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Video: Mike Rowe From ‘Dirty Jobs’ Sounds Off On NFL/Anthem Issue


Mike Rowe, you might know is the host of Dirty Jobs, he’s also a blue-collar guy who also happens to avoid politics. But lately, questions from fans has Mike rethinking his silence in said matters. If you keep up with current events, then you’ve probably heard the controversy about protests over the national anthem on sports channels and news media. It’s this issue and a letter from a fan that got Mike stirred up, and he definitely spoke his mind.


The question from the fan read as such, “I know you avoid politics, (thanks!) and I remember your rant on the Colt’s leaving Baltimore. (As a former Brown’s fan, I feel your pain.) But I gotta ask – what’s happening to professional football, and what do you make of Trump’s comments about those who refuse to stand during the national anthem?”

Mike’s intuitive response starts out like this, “In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve, the artists we deserve, and the athletes we deserve. Because ultimately, we the people get to decide who and what gets our attention, and who and what does not.”

He continues on to the heart of the issue, “Right now, the NFL, the players who choose to kneel, the networks who choose to broadcast their protest, the advertisers who sponsor the games, and the President of the United States, are all eager for our attention. And they are all using football to get it. That’s all well and good, right up to the point where it isn’t.

In my view, this controversy really isn’t about patriotism, social justice, racial inequality, or free speech. It’s not even about the flag or the national anthem. It’s really only about one thing – what we will tolerate, and what we won’t.”

For a guy who does odd jobs for the T.V. he sure does have a whole lot of sense and insight.

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