Angry NFL Fans Lash Out, Burn Jerseys Over Protests: "You Can Take Your NFL And Shove It"

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: Some angry NFL fans have chosen a different way to express their dissatisfaction with the league and some of its players. As Yahoo reports, Steelers' offensive-lineman Alejandro Villanueva's jersey becomes an overnight best-seller after he stands for anthem.

Villanueva already had a modicum of fame thanks to a commercial with USAA, the financial services company for military members and their families. The 29-year-old is a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan before returning to football (he played at Army) in 2014. He has played in 35 games over the past two-plus seasons with Pittsburgh, starting all three games so far this year.


On Saturday and Sunday, as NFL players discussed how to handle the callous remarks of President Donald Trump, who called players who protest during the national anthem “sons of bitches” and that they should be fired, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told his players that they must be unified – either they would be in agreement of what to do on the field, or no one from the team would be on the field.


Since they couldn’t come to a consensus, Pittsburgh players and coaches were supposed to stay in the locker room, though it was later amended to the team’s tunnel near the Soldier Field turf because of timing.


As the rest of his teammates stood in the shadows, however, Villanueva was about 20 feet in front of them, his hand over his heart, during the playing of the anthem.

His teammates were reportedly surprised that Villanueva stood by himself, as the edict was that the entire team was to show unity. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out with the rest of his teammates...

Tomlin said in a post-game press conference that he was looking for “100 percent participation” in whatever course of action the team took during the national anthem.  When asked by a reporter about Villanueva coming out for the anthem, Tomlin said, “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”

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As we detailed earlier, with all of the grandstanding and emotional reactions from the NFL over the weekend, the sport's smartest executives seemingly proved that they have no idea they're fighting a battle that simply can't be won. 

While it is clear as day to anyone who can disassociate themselves from the emotional response to being verbally attacked by a tweetstorm (as truly 'terrifying' as such a thing can be), the NFL doesn't seem to understand that while almost every American can agree that football is a great sport, roughly 50% of them will vehemently disagree with whatever political stance any given player or league exec decides to publicly announce.  And, since the NFL's future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.

But don't take our word for's just a couple of examples for what the fans had to say over the weekend.

"It's a disgrace. It's disgusting. They're getting paid to do a play ball and do whatever the fans want them to do."


"They're paying these guys to do a job.  They're not supposed to be involved in politics."

Meanwhile, this Ravens fan simply burned his jersey to the tune of the national anthem...

...while this Kansas City Chiefs fan (or 'former' fan as it were) was a little more vocal on exactly why he made the decision to burn all of his NFL gear. 

"You can take your Kansas City Chiefs and you can take your NFL and you can shove it."


"Now, think about that and think about the millions a year that you people are making to play a game while we got soldiers overseas that get paid minimum wage to put their lives on the line for that flag."


"Protest does not belong in our NFL sports.  It's a game."

But these videos were hardly unique as fans all around the country torched their NFL gear...

Brendan Finn, a New York Giants season ticket holder since the '80s, even decided to burn his tickets...

Finally, the owner of the Palmetto Alehouse in South Carolina took things to a whole new level after declaring that his restaurant would not air another NFL game until "all players pay respect to our flag and our country!!!"

"NFL will never be played at Palmetto Alehouse until all players pay respect to our flag and our country!!!" said the business owner to FOX Carolina, calling the players both entitled and arrogant individuals who use their position for advancement.


McCraw, an ex-military member, says he found the actions of NFL players protesting the national anthem by kneeling, disrespectful. He said he feels that athletes and people who've attained celebrity status should not be telling people what or what not to do because they don't share the same struggles as people who live normal lives.


"I do not support anyone that thinks that our country or our flag is not worth standing for," he explained.


"Our president is our president, but I don't stand in unity with everything he says," said the restaurant owner. "This is a country of one people and we need to stand for our flag."


"There are issues in this country that need to be addressed, but disrespecting our flag and our country is not the way to do it," said McCraw.


And as far as how the restaurant owner's decision will affect business, McCraw says he's not losing any sleep over it.


"It's no concern for me," said McCraw. "I'm an ex-military guy. My whole concept is about being local and supporting the community. It is not about supporting a concept that is disrespectful to our flag or our country, and I don't think the people that come to my bar will feel that this is disrespectful to them."

FOX Carolina 21


So, to all the NFL execs who can't help but politicize their league, good luck with all those "make-good" advertisements that will come out of your own pockets when your viewership hits an inevitable dip over the coming weeks.

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roadhazard's picture

The NFL will be there long after Trump is gone.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Makes you wonder what we're supposed to be distracted from.

secretargentman's picture

The opiate of the modern masses is turning bitter. Pray people wake from their slumber.

