Remember when Monday Night Football was the hottest thing around? #BoycottNFL and AMERICANS HAVE SPOKEN!
Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles predicted that he and some of his teammates would stage some sort of a protest during the National Anthem. I wonder how many potential viewers decided to watch something other than the Eagles-Bears game because of it?
The Washington Post reports:
Sure enough, the veteran safety (Malcolm Jenkins,) defensive back Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means were shown raising their fists before their squad took on the Bears on national television. Another defensive end, Marcus Smith, reportedly also raised his fist.
Malcolm Jenkins, Steven Means and Ron Brooks raise fists during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/OSzrIXxTnO
— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) September 20, 2016
“For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself,” Jenkins told a Philadelphia radio station over the weekend. “Really it’s just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice, and that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. There’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country since its inception that put minorities, especially African Americans, at a disadvantage when you talk about quality of life and actually growing in this country.”
Jenkins said that he and his teammates decided to wait until Week 2 of the NFL season to protest during the anthem because the Eagles’ first game was on Sept. 11. “We wanted to make sure that we didn’t do anything to take away from the families that suffered from 9/11,” he told the station. “We didn’t want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone.”
So, many of us give Jenkins a bit of credit for not protesting on the anniversary of 9/11.
How were ratings on the Monday Night Football game where Jenkins and his buddies raised their fists in protest? Consider the following from ProFootballTalk:
The NFL continues to be America’s pastime, but fewer people are passing the time watching NFL games.
According to Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, Monday night’s Eagles-Bears snooze-fest generated an overnight rating of 8.3. That’s an 11-percent drop from last year’s Week Two Monday night matchup between the Jets and the Colts, and it’s also the lowest Week Two Monday Night Football rating “since at least ’09, and likely further back.”
The league has now seen an apple-to-apples ratings drop in each of the seven prime-time games this year. Next week, it may not get any better, with the Texans facing a Tom Brady-free Patriots team, Brian Hoyer and the Bears facing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, and a Falcons-Saints Monday night contest that goes up against the first presidential debate.
Think about that. Monday Night Football is down already, and they plan to compete with a Trump Vs Clinton Debate? Ratings from a debate of the type we will see this year will likely rival the Superbowl!
When will these spoiled, rich, whiny athletes realize that they can make their voices heard, but it is better for everyone, including themselves and their paychecks, if they do it in a positive way.
Maybe they will figure it out before Thursday Night Football? Perhaps…
Photo via Associated Press