Saturday, October 21, 2017
The NFL's players are 70 percent black; its fans are 83 percent white and 64 percent male, according to online sports site The Real GM.
And when it comes to the current controversy over the national anthem and players taking a knee, that statistic is playing a huge role.
It leads to the idea, says Amira Rose Davis of Penn State University, "that 'you are good as entertainment, but once you have a voice, I don't want to hear you. You need to shut up and play.' "
Some players, though, clearly are not be satisfied to just play and be paid.
That darn NPR. That darn NFL. That darn national anthem.