Yesterday, the Houston Texans came out with a statement that they would not be signing players who want to kneel during the national anthem. And now, Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, has made his official mandate for the team going forward.
Ross, who originally was a proponent of players’ choice to kneel during the anthem, has now come out and said that he will require all players to stand at the playing of the national anthem. He said that his original opinion has changed due to the public perception of the protests as being anti-American and anti-military.
For the most part, Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, and Julius Thomas were the main players who decided to kneel for a good part of the season. Both Thomas’s are not expected to return to the team next year. As for Kenny Stills, he has been one of the Phins most prolific receivers this season, so we will have to see how this new rule will sit with him.
The fact of the matter is, the Texans and Dolphins will not be the last teams to institute this rule going into the 2018 season. The protests caused teams and the NFL to lose lots of money last year, and if it’s one thing a bunch of rich guys don’t like, it’s losing money. Whether or not or they have a sense of patriotism, money is the real issue here for the owners.
Correction to this earlier story: Both Stephen Ross and the Houston Texans are gutless and walked backed their previous comments today.