So, Where Do