Trump’s NFL Involvement || Online Football Betting Recap of Anthem Protests
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The 2018 online football betting season is still a long ways off. In fact, we still haven’t even gotten to this year’s draft. Nevertheless, some recent news has caught the attention of online sportsbook players. We all remember the debacle that was the anthem protests that plagued the league all year long. On one hand were black athletes, who felt disenfranchised from the rest of the nation. And on the other were the league owners, who were desperately trying to the money pouring out of the league as a result of the protests. But as the story developed, Trump’s NFL involvement was inevitable.
After winning his presidential election, Trump went on to critique the league for disrespecting the anthem. Trump ran on a campaign heavily focused on ‘America First’. Subsequently, themes of patriotism and love of the military were natural to his campaign. So it shouldn’t have been all that surprising to see Trump go after the league. However, some insiders felt that Trump was going after the NFL due to their refusal of letting him join as an owner. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get some details as to Trump’s motives, a recent audio leak revealed how the owners felt about Trump.
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“I feel like he was hung out to dry,” Eric Reid, a former teammate of Colin Kaepernick, stated behind closed doors in an NFL owners meeting that was supposed to be private. “Everyone in here is talking about how much they support us… Nobody stepped up and said we support Colin’s right to do this. We all let him become Public Enemy No. 1 in this country, and he still doesn’t have a job.”
The meeting in question was held in October of last year. After watching the league’s revenue continually drop, the owners knew they needed to do something. So a meeting, which ended up being 3 hours long, was held. Supposedly, the meeting was held to help bridge the gap between the owners and players. The players were tired of seeing Kaepernick jobless and the owners were tired of watching revenue plummet.
“This kneeling,” stated Robert Kraft, New England Patriot’s owner and supposed friend of Donald Trump. “the problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America. It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”
In the end, not much came out of a meeting. There was a photo op so that the press could have something to mulch on. But ultimately, the protests continued and the issue never really met an end. Once the playoffs rolled around, it seemed that fewer and fewer people were giving attention to the protests. Going forward, the real question is whether or not the league is done with these protests.
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The best thing for the owners would be for the players to stop protesting. Realistically speaking, the owners are only preoccupied with the bottom line. If the protests were to stop, you can expect for the league’s public image to rise back up. If they don’t, it’s extremely likely that Trump will go after the league once more.
That meeting ended with the owners pinning the grunt of the word. In short, the owners told the players that they needed to go out into the community and figure out how to have a positive impact. If they’re able to, the owners will support them 100%.
This is a difficult situation and there’s no easy way out for anyone. However, as online NFL betting players, we’d like to see this resolved as amicably as possible.