There are more offensive things than kneeling during national anthem

  • There are more offensive things than kneeling during national anthem

There are more offensive things than kneeling during national anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stayed seated during the national anthem beginning in August 2016 to protest the treatment of African Americans and other people of color, specifically by police officers. Parkway High School Principal Waylon Bates sent out a memo stating that the school requires student athletes to "stand in a respectful manner throughout the National Anthem during any sporting event in which their team is participating".

A plethora of teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, the Atlanta Falcons and others had players kneeling during the anthem, locking arms or even a mixture of both. The team's Twitter account shared a video clip of the players on their knees. "You know, some owner is going to do that". The increasing evidence that a lifetime of football, starting at a young age, produces the bad brain damage and emotional chaos of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) means players (whose average professional career is only about three years) are retiring earlier, or having to think about it, or soldier on terrified of the person they will become when their playing years end: forgetful, fretful, delusional, sometimes suicidal. What better way to test that freedom than to protest injustice? "A great thing about this country is that we can do that [protest]".

The disinvite came just a day after Trump sparked controversy at a GOP Senate campaign rally for Luther Strange in Alabama, where the president made his initial comments about NFL players who disrespected the national anthem by electing not to stand. Luther Strange in an upcoming primary election but in the middle of his speech, the president turned to the National Football League and Kaepernick's political stance. These protests have drawn criticism from fans, politicians, news reporters and former players.

Houck, who grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood also added, "he [Trump] has bigger things to worry about than National Football League players peacefully protesting..." For example, the Dallas Cowboys, alongside owner Jerry Jones, locked arms and kneeled before the national anthem and stood with locked arms before their game against the Arizona Cardinals on September 25. From stanch supporters hoping to bring awareness to the inequality in this country to those anxious it is disrespecting those who have fought for this country.

To the people that say kneeling during the national anthem isn't going to change anything, that may be true.

"If there is an athlete who wishes to protest in some way during the anthem, we ask that you do so respectfully and silently, and not encourage others to join in on your personal decision", the letter states. He received tremendous backlash, but also successfully brought attention to the ongoing racial inequality and police brutality debates.

"The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem".

The following Sunday the majority of the NFL's teams had at least one player protest in some manner. "Hopefully, as a society we can move from positions of peaceful demonstrations to one of dialog and then change". Why leave out the man who started this all? According to Forbes, the average football player makes $1.9 million per year. Mostly, I care that we stand behind an idea that has stood the test of time.

"What people don't understand is people that take a knee aren't saying anything negative about the military; aren't saying anything negative about the flag", Villanueva said.

Once again in Week 4 of the 2017 season, as players continued their sitting-kneeling protests against something, former fans silently exercised their right of free speech using TV remotes.