Keyser's picture

Funny how the NFL is ignoring it's own regulations regarding the national anthem... Much like the gubbermint ignoring the constitution....  

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

It's hilarious that all these cucks call this a free speech issue while niggers throw up black power fists, but just a month ago they didn't care about the Alt-Right being erased from the Internet.

This is why cuckservatives have zero credibilty.

rccalhoun's picture

and all the QBs have joined with arm interlocking and statments about unity.  the QBs (and owners) joined the movement due

to the PC police, the left agenda and in the QBs case---not getting a career ending injury because someone purposely missed their block.

what a shit show of political correctness.  the left demands it. the media demands it.  this is a spat between athletes and Trump...why

are they involving the national anthem?  


claytonmoore50's picture

"They're getting paid to do a play ball and do whatever the fans want them to do."

They are in fact, entertainers. Circus performers, dancing bears, gladiators if you will, for the modern day 'Bread and Circuses'.

If they piss off their fan base they may find their livelyhood affected.

Does anyone remember the Dixie Chicks? yeah, I dont either...

BullyBearish's picture

if you allow yourself to REALLY, REALLY care about this $ are owned

Post-Truth Society's picture

Know what's really disrespectful to our flag and country?  Trump pretending to have bone spurs to dodge the draft....

pods's picture

Why would you want another man's name on your back anyways?

Talk about shrunken testicles. Or maybe it's those tight lycra pants?


macholatte's picture


So a couple dozen peeps got headlines because they reacted to the NFL becoming the enemy of America..... wake me up after Budweiser makes a call to fire some players for their bullshit. Tell me when the bookies lose customers and they start complaining. Until then there is no effective backlash.

"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace,[1] as an offered "palliative". Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns.[2][3][4] The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Slack Jack's picture

How real wars are fought,....

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

Manthong's picture


As I explained to the missus…

If I walked into any of my clients and began the meeting or presentation by taking a knee, bowing my head and explaining that this gesture is in solidarity with my poor, black oppressed brethren….

I would be booted out to the street in a heartbeat and lose their business.

Even by the black clients.

TheDude1224's picture

We live in incredible times! Not only is Trump ruling the airwaves by triggering the leftist NFL nutjobs, but we have officially gotten away from the Russia narrative, the Harvey and Irma disasters, and the consistent freakshow that is the middle east. Way to go Trump! You have proven how irresponsible the left is with their media powers, and you have also proven how Americans have the memories of goldfish and the interests of an 18 year old valley girl...That Hllary Clinton book is so 2 weeks ago!

Antifaschistische's picture

one of the problems, is that NFL millionare black gentleman, are what millions of young black boys aspire to be.   Rather than aspiring to get all A's, they've somehow been dupped into thinking they can become a sports hero.

Perhaps this is the opportunity to shatter that absurd dream anyway and plant some realistic dreams in a few million youth heads.

(I know...I'll be hated by everyone who taught their kid that they really could be the President if they wanted....I'll take the punch)

TheDude1224's picture

Aww, you mean every child isn't special?

Thank you George Carlin, R.I.P!

california chrome's picture

Nice post TheDude - you covered it all other than Cali preparing for NK nuclear attack:



jeff montanye's picture

have you an equity interest in foreign policy since it charges to see content?

but, back to topic, this is such a win win kind of a fistfight:

the player protest sympathizers get radicalized about rejecting flag and anthem, and, perhaps, their extensions such as the military, the wars, and, dare i dream, our "brave little ally" behind them.  all to the good.

and those opposed to the protest reject the nfl and, should the protest spread to the, largely black, nba, perhaps a more general rejection of spectator sports, the greatest cash cow the (zionist) legacy media currently controls.  all good too.

for a buffoon, this idiot trump is playing a lot of aces.

juangrande's picture

Unless " left " means corporate fascist media, you couldn't be more brainwashed! Left media means Democracy Now, which holds more reality in its little finger than the main stream/ right wing yellow journalism of the last 40 years. 

jeff montanye's picture

you are closer to the truth, imo, than calling the legacy/mainstream media "left" (with the poor, against the king and aristocracy).  the msm clearly is with the king and the aristocracy save for that little hiccup with nixon.  after all they have the power, not the poor.

but that little hiccup explains a great deal about how calling the msm right wing isn't precise enough, as does the assassination of jfk a decade earlier.

the real control of these media instruments is held by people who aren't particularly republican or democrat.  in terms of loyalty they aren't even "americans".   they are israelis in thought and word and deed.  that is what explains what goes on the news shows and in the news stories as well as much of the rest.

watch and read with that in mind and you'll see what i mean.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Wait until American patriots start to boycott the companies that advertise on the NFL TV broadcasts.  Stop drinking Budweiser in protest and watch how fast the NFL acts to support Trump's position.

