The ignorance of NFL players

Re: Taking a knee, anthem protest


Large numbers of NFL players are committing financial hara-kiri over concocted issues such as “police brutality against African-Americans,” claiming that an inordinate number of unarmed blacks have been killed by police officers.

These pampered players who play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom are being used by ideological forces for purely political purposes. If they’re so concerned about how many young black men are being killed, perhaps they should study the facts before making fools of themselves.

According to the Washington Post, the police fatally shot 233 blacks in 2016, the vast majority armed and dangerous. They found only 16 black “unarmed” male victims of police shootings, and many of those involved assaults again police officers.

City Journal magazine reported that in 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. While comprising only 6 percent of the population, black males have accounted for 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade. It worsened in 2016 with a 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers, committed vastly and disproportionately by black males.

The rate of violent crime has risen by 4 percent in 2016, with homicides up 8 percent. Researcher Heather MacDonald attributes this rise to what she calls the Ferguson Effect whereby officers are backing off of proactive policing in high-crime minority neighborhoods, and criminals are becoming emboldened, wreaking havoc on more and more innocent, law-abiding black people in urban areas. And yet the demonization of the police continues unabated, including by many of the country’s ignorant professional athletes.

A recent Gallup poll showed that support for the NFL among fans has dropped by over 10 percent since 2012 with most of the decrease coming after Colin Kaepernick’s juvenile kneeling last year and now with large numbers of NFL players doing so this year. If this continues, the NFL will start feeling the pinch in revenues which, in turn, will depress player salaries. And that won’t bother me one bit.

Any American can protest anything. But it should be done on the person’s own time, not at their workplace. And if these guys are so concerned with senseless black murders, maybe they should protest outside Chicago’s city hall where more black teenagers are murdered by other blacks each month than the police kill in a year.

 Vera Cole