The brutal reality: Kap is still unemployed!
Earl O. Hutchinson | 9/28/2017, 6 a.m.
They are ones whose feelings the owners repeatedly claimed they had to pay attention to and respect when wrestling with whether to sign Kap or not. They are the ones who flatly said in numerous informal surveys and polls that they oppose kneeling during the anthem. And most importantly, loudly swear that they would not support their home team if the team signed Kap. Trump almost certainly had them in mind when he saber-rattled the NFL to give Kap and any other player who disrespected the flag the boot. He spoke for them.
Trump also spoke for them when he doubled down and demanded that the NFL implement a rule banning kneeling during the playing of the anthem.
So, what’s next? Kap made his point. He paid the price for it, and in the process stirred a president, a league and a nation to react. However, a reaction is one thing, getting the point of Kap’s protest is another. Whether the owners and players truly got that point is, to be charitable, uncertain. But one thing isn’t — Kap is still unemployed. And if the owners have their way, that won’t change, and neither will their league.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.