that may be listening:
What have you accomplished by kneeling for the National Anthem except cause the fan base to go down, the TV viewing audience to go down, the revenue to go down?
Lou Holtz: "Let's look at what you've accomplished by kneeling down during the national anthem: You're hurting the sport, you're hurting the future, you're hurting the revenue for other people coming up." https://t.co/fWowPSemvs pic.twitter.com/hJ4adA6KHO
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Now you haven’t accomplished anything. Now let’s look at what you’ve accomplished by kneeling down during the National Anthem:
You’re hurting the sport, you’re hurting the future, you’re hurting the revenue for other people coming up.“
Coach Holtz is absolutely correct.
Because there hasn’t been any impact on their bloated paychecks yet, these players still believe they’re immune to any consequences.
The operative word here is “yet,” however.
Because unlike the players, the owners have already felt the consequences of these protests: ticket sales are down and many former fans have burned their jerseys in protest of the NFL condoning players who kneel.
At some point, the owners will pass the losses on to the players. And for many football fans, this is a long overdue measure that will ensure the players return to doing their jobs instead of standing on their soapboxes.
“We have a problem,” said Holtz, “and kneeling on the National Anthem does not help it at all.”
Don’t you agree with Coach Holtz?