While Hub Arkush reported Wednesday there appears no end in sight to the way players are silently protesting unless President Trump apologies or walks back some of his rhetoric and name-calling, it will be fascinating to see how much of the crowd will follow the request of the face of their franchise.
Television cameras will certainly do their share of crowd-scanning, and if there are only patches of visual togetherness, it will be interesting to see if there's influence from the league to share that only. Will wider sections be shown to see if most fans are actually in the stands for the anthem, or choose to shape their patriotism by using that as a time for the concession stands or restrooms?
Most teams and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made statements last weekend about unifying, supporting their players' right to protest, while often praising their philanthropic work off the field. But I only counted seven that included words or phrases at the center of the matter, such as "equality," "inequality," "social injustice," "inclusion," "diversity of thought," and "existing racial and other divides."
Despite being at the center of this, Kaepernick remains on the outside looking in. Rodgers told ESPN The Magazine on the eve of this season he shares the common belief the former Super Bowl quarterback should be on a roster and is not, strictly because of his protests.
So if so a certain segment of fans looks strictly at players as being disrespectful using their rights to make a peaceful statement on the most visual platform they have, is there anything they'd accept beyond just "shut up and entertain me!"?