Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, landed in Washington D.C. earlier this week when TMZ spotted the Republican Senator, and asked his stance on the national anthem protest’s still going on in the NFL.
Senator Cruz refused to sugar coat his feelings, slamming the NFL for the overall mishandling of the situation, along with blaming the players for their lack of respect. He stated that the players’ actions caused “unprecedented damage” to the brand of the league.
“I think it has been amazing watching the NFL do unprecedented damage to their brand and the way they handled the anthem protest I think was spectacularly harmful to professional football,” Senator Cruz said.
The Texas Senator was referring to players such as Colin Kaepernick, who began taking a knee during the playing of our national anthem to protest ‘racial inequality’ in America. This trend started during the 2016 season, but Kaepernick hasn’t played a down in the NFL since.
TMZ reporters eventually asked if Senator Cruz believed it was a necessary action for congress to step in and oversee the way the NFL handles its investigations. Cruz replied, "At the end of the day, I trust the (NFL) fans to exercise the appropriate check."
Ted Cruz is putting his faith in the overall lack of tolerance the average American football fan has for disrespect to our country and military. Understanding the fact that the motor of the NFL cannot truly run properly without its fuel…the fans!
The national anthem controversy is a continuous theme for Senator Ted Cruz. During his re-election campaign, Democrat opponent, Beto O’Rourke, became the mainstream liberal star when he crafted a video defending the player protests, along with posting pictures with Hollywood celebrities.
Cruz criticized the ‘viral’ video because the Texas Senator believed his Democrat opponent was supporting anti-American protests. Senator Cruz said, “When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can.”
The NFL previously addressed the issue with their new ‘Anthem’ policy, which gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the national anthem, or else they would have to stand. Although this rule was approved by NFL officials, enforcement of the rule has been put on hold for the time being.
Senator Ted Cruz ultimately won re-election in Texas in a close 50.9% to 48.3% race.