Stating that the recent protests sweeping the nation concerning racism, police brutality, and inequality are starting to make them feel uncomfortable, the nation's targets of such protests are beginning to strike back. "Look, I completely understand where these protests are coming from, but I just wish these groups could find another way to protest that doesn't make me feel so uncomfortable" Ever since the recent protest of a few NFL players during the national anthem, many sports fans are also starting to call for a change--to the protests themselves that is.
"Look, I respect the constitution and first amendment and all that stuff, but these players taking a knee are being really disruptive, I come to these games to watch football, not protest, and that includes during the national anthem", said Jets season tickets holder Douglas Kern. "I just wish they'd protest on their own time, so I wouldn't have to acknowledge this disrespect." Many NFL fans say that they have begun to be turn off by the anthem protest, and are beginning to question their love of watching large men crashing into one another due to some of the players actually admitting they are indeed sentient beings who have an existence outside of the physically detrimental sport.
"I am so tired of these spoiled millionaires who play a game for a career talking about injustice," says Pittsburgh Steelers season ticket holder, indirect billionaire supporter and totally not jealous fan Jason Lawrence. "They need to stick to sports". Stick to sports is a refrain from many NFL fans who believe that the athletes should focus on the only thing they are good at, and leave complex racial and socioeconomic matters that plague minorities of all social strata to the much more informed sports fans. "I'm tired of politics that I don't agree with being interjected into sports, sports used to be an escape," says the never systemically oppressed Eagles fan Kevin White. With many sports fans and Americans, in general feeling threatened by calls for equality, one thing is certainly clear: these protesters need to find a more constructive, less offensive way to call for basic dignity than peaceful protest.