The NFL and Their Deafening Silence on the Coup D’état at the Capitol
by Ameer Hasan Loggins
The sound of silence surrounding the Capitol coup d’état is deafening by one of Trump’s most prominent groups of “friends” and financial supporters — the team owners in the NFL.
Aloud, the NFL has gone to great lengths to align its league with frontstage performances of pledging allegiance to patriotism. The league had no problem marketing manufactured nationalism as they partnered with the United States Department of Defense for Hometown Hero dedications to salute soldiers, fighter jet flyovers, and the unfurling of massive American flags on the field.
Silently, backstage, behind the scenes, the Department of Defense paid the NFL more than $5 million in taxpayer money between 2011 to 2014 to honor U.S. soldiers and veterans at games.
Aloud, the NFL promoted its league-wide NFL Votes initiative that was “intended to include, support, and encourage the voting and civic engagement efforts of NFL fans.” The league publicized team facilities being used for 2020 election support. In the NFL Votes commercial, NFL Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, pointed at the camera and said, “We’re counting on you to do your part and vote.” And yet, there is utter silence when Trump’s followers stormed and breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, stoked largely by his defiant speech claiming the election had been stolen from him?
Trump’s supporters traveled on their pilgrimage to plunder the Capitol from California, Florida, the Midwest and deep South, “united by a fury with many targets: the mainstream media that reports the November U.S. presidential polls were free and fair; poll workers who they believe changed or hid or destroyed votes for Trump; and the Republicans who have acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s legitimate win.”
The NFL has teams playing during Wild Card Weekend that are from California (Los Angeles Rams), Florida (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), the Midwest (Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears), and the deep South (Tennessee Titans). Of the teams in the 2020–2021 NFL Playoffs, five teams’ stadiums were used for election support sites during the 2020 election, this included both the AFC (Kansas City Chiefs) and the NFC (Green Bay Packers) number one seeded team in the…