While the topic of NFL protests seems to have faded, fans continue to boycott the players and the teams.  After New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon “took a knee” during the national anthem, such protests came into the light once again.

While a U.S. Army master sergeant sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Vernon decided to not honor the country and stand but instead kneeled on the sidelines.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has chosen to allow these protests to continue, despite the ratings plummeting.  IJR reported that the NFL is on track to lose $500 million in one year. This number didn’t even account for the lack of ticket sales.

All over the country, stadiums were showing less-than-impressive attendance.  From the 49ers to the Falcons, to the previous Super-Bowl competitors the Seahawks, fans were showing less than enthusiastic attendance.

The lack of attendance can either be attributed to low levels of performance by the teams or the lack of patriotism the teams are showing.

The NFL protests started with Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when he decided to protest police brutality.  Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers when he decided to start the sideline protests.  Players have even gone as far as to not even be on the field when the anthem has played.

Kaepernick is still a free agent, well into half of the season with the 49ers.  Whether this is due to his protesting or due to his performance, we may never know.  Kaepernick declined a contract with the 49ers on March 3, a full year after he started the protests.

And check out these photos of empty seats which tell the real story: