The NFL (and just what "nation" are they the National Football League of?) is passively promoting disrespect for the nation of these United States.
You may argue with this, but the flag doesn't represent the men and women who died to protect this nation or their communities.
The flag represents the nation.
The aggregation of the citizens.
America is not a gene pool, or a patch of land defined by the land it sits on.
America is a set of ideals embodied by the Declaration and the Constitution.
Among these ideals is the right to express your political views without fear of prosecution.
Think about that.
The NFL players, coaches and owners who endorse disrespecting the flag, and that is exactly what they are doing, are rejecting the symbol of the aggregation of rights that allow them to do so.
So if the rights embodied in the Constitution and ensigned by the Flag were to be removed, the government could come in, like communist China, and put a bullet in the back of the brain pan while they kneel.
This is, of course, a direct result of a poor understanding of the United States and it's history.
To say that this country has a history of oppression of certain races is to ignore that the Constitution and the organization of the nation has over time corrected those abuses.
That's what the flag stands for!
And yet they reject it.
"Dumb Jocks" does not cover it.
These people have been indoctrinated with a philosophy that rejects our national heritage and philosophy of government.
What comes of that rejection, should it come to fruition?
Oppression that they cannot imagine.
Respecting the Flag is the one time (like the watering hole of legend) where we come together, do not attack each other, but recognize the ideals that allow us to disagree.
A unity of disagreement. It sounds incongruous.
But it has worked for a couple hundred years now.
The only time it didn't resulted in a bloody Civil War.
Not a good path to take.