Ted Cruz Cooks NFL for Doing ‘Damage’ to Itself by Letting Players Kneel: ‘Amazing’ to Watch League Fumble

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the National Football League’s (NFL) lack of effort in handling players kneeling during the national anthem for creating “damage” to the league.

Approached by TMZ, the Texas senator was asked if Congress should step up to have more oversight of the league.

His response was that the fans “do a perfectly good job at doing oversight of the NFL.”

When asked about investigations within the NFL, Cruz instead slammed the league doing “unprecedented damage to their brand” and that the handling of the anthem protests was “spectacularly harmful” to the NFL.

“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.”

Asked if Congress should have stepped in, Cruz said, “At the end of the day, I trust the fans to exercise the appropriate check.”

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Cruz’s clear distaste of the NFL’s fumbling comes after the several NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem — starting when former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of police brutality and racial inequality — stirring up controversy.

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In the current season, Kaepernick’s former team’s cheerleader became the first cheerleader to take a knee during the anthem.

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The NFL addressed the issue with a new policy of giving players the option the remain in the locker room during the national anthem or else they would have to stand, but that was put on hold for the time being.

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Steve Williams
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Colin Craperneck is an islamic terrorist

Pat Warnock
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The damage was done by the NFL leadership by allowing the disgraceful disregard for the National Anthem in the first place – they are reaping fans’ contempt for their lack of leadership. By the way, replace that cheerleader.

Vicki 'Wilson' Treat
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So what did taking a knee accomplish that every player red and yellow, black and white could not have accomplished opening their wallets a little wider. Seriously 6 months salary from every player and manager, coach, and owner would accomplish a lot more then disrespecting our flag, soliders, and country.

Mary Ridosh-Spalding
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Apparently the fans were not THAT upset over the kneeling by the players, for them to have grossed, each of the league’s 32 teams a total of $255 million in national revenues in 2017, according to a report by ESPN’s Darren Rovell. That adds up to $8.16 billion for the entire league, and is a 4.9 percent increase over 2016. So much for loving America and honoring our military, both past and present…. SAD…

Larry
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Larry

The NFL is doing fine. The fan boycott/protest is a joke. The good teams still filled their stadiums. It was easy for fans to stay home in the cities that have crappy teams since fans didn’t want to pay to see your favorite team loose anyway. It was a good excuse to stay home.
Oh yeah, Cruz is an idiot.

Tia Conroy
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Says the piece of republican dog crap with the big nose.

Becky Ellis Stracener
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I trust the fans have spoken…as well as our Senator…total agreement with both!

Jack Gajda
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I say Cruz handled it the absolute right way. Trust in the fans and leave the government to do their job/jobs like getting Cruz’s “The Wall Act” past; Republican senators led by Ted Cruz introduced a bill aimed at funding Trump’s border wall. The WALL Act would give the government $25 billion toward construction and would be funded by what supporters call “loopholes” in the current immigration system, according to the Hill…

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