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Trump should stop attacking the NFL

I’ve been boycotting the NFL for three seasons. I started pulling my support as far back as late-2012. My beef came before Colin Kaepernick decided to get attention for himself to try to save his once-promising career. For many reasons, from the boosting of awful role-models to the greed they showed during “Harbowl” in 2013, I decided that if I’m going to spend my free time doing something fun, it might as well be doing something I can support. Sunday lunch-and-leisure with the family was born and I’ll never go back to the NFL.

This was harder for me than I thought. I’ve always loved football. I love watching it. I loved playing it in high school. I love talking about it. Principles over pleasures is tough sometimes, but it was especially tough with the NFL. I know I’m not alone.

President Trump has decided to go after the NFL. Like every other American, he has the right to express his feelings. The difference with a President is that those feelings turn into press coverage. The President has a certain degree of moral authority over the people who support him (scary to think of that considering our last four presidents, but it’s true). From the Oval Office, a president wields a great deal of influence over the nation and the world. That influence should be used to address real issues. The world has plenty of them.

The NFL is not one of them. It’s a waste of his and our time for the President of the United States to be focusing on something as unimportant as the National Football League.

There’s a bigger problem with the attention he’s paying to them. This is a private industry driven by private corporations supported by private citizens. We don’t need to President or any other politician getting involved in this situation. We, as American consumers, have a valid dispute when the representatives of a product are condemning something many of us cherish. Many others in America do not cherish it, so the battle lines have been drawn.

Americans can express their dismay by withdrawing support for the NFL. That means not watching games, not buying merchandise, and often publicly expressing our feelings. Americans can also express their support by embracing or even mimicking the actions of Kaepernick and other players. They can watch games, buy merchandise, and publicly express their support. The majority of Americans will either watch the NFL or not based upon their personal desires regardless of how the players behave. This is how America works.

It’s starting to become clear that more people are pulling their support. Last Thursday’s game in San Francisco had a laughable attendance. Television ratings are dropping. What does this tell us? It means we can handle the NFL in our own way without government interference or politicians riling up their bases.

I’m not sure what the President is doing. Is this misdirection, changing the subject from Russia, North Korea, and other real issues? Is this hopping onto a populist issue so he can claim to be making an impact later when things turn south for the NFL? Is he just saying whatever pops in his head?

Whatever the President’s intentions, he really just needs to stop. We can take care of the NFL. We need the President to stay focused on important things, not idiots playing a sport.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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