BarkingCat's picture

This is one problem with that thesis. At least for me it is. I do not drink that piss Budweiser anyway.


I also quit watching football a few years ago.

My decision was based upon watching these  men behaving like overgrown children.  

Bunch of worthless nitwits making millions of dollars a year and complaining about not making enough.

That's what did it for me.  


Watching this self-destruction now just makes me smile.

Bigly's picture



Talk about hypocritical. Isn't their raison d'etre to serve VETS???

Logically, if one hated the flag, why would they even be a vet (the draft notwithstanding)

juangrande's picture

Those guys go thru the equivalent of 3 major traffic accidents a week. And the old white dudes watch the value of their franchises go up by millions of $ a year. So yeah, the .0001% of physically gifted want a cut!

jeff montanye's picture

if they were truly paid what they were worth it would reduce the profits of the owners, and we can't have that.  

but this fracas may have repercussions the next time a fat cat owner wants big time city/county/state money for a new stadium, etc.

evildimensions's picture

Curious how is it that a Hindi-speaking Indian or a Mandarin-speaking Chinese person can come to this country with little if any knowledge of the culture, assimilate themselves, educate themselves, and prosper fantastically, in spite of all odds against them...

...while blacks do nothing but bitch about slavery (not seen for 150 years) and discrimination (Non-existent for at least 50 years) and pin it all on the white man.

Anybody want to explain this to me? Bueller? Anyone?

jeff montanye's picture

for starters i would cite the strong mathematics and scientific traditions of india and china.  further, immigrants (voluntary ones) have far more ambition, tenacity, drive, etc. than those left behind.  

a crucial consideration is what personal properties would characterize those that were captured, survived, sold (how many times?) to the eventual end user and then survived slavery long enough to reproduce.  and then the same survival to reproduction for descendants through slavery and a hundred years of jim crow.  answering that last question would take research beyond my skills to say the least but, speculating, the slavery process broadly defined would seem to be inimicable to many personal characteristics that would lead to success in today's society: ambition, individualism, self-education, iconoclasm, entrepreneurship, the ability to think for oneself, and so forth.  one might even posit the breeding of slaves with, to quote sixteen tons "a mind that's weak and a body that's strong".  and, if not actually "weak", at least highly subservient, not given to independent, critical thinking.  

your statement of the non-existence of discrimination for at least fifty years is, i believe, an exaggeration.  the pages here attest to the tenacity of such beliefs.  but the indian and the chinese face some of that too, but perhaps not quite as much.  as to pinning it on the white man, that is a logical place to start an explanation of the status of blacks, both in africa and in much of the diaspora, though the participation of the arabs in the slave trade deserves more than a footnote.  not sure where you would place that other tribe of semites, those of the hebrew persuasion, but they did their share of trading as well.  were there more surviving "indians" they would probably join in the chorus more audibly.  

on the other hand, it is certainly more comfortable to find explanations for poor performance outside of one's control than within it.

guru69's picture

you'd eat shit if you were told it was food

this site is run by some idiot dude in a cabin in the fringes of Montana

he has a 3rd grade education (you likely have less)

This is not proof.  Anybody can put together a website.  You blame the Jews as your catch-all because you don't know shit about anything.

Just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true, but you can jack off to your racist fantasies all you want.


jaxville's picture

  I watched about five minutes and I can assure you it ain't "clearly true". The man who founded national socialism worked behind the scenes to undermine it?!?!  Good grief....more jew bullshit to be filed with Hitler had syphilis. was a speed freak, chewed on carpets, was really jewish, would not have got into power without jew bankers, holocausted the jews etc...etc...etc.

  There is a reason our media is obsessed with creating irrational hatred for the man.  You might want to start by reading his book to understand why.

BennyBoy's picture


Why the fuck is a national anthem played before a game?

Its not played before seeing a movie.

Both are nothing but entertainment.

DieselChadron's picture

MY GOD.. I truly can't believe I never noticed that before.  That is a GREAT point.

Manthong's picture


I would say because it takes the two competing sides and fans and reminds them that although competitors (sometimes fierce) they are all united in a common heritage and tradition.

..except the guys on their knees.

It is not a bad thing.

It does not work for European football (soccer).

God save the Queen does not stop boozed up hooligans from tearing the place up and going at each other’s throats.


