Kaepernick, Protesters Not To Blamed For Ratings Coast - NFLPA

Kaepernick, Protesters Not To Blamed For Ratings Coast - NFLPA

By Steve Keating

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Colin Kaepernick and other protestant players were non to fault for a downslope in Internal Football Conference television receiver ratings, the head word of the NFL Players Connection said on Thursday.

Kaepernick, the former-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sparked a subject fence in 2016 when he refused to place upright during the U.S. hymn to dissent against patrol shootings of minorities and racial disparities in the Justice Department organisation.

Other players make opted to 'subscribe a knee' during the anthem ever so since, with the protests dissemination to other job sports.

The protests polarised many in the U.S. with Chief Executive Donald Trump, who has named for protesting players to be discharged or punished, and some pundits linking the contestation to a lantern slide in the league's video ratings.

The NFLPA, however, said on Thursday show did non backward the lay claim.

"I think every bit of detailed analysis demonstrates that it is wrong," NFLPA prediksi togel chairwoman DeMaurice Smith told reporters forward of Sunday's First-rate Pipe bowl between the Freshly England Patriots and City of Brotherly Love Eagles.

"There isn't a television show, a news show that isn't at least experiencing a double digit decline.

"To effort to thole declining ratings on any one affair is beingness intellectually venal."

While Kaepernick has not been spotted in Minneapolis during the build up to the Super Bowl his presence has been felt.

Trump raised the issue of standing for the anthem again during his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has been supportive of players rights to protest, discussed it on Wednesday.

The impact of Kaepernick's activism was also on display at the NFLPA's media conference as a video featuring the quarterback and his lone protest that grew into a social movement was broadcast.

A poster with players' hands raised and the caption, "I am an Activist" was also displayed on one side of the room.

Kaepernick's activism, however, has come at a cost.

He has been unemployed this season despite injuries at other teams that have created job openings and pundits have suggested his protest was the key reason teams are wary of signing him.

Last October, he filed a grievance against the NFL accusing the 32 owners of collusion.

Smith, like Goodell, refused to comment on the case but noted the season had been the most rewarding in charge of the NFLPA, as members locked arms and rallied around a cause.

"What you've seen this year, for me personally, is single of most exciting and electrifying and in many ways one and only of the almost rewarding geezerhood I've had in this job," said Smith.

"You see to it a mathematical group of manpower World Health Organization responded as a team, at times responded with More esteem than the honour they were tending." (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)