Fans are so disgusted by the player protests during the national anthem before NFL games, that even people who simply report on the league are feeling the backlash.
That’s what happened to to Fox NFL sideline reporter Peter Schrager in Indianapolis recently, when he said he was kicked out of a cab by a driver fed up with the protests.
How it happened
Schrager got in a cab in Indianapolis, where he was covering a game. The driver asked him what he did for a living.
Schrager told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he gave a generic answer (perhaps too generic, given what happened), saying “I work in the NFL.”
The driver stopped the car and ordered Schrager to get out.
‘Dead to me’
Here’s what the cab driver said, according to Schrager:
“You can get out of the car. The NFL is dead to me. The NFL, the fact that these guys take knees, I will never watch the NFL again."
Not in ‘blue-state territory’
The experience was eye-opening for Schrager, and he said it revealed to him that there’s a different perspective on issues like the NFL protests from people who don’t live in liberal coastal areas.
“The more you talk to fans who aren’t on the two coasts, the more you aren’t in blue-state territory, this is a real deal and it is affecting the bottom line,” Schrager said. “And the owners are seeing this.”
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