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Setting out to determine why NFL kneeling protests create so much outrage, The Washington Post's sports columnist Sally Jenkins concludes that it comes down to fan anger over a denial of American exceptionalism.
Opening her examination of the controversy, Jenkins says the various NFL factions must understand "why the controversy burned so hot in the first place. Billionaire owners and players alike have been dumbfounded and tin-eared, failing to comprehend how a protest involving just 12 percent of players seeking to comment mildly on racial injustices has swamped the league and alienated a large chunk of the audience." Just last week sports media told us the NFL's TV revenues proved the audience had not been alienated.
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And, Jenkins writes, lest you get side-tracked by the question of who is the truer American, set aside the notion that the protesters (see photo of Panthers' Cam Newton protesting the anthem) are the thinking, reading men on the field and the president is the unthinking one who's ready to exile anyone who disagrees with him:
"To their credit, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL players’ union have decided they won’t be dictated to by Donald Trump. 'Thanks for your thoughts, but we’ll take it from here,' player representative Eric Winston tweeted in reply to the president’s demand that any player who doesn’t stand at attention with hand over his heart during the anthem be suspended. Instead NFL owners and players will try to agree on a new policy in confidential meetings."
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Now that Jenkins and the protesters she adores have been determined superior to her straw man in the Oval Office, Jenkins embarks down history lane to describe how football fans have taken us to where she doesn't want us to be in 2018.
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