I am only an occasional pro-football watcher and I only watch on television. I pay enough attention to have seen the original Kaepernick offense. Colin Kaepernick, is an S.F. Giants quarterback, who kneeled down during the National Anthem in protest to police killing blacks in self defense.
For the four weeks after Kaepernick became news and was joined by other football players the NFL saw its TV audience shrink stunningly, nearly 25%. With the drop in all age groups.
With great uniformity, the NFL and all the major football sports announcers gave a week by week explanation of the falloff in viewership based on five agreed upon reasons: cord cutting of TV, good players benched or retired, competition with presidential politics and a couple of other absurdities.
This is a case of deliberate blindness by the NFL and sports commentators. 'America' and football had become synonymous as had baseball in earlier days. So a deliberate insult to America by Kaepernick and others was a direct insult to football fans. Everyone but the closest paid friends of football knew this.
But the NFL, their team owners and players deserve this financial blow. They have become the enemies of their fans for not stopping the Kaepernick behavior the moment it started.
Cowards and their blind arrogance deserve the consequences.