BTW, I do not watch way overpaid men playing child's games knocking a ball of some kind around.

meterman's picture

A puck is different. It's a whitemans sport.

evildimensions's picture

Went to a fight once, and a hockey game broke out.

BennyBoy's picture


Whats lost in this pseudo flag BS is that Colin Kaepernick's act was to protest police brutality.

Will everybody who's FOR police brutality please place your hand on your heart.

adr's picture

How about a white QB takes a knee to protest Black on White violence. How about some words to support the family of the young boy who was brutally tortured and burned alive by the ghetto mama who wanted to give her kid the present of a white kid to kill. Or the thousands of white people who have been targeted by the Knock Out Game over the past decade. How about CNN covers the story of the poor young white tourists who happened to go into a McDonald's in the wrong place and the wrong time.

The police serve no purpose to me. If it were left up to the people to police the ghetto, there wouldn't be a ghetto.

The police protect the worthless hood rats from the justice of the crowd.

When the ghetto rats got out of control in Cincinnati in the late 1970s, the Italians and Irish went in and killed a few of them. All of a sudden, the riot stopped. There was a reason why the Rodney King riot stopped. Went they tried to burn Koreatown, the Koreans stood in front of them with rifles.It's why there wasn't a ghetto invasion of white towns in Cleveland before the Mafia was taken out. If the ghetto started to creep up Murray Hill, dead bodies started rolling back down.

You can't reason with the ghetto, you can't make piece with it. It either is eradicated or takes over the host and kills it.


SDShack's picture

Some ZH poster said something like the following a couple years ago...

When black people riot, they destroy their neighborhood. When brown people riot, they destroy their city. When yellow people riot, they destory their country. But when white people riot, they destroy entire continents. The meaning being white people will take a lot of shit, but when you go too far, whites will end the conflict once and for all.

jaxville's picture

Totally agree.  I tell my friends who are concerned with the on going White genocide not to worry.  People will wake up even though things will get a lot worse before it gets better.

  Some years back I read Edgar Steele's book Defensive Racism.  He predicted a race war. At the time I thought it was was very unlikely.  Now I see it approaching like a loaded runaway freight coming down a 12 degree grade with no brakes.  Wish he was here to see this.

Freddie's picture

Those Korean used their guns in LA too. 

PrintemDano's picture

The police brutality they protset was BS.  The gentle giant et al.

Bob's picture

Turns out that Serpico was a real guy, not just an Al Pacino title character.  He's weighing in on this shit:

Bay Area Guy's picture

No.  What's lost in this is that Colin Kaepernick is not really a very good NFL quarterback and that is the main reason he isn't in the league.  Ray Lewis, who it's pretty much acknowledged killed a guy, is workshipped by the league and had no problems.  Greg Hardy is pretty much acknowledged to have beaten the shit out of his girlfriend and he had no problem getting signed.  Back in the day, Jim Brown was widely known for his stance on racial matters and he never had a problem being signed.  The difference is that each of these three players had a lot to offer in terms of beating the shit out of other guys on a football field, so owners looked the other way.  Kaepernick can't do that.  He doesn't have the skills.  The same thing is being acted out at running back.  Ray Rice never got back into football after domestic violence charges.  Ezekiel Elliot from the Cowboys gets all kinds of support to not be suspended for six games for domestic violence and pretty much acting like an asshole.  The difference?  Rice had lost a few steps whereas Elliot has not.

Bottom line.....if Kaepernick could play quarterback like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or even Scam Newton, he could burn the flag at the 50 yeard line before every game and teams would still line up around the block to sign him.

Retarded Idiot's picture

The NFL is dead. The fans are dropping it and the ad revenue will follow.

evildimensions's picture

CK's job is to throw a little ball down the field, or sometimes run it down the field. That is all this little overpaid prima donna does. He never took Fallujah. He never ran over an IED and lost a limb or saw his buddy blown to pieces...No. Becasue of the sacrifices of others he gets to throw a little ball down the field and gets paid millions to do it. His pathology is manifest in his own overinflated sense of self-importance and self-righteousness.

evildimensions's picture

BTW, who the fuck wears a 1960s afro or throws Oaktown black power salutes besides race-bating agent provacateurs?

Pedronicus's picture

We only play god save the queen when England Play (football is global game). Manchester United v Liverpool has no national anthem played.

Manthong's picture


That’s OK… we really don’t want to save the old bat.

-I am Prince Charles and I approve this message.

Manthong's picture


And maybe it’s not so bad that deluded blacks and their compatriot white virtue signalers kneel before the flag or during the anthem.

If Trump came out and said “you must kneel or genuflect before the battle pennant of the United States of America”, they would probably stand in protest.