NFL players may be freakishly large and muscular physically, but the recent anthem protest controversy has exposed many of them for being the children they actually are.
A recent anecdote about the protests also showed just how much NFL team owners have lost control over this situation. According to the story in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford (of the Ford automotive family) had to use money to make her team’s players agree to not kneel during the national anthem.
This ploy actually worked, despite the fact that many of the Lions players supported the protesters. The team agreed with Ford’s proposition, and ended up linking arms while standing during the anthem instead if kneeling.
Said Detroit’s runningback Ameer Abdullah, “As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues for the most part, generally. Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country.”