The virus of anti-Americanism is spreading throughout the NFL.

Disrespectful national anthem protests are morphing into complete assaults on the Constitution.

And one anthem protesting coach blindsided Americans when he gave a sickening reaction to the Las Vegas shooting.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton waded into the gun control debate with a controversial tweet.

He tweeted out a fake news claim that compared the number of gun deaths in America since 1968 to the number of battlefield deaths in all of American history,

But AWR Hawkins of Breitbart exposed this statistic as fake news because it exaggerates the number of gun deaths:

“For example, the number of Americans killed on the Civil War battlefield alone was approximately 620,000 and the number killed in World II was 418,000. From those two wars alone we are already at 1,038,000. Add the approximate 115,000 from WWI, the 35,000 from Korea, and the 58,000 from Vietnam and we are at 1,246,000 without even considering the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish American War, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq, and others.

And it is important to remember is the military deaths are combat deaths. If we add in non-combat related military deaths the numbers would surge. Yet the figures Payton tweeted for gun deaths are not limited to gun crime–i.e., gun homicides. Instead, they include firearm-related suicides as well. The source for Payton’s tweet is the New York Times and the NYT’s inclusion of suicides allows them to swell gun death figures by 63 to 66 percent.

Politifact discovered his when they reviewed the NYT piece, then reported:

These figures refer to all gunfire-related deaths, not just homicides. In fact, homicides represent a minority of gun deaths, with suicides comprising the biggest share. In 2013, according to CDC data, 63 percent of gun-related deaths were from suicides, 33 percent were from homicides, and roughly 1 percent each were from accidents, legal interventions and undetermined causes.

The bottom line, the claims that Payton calls “Crazy statistic!!” epitomize the bad habit of comparing apples to oranges. The gun numbers are overblown by 63-66 percent and that gives the false impression that American society is more dangerous than the battlefield.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.”

The liberal sports media has been pressuring coaches and athletes to increase their political activism on behalf of their favorite left-wing causes.

But while it pleases sportswriters who dwell in cosmopolitan metropolises, it alienates fans.

NFL players adopting the pro-cop killer Black Lives Matter national anthem protests have already driven fans to tune out games.

And linking arms with the gun-grabbers to shred the Constitution will only push fans further away from the game.