I read that the NFL is reversing it’s rule that players can not kneel inside taxpayer funded stadiums. It was a mess last year as football went political and players could not just “do their job.” Then we heard all kinds of “we’re sorry” and we thought it was all done. But, alas, that was not to be. The players are back and demanding they can kneel inside the stadiums paid for by taxpayer dollars and by many who can’t afford to attend the games.
What a shame. What a disgrace.
We will soon be in negotiations with the Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, about taking down the Hart expressway to downtown to help fund his dream of the Entertainment District next to the Jags stadium. There will be many discussions. Much deal making in front of cameras and behind the scenes. And at the end of the day, Mr. Khan will get what he wants. That’s the way it works in cities that are run by rich men who use their influence instead of their own dollars to pay for their visions.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m “All In” for the Entertainment District. I’m “All In” for downtown development. I’m “All In” for cleaning up my city and making it The Place people want to live.
Where I’m “Not All In” is when they use our tax dollars to pay for it AND THEN thumb their noses at us and kneel on the grass we helped supply.
It’s painful to be used and abused and maybe, just maybe, one day the abuse will stop and all of us can stand together on behalf of this great country that has afforded so many NFL players the ability to make millions, live in mansions, drive expensive cars and live a life most of us can’t.
And the “most of can’t crowd” will be watching to see if anyone – anyone – in leadership will demand that players can’t kneel inside the Jaguar stadium because tax dollars helped build it.
For more information about the NFL reversal, check out this article:
For more information from Bloomberg about why taxpayers should NOT fund stadiums, read this:
And with those thoughts, I felt ending with the National Anthem would start the day off right. Will you stand with me and listen? God bless America.