While NFL ratings begin to suffer after the Colin Kaepernick protests began, Roger Goddell is greatly harming a league which had reached a pinnacle because of a lack of consistency in enforcing guidelines or policing problems. Should the Patriots have been punished for Deflategate? Lots of us have opinions on the matter, but no one after that incident has any clue what the standard is (or should be) in the future. Should Ray Rice have been punished for his personal problems with his wife which were revealed shockingly on video? Again, who knows? Not only was the process undertaken to deal with the matter convoluted, Roger Goddell sat by and allowed it to fester for weeks. And the average fan on the back end of the ordeal wouldn’t know if there is a standard the league should enforce or even if there is consistency in the one exists. And when the Ray Rice situation–based on a serious issue every American is concerned about–was handled with varying punishments which were ultimately changed by a judge, the NFL looked weak and unconcerned about the seriousness of the issue.
All of this which has been simmering for some time among NFL fans came to a head with the Collin Kaepernick situation. Not only is the average viewer offended by Kaepernick’s protest, they look at the inaction by the NFL as another fumble; a slap in the face against the things that matter to them in their personal lives. And it’s a distraction from the league’s number one purpose–enhancing the entertainment value NFL fans seek from the game.