The anthem protests begun by Colin Kaepernick last year, presented the NFL with a critical decision: Choose the side of the anthem protesters. Or choose the fans and customers of their game, who don’t want the sport polluted by politics.
As it turns out, not only did the NFL choose their protesting players over their fans, they George Soros over their fans.
The NFL recently agreed to spend nearly $90 million dollars over the next seven years, to various organizations connected with social justice causes. Several of those groups, have deep connections to billionaire liberal activist George Soros.
The NFL agreement with the players, which includes no requirement that the player protests end, will send cash to Soros-connected groups such as Dream Corps, Center for American Progress, and Campaign for Fair Sentencing.
According to the Washington Examiner, Dream Corps is “…a leftist advocacy group led by former Obama adviser Van Jones and linked to Mr. Soros, which has called for saving the Clean Power Plan, cutting the prison population by half and providing ‘sanctuary for all.’”
The Examiner also reports, “The $89 million, seven-year deal also carves out millions of dollars for the Players Coalition, according to ESPN, which has been advised by Soros-funded groups such as the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Center for American Progress, a leader of the anti-Trump ‘resistance.’”
As details of the NFL’s deal with the players come to light, the NFL has stressed that there is no final agreement over how the money will be spent.
NFL Spokesman Joe Lockhart said in an email, “No decisions have been made on where the money will go yet, much less all the money over the next 7 years. Those decisions will be made by the working group that has not been formed yet.”
While no final agreement may yet exist, imagining what the final agreement will look like based on the NFL Players Association’ track record of how they spend their money, will not instill confidence among conservatives.
In early October, a conservative watchdog group called 2ndVote, revealed how the NFLPA made several donations to Soros-connected groups. Many of whom have the removal of, or resistance to President Trump as their chief aim.
Granted, the Players Coalition, which is the group negotiating with the NFL for the $90 million dollars in social justice funding, is not technically bargaining in connection with the NFLPA. However, why would the funding decisions be any different?
According to the Examiner, several groups earmarked for cash distributions in the NFL are well-known Soros groups.
As the Examiner explains:
…the Fair Punishment Project, the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, Community Legal Services, the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth,” as well as city police departments, grass-roots groups and public defenders.
At least three of those — the ACLU, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Center for American Progress — have received funding from Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Mr. Soros’ fingerprints can also be found on the Dream Corps, which merged in 2014 with Green for All, an environmental group founded by Mr. Jones in 2007 whose funders included Open Society as well as former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, according to Discover the Networks.
Mr. Jones resigned as President Obama’s “green jobs czar” in 2009 amid reports of his earlier Marxist activism, including his oft-quoted declaration that he became a communist after the 1992 acquittal of Los Angeles police officers who beat up Rodney King.
Making matters worse for the NFL from a public relations standpoint, not only does their agreement with the players not include a requirement for the protests to end. But, according to anthem-protester Eric Reid, the money that the league has earmarked for social justice causes will be money taken from current NFL initiatives such as Salute to Service and breast cancer awareness.
So, in the ultimate proof that the anthem protests do have an impact on the military, or at least respect for the military. The league will, reportedly, greatly reduce its commitment to celebrating the service of the heroes who defend this country in order to placate anthem protesters.
The NFL and the Players Coalition did not return the Examiner’s request for comment.