Hardcore fans of the National Football League are tuning-out in droves, with over 30% of self-described “fans of the NFL” choosing to change the channel after their favorite athletes openly disrespect the national anthem and American flag.
The fans tell the New York Post they are intentionally “watching less football this season,” and over half directly blame the ongoing controversy over the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ as the reason they’re tuning-out.
According to a new poll, 52% said they were watching something else because they “disagreed with the protests.”
The NFL found itself in the center of a media firestorm after professional athletes chose to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem; a visible protest of police brutality and historical injustices in the United States, according to players.
President Trump called-out the “disgraceful” athletes and owners, asking NFL fans to boycott the league until officials and owners instituted new guidelines that prohibit players from protesting during the playing of the national anthem.
"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem," wrote the President.