THE FIRST HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW:
UPCOMING EVENT #VVS17:
— FRC (@FRCdc) October 11, 2017
12:05pm- Stand Up! President Trump said Wednesday its “about time” after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to teams calling on players to “honor our flag” and stand for the national anthem. “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem – RESPECT OUR COUNTRY,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. The president’s comments come a day after Goodell sent a memo to NFL executives and club presidents, aiming to move past the weeks-long feud between the White House and NFL players who have kneeled or otherwise protested during the national anthem at the start of NFL games. “We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours,” Goodell wrote. “The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.” Goodell added: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
12:20pm- Say What? On the same day that Jemele Hill was suspended from ESPN for tweeting about politics, another network personality, Michael Wilbon, compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner. Mr. Wilbon, co-host of “Pardon the Interruption,” took issue with Mr. Jones’ stance that players who do not stand for the national anthem before football games will not play. “And the word that comes to my mind―and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it―is plantation,” Mr. Wilbon saidon Monday’s show. “The players are here to serve me, and they will do what I want. No matter how much I pay them, they are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.” ESPN declined to comment on Mr. Wilbon’s remarks.