Bryant: NFL’s Veterans Day Events Reveal a ‘Staggering Level of Hypocrisy’

Breitbart | 11/11/2019 | Staff
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One of ESPN’s senior writers is unhappy with the NFL’s annual recognition of America’s veterans and said the celebration reveals “a staggering level of hypocrisy.”

Writing for NBC News, ESPN’s Howard Bryant slammed the National Football League for lauding “America’s war machine” as “part of its business model.”

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Bryant blasted the NFL’s recognition of our soldiers as nothing else but the league’s “annual armed forces propaganda effort.”

Salute to Service is the National Football League’s annual armed forces propaganda effort culminating in a series of events in November around Veteran’s Day. The NFL has spent a lot of time and money attempting to solidify the war/military metaphor that football has embraced for decades, but this metaphor has taken on a distinctively corporate flavor in the past few decades.

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Not only is it a mere “propaganda” effort meant to pump up “America’s war machine,” but Bryant also insists that “no tangible benefit will be passed down to veterans” from these events.

Bryant also essentially claims it is false patriotism for the NFL to salute our soldiers.

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The NFL, long triumphant over baseball, calls itself “America’s game.” Fox brands its Sunday afternoon national broadcast as “America’s Game of the Week,” and what better way to brand itself as patriotic than by adding the jets and camouflage and servicemen and women to the entertainment package.

The ESPN columnist does not seem to understand that it is possible to celebrate our soldiers without celebrating the political machinations that lead to their use in war.

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Bryant then attacked the NFL for the financial gains. He scolds the NFL’s “billion-dollar sports machine stands eagerly in lockstep with the Pentagon, having decided it is good business to normalize a military presence in sports under the guise of “supporting the troops.”

The columnist replays the scolding the NFL took a decade ago for selling military-themed gear and...
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