The biggest issue facing
our country today is the tip-toeing and political correctness that has
brought us to the brink of disaster in national security, politics, and
sports. The question now is: do we have the fortitude, courage, and
determination to stand up to those who threaten our values?
Friday night in Alabama, President Trump did just that and took no
prisoners on the sports issue and the NFL players who disrespect our
Last year San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who by the
way is without a team this year, began the protest by taking a knee
during our Star Spangled Banner.
The fallout was swift and certain. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called
the president's comments “divisive” saying that they demonstrate an
“unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our
players.” He went on to say that the president exhibits “a failure to
understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players
represent in our communities.”
Roger, "force for good"? Are you sure you want to get into this fight?
Roger, if my memory serves me correctly your stance on some of the NFL
players and the women they batter is somewhat problematic. Think Ray
Rice… and Josh Brown.
And a neuropathologist examining the brains of 111 NFL players found 110
to have CTE aka “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” the degenerative
disease linked to repeated blows to the head.
Instead of mouthing off about how you are a force for good, Roger, maybe
you ought to get ready to reveal damaging information when the lawsuits
start. Think Aaron Hernandez.
According to USA Today NFL player arrests are not only disproportionate
to the general population, but the violence associated with these
arrests is shocking. And I'm not even talking about the homicides.
And Commissioner, instead of taking sides against the national anthem,
maybe you ought to think about your stock holders, your investors.
Even though the stock market, thanks to President Trump is at an
all-time high, there is one area that is suffering greatly. Companies
that broadcast, yes, the NFL games.
They are all down. Do you think that just maybe there is a correlation
between the NFL broadcasting stock slump, the NFL TV ratings fall off,
as the protests by these Bozos rises? Attendance is down at NFL games.
Sunday night football viewership is down at least 7 percent.
I’m sure you know that, as ESPN has become more political, it has had to
lay off employees because of its ratings.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says no one
should have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights.
He says they have “thoughtful discussions in our locker rooms and board
Hey, Maurice, the only people who choose a job that forces them to
surrender their rights are cops -- the ones who die protecting people
they don't even know.
The same liberals who want to protect the constitutional right of people
like Colin Kaepernick to symbolically reject America by taking a knee
were the ones quick to criticize Tim Tebow for bending a knee to pray
and thank God on the field.
And just on Saturday night the Golden State Warriors are refusing to go
to the White House -- placing blame on the president saying, he has made
it clear we are not invited.
That's nonsense… the president disinvited Stephen Curry, not the team.
Here’s my take: People watch sports to get away from day-to-day
stresses, work, illness, financial worries, we don't need to be reminded
of political divisions.
All of a sudden football players are lovers of the Constitution and the
First Amendment -- you're full of crap. And that includes Buffalo Bills
running back LeSean McCoy who called the president a word that I can't
say... You want to kneel, sit, or raise your fist during the national
anthem, you ought to go kneel in front of a guy who has lost his limbs
fighting for you so that you can call the president that!
And don't give me this crap that you guys want to support reform and
stand up against social injustice.
You tell me the last time you sat on a jury.
You tell me the last time you joined a school board or fought for laws
that help the people you supposedly want to help.
When was the last time you voted? Wrote a letter to your legislator or
You want to convince America that this is about social justice and the
Constitution then maybe you ought to get off your ass and do something
positive for the country that has allowed you to make a fortune.
America has been incredibly good to you. From the time you displayed
talent in sports as a youth America allowed you to shine and become
There are so many of you who make tens of millions of dollars why don't
you get together and take care of the social injustice instead of
disrespecting our country?
The country that has turned you into heroes while you train 8-year-olds
who don't know any better to take a knee against America… because
they're taking their lead from all of you when they don't know any
Shame on you.
Shame on all of you.
And shame on you, too, Roger Goodell for not showing you love this
country as much as the president does -- when you had the chance.
This column was adapted from Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Opening Statement on
September 23, 2017.