#BoycottNFL became a top trending topic on Twitter today after white users became fed up with protests of the “Star Spangled Banner.” San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spurred the movement in late August. Since then, many other athletes joined in.
And white Twitter is not having it.
@USAsHero dismissed NFL stars like Kaepernick and Brandon Marshall of the Broncos as “spoiled, entitled babies.”
Jeanna Eckert called for a boycott over two weeks ago to draw attention to Kaepernick’s “right to be stupid.”
Kaepernick has a right to be stupid. The rest of us have a right to point it out. #boycottNFL
— ❌Government Cheese 🧀 (@HillarysArmpit) August 30, 2016
Jedidiah Williams also used the 49ers player as his reason for opposing the league. Williams called Kaepernick a “spoiled cry baby” who “doesn’t know jack squat about…sacrifice.”
PJG decided he would avoid the NFL “if more losers continue to disrespect our flag.”
William Paxton responded to former congressman Joe Walsh’s criticism of the players. Paxton stated “the rich and privileged” were “disrespecting our country and propagating lies.”
@HiCaliberLilGal responded to Tariq Nasheed’s argument against an NFL fan strike. She said the league is “paying a Black guy millions for mediocre athletic performance.”
Nasheed shot back at his critic by alluding to Nazi Germany’s history with Jewish athletes before the Holocaust.
the Nazi's paid Jewish athletes a lot of money too, right before they sent them to Auschwitz
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) September 9, 2016
And more Black Twitter users pointed out the silliness and hypocrisy of the hashtag.
L. Darcel explained there was no boycott when rape accusations about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger emerged in 2008 and 2010. Nor did a boycott occur when former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his then-fiancé in an elevator.
Y'all didn't #boycottNFL when Ben raped those women or Ray rice beat his girlfriend. But y'all boycotting over a flag. Go play in traffic
— L. Darcel (@BelleUnplugged) September 9, 2016
Darryn M. Briggs pointed out player concussions as an un-boycotted issue.
So let me get this straight – you don't want to #boycottNFL over
but over peaceful protest?
— Darryn M. Briggs (@darryn_briggs) September 9, 2016
Chris P. used a humorous GIF of James Harden to show his reaction over the uproar.
— Chris P (@CouchCoachP) September 9, 2016
BYHISGRACE8 provided a quote from late political singer Nina Simone for her response.
The user proclaimed anyone who wants to boycott the NFL believes its players have “no right to think for themselves.”
— StolenAfrican (@BYHISGRACE64) September 9, 2016
But at least one Black person thought an African-American boycott of the league could force change.
We african Americans have so much control over the entertainment industry. We have to take back our power! Lets assert ourselves #boycottNFL
— Elae Weekes (@EleazerW) September 9, 2016