On a day when many NFL players embarrassed themselves and their teams, along came some Hollywood nitwit to offer us a scalding hot take on the issue of the day.
Williams made his comments while speaking to MSNBC about football players kneeling during the pregame Star Spangled Banner performance to protest race inequality in the United States.
Williams, best known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy, said that NFL players started participating in the pregame national anthem in 2009 as a Defense Department military recruitment strategy.
Perhaps we’re mistaken, but haven’t players in all sports been standing at attention for the anthem going back decades?
‘[Saying] we need to stand and pledge for the allegiance and this anthem thing is a scam,’ Williams told host Thomas Roberts. ‘This is not a part of football.
‘[The pregame national anthem] was invented in 2009 from the government [by] paying the NFL to market military recruitment – to get more people to fight wars to die.
He probably also thinks the moon landing was faked.
‘This is not – nothing to do with the NFL or the American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people…
‘They’re marketing and pumping millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.’
Of course since this was MSNBC nobody saw this madness.