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No Wonder The NFL Protests Police!

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Christine Gritmon

I received an email from a listener to the morning show. Like so many of you, he’s disgusted with the on-field antics of the NFL players in disrespecting the American flag. Most probably don’t know what they’re protesting.  But, they are part of a team and they are supporting their teammates.  Ok, fine.

The catalyst of all this of course is Colin Kaepernick who’s original protest was against police brutality and injustice.  Wasn’t it?  He wore the socks at practice depicting police as pigs.

Are all police perfect? No.  Is there a conversation to be had? Yes. Will this get us there? Most likely not.  So why do?  When the answer isn’t clear, some will come up with answers of their own.  Like this list.

Our listener suggests that maybe the NFL players protest the police because so many of the athletes have had run-ins with police.  According to the San Diego Union, from 2000 to 2015 these teams had player arrests.

Minnesota Vikings 42
Cincinnati Bengals 40
Denver Broncos 36
Tennessee Titans 33
Miami Dolphins 28
Kansas City Chiefs 28
Jacksonville Jaguars 27
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Cleveland Browns 26
San Diego Chargers 25
Indianapolis Colts 24
Chicago Bears 23
Seattle Seahawks 20
New Orleans Saints 20
Washington Redskins 18
Oakland Raiders 18
Baltimore Ravens 18
Carolina Panthers 18
Green Bay Packers 17
Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Atlanta Falcons 16
San Francisco 49ers 16
Detroit Lions 15
New England Patriots 15
Buffalo Bills 14
Dallas Cowboys 13
New York Giants 13
Arizona Cardinals 12
New York Jets 11
Philadelphia Eagles 10
Houston Texans 9
St Louis Rams 8

Total 656

What’s it all mean, I don’t know, but it makes as much sense as anything else we’re hearing from the NFL.

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