NFL is ok with players sitting on their ass during the National Anthem but FINES a player who wants to honor 9/11 victims

By now, if you have been paying attention you have heard about pampered professional athletes who get paid millions of dollars a year like Colin Kaepernick who hate the injustice in America that has “kept them down.”

I did a little write up about my feelings on the matter here: US Soccer Pro Megan Rapinoe Has Meltdown When Her Disrespecting Of the National Anthem Gets Thwarted

But this article isn’t about the athletes this time.  It’s about the NFL itself and its pussyfooting around to make sure they don’t offend anyone that hates America.

You see, when it comes to disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the military who died for the liberty they enjoy and the freedom to be MILLIONAIRES, the NFL is fine with players sitting on their asses or staying on their knees because “it’s a free country” and they have the right.  This is true.  They do have the right. Doesn’t MAKE it any less repulsive but this is a free-ish country (despite Obama’s best efforts) so they can be reprobates if they want.

What stokes my ire is what happened when someone wants to do something that falls outside of the progressive anti-American sentiment.

I speak mainly of Tennessee Titan lineback Avery Williamson.

Williamson had planned on wearing a pair of commemorative cleats honoring those lost 15 years ago on the Islamic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th.  Giant’s receivers Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz are expected to do the same.

One would think that honoring those lost on the anniversary would be a fitting and moving tribute.  And seeing how the NFL is fine with having its players disrespect the sacrifices made for this country they would also welcome a counterpoint.

They don’t call the NFL the no fun league for nothing.

An NFL representative called Williamson when it heard about his plans and informed him that he would be fined for a uniform violation if he wore the cleats.

Here’s a picture of Williamson and the cleats


The star spangled cleats say on the heel says “9/1/01” and “Never Forget”


Williamson, by all accounts being a stand up kind, of guy felt that after the NFL contacted him that his message would get diluted if he wore the cleats and it would also take away from his teams efforts in their game.  Personally I would wear the cleats and tell the NFL to pound sand but I can appreciate Williamson’s position as not wanting to take an act of commemoration and turn it into a circus.

Instead Williamson will be auctioning off the cleats and donating the money to Operation Warrior Wishes.

About the charity:

Operation Warrior Wishes is a national 501c3 with the mission to honor heroes, keep legacies alive and provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to warriors from the battlefields to the ballfields. They have hosted and honored almost 2,000 heroes, wounded vets, fallen heroes, and first responders at over 600 events in past 4 years. They enter their 5th season of hosting and honoring heroes at all 32 NFL stadiums and will be in Baltimore on 9/11 this year.

Williamson’s class and actions have not gone unnoticed though.  The Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Department reacted to this outrage perpetrated by the NFL and released this statement in support of Williamson:

“The PAPD is the police department that has always patrolled the World Trade Center complex. On September 11, 2001, the PAPD lost 37 police officers at the World Trade Center, the largest, single loss ever suffered by a police department in the history of American law enforcement. …

“We, along with the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, are offering to pay any reasonable fine levied by the NFL if Avery chooses to wear his 9/11 cleats.”

Though I doubt Williamson will change his mind for the reasons I spoke of before, it is good to know that the people he sought to honor and remember know and appreciate his effort.

And furthermore know and repudiate the cowardly and ridiculous actions of the NFL.

One of the Union heads for the officers, Paul Nunziato, said that NFL Commisioner Roger Goddell would be “commit(ing) a personal foul against humanity” if he leveled a fine against Williamson.

I don’t disagree.

Goddell is a jackass for a number of reasons but this one takes the cake.

Sit on your ass and disparage this nation, the flag, the anthem and those who sacrifice for it and you get the NFL’s seal of approval.

Try and show some honor and class to the nation and those who lost their lives from Islamic terrorism 15 years ago?  Well, the NFL is going to make you pay.

The outrage is sickening and so are Roger Goddell and his cronies.

As for Avery, I hope he keeps on being a positive force in the world.  Looking over his webpage the young man has made sure to give back a lot to his community for the opportunities and blessings that he has earned.

Take a look for yourself at

If you want to reach out and contact Avery via his website to thank him for his efforts I encourage you to do so.  If you want to tell him you learned about his ordeal at Bullets First I’d appreciate that too ;o)


UPDATE: Williamson did the ol rope a dope with the NFL and in doing so solidified my admiration for him.  During pregame warmups he came out wearing simple white cleats but come gametime he switched to the patriotic ones pictured above.

Williamson said he wore the plain cleats to avoid NFL representatives approaching him before the game. He said Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey were supportive of his decision.

“I just didn’t want it to be a distraction, and they were fine with it,” Williamson said, “so I went ahead and did it.”

Williamson added that it was the outpouring of support that patriots around the country gave him including many first responders.

“I just felt like I got so much support across the country, and especially when the New York and New Jersey police unions said that they would pay my fine, that really meant a lot, so I felt like if I didn’t wear them, I just wouldn’t have felt good about it. I felt like I had to do that, just for myself and to represent the people that were lost and the people that do their jobs every day to protect us. I feel like it was just a duty.”

Avery Williamson is the kind of guy who stands up for what he believes in and is willing to pay the price for doing so.  Unlike others who stay seated and risk nothing.

Your move NFL.

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