Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the NFL may be able to reverse its slumping TV viewership by supporting grid-star do-gooders and condemning players who disrespect the American flag.
"NFL officials are scratching their heads over their falling ratings, never making a connection between their patriotic American fans and their kowtowing to SJW [social justice warrior] players who make a weekly spectacle of their disrespect for the National Anthem," Huckabee wrote Tuesday night on his Facebook page.
"Maybe viewers would tune back in if football featured fewer overpaid ingrates and more … like former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.
"This year, the Andre Johnson Foundation partnered with the DeMeco Ryans Foundation and John Lucas Foundation to give enough food to Houston's Fifth Ward Church of Christ to provide 1500 Thanksgiving dinners to needy families."
Huckabee has been on the warpath against players like Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who stirred a political hornet's nest by refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" at games in protest of racism and police shootings of African Americans. The NFL has said it would rather see players stand, although they have the right not to.
The TV ratings of NFL games have dropped an average of 12 percent in the 2016 season and worried league officials are trying to find out why.
But Huckabee, who ran for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination before dropping out and supporting Donald Trump, says he knows the reason.
"Andre Johnson and all the other volunteers who give of their money, time and effort to help the less fortunate represent the spirit of giving, compassion and generosity that makes America great," Huckabee wrote.
"It's what many of us think of when we hear the National Anthem. Or at least, it's what those of us who stand up and show respect for America think of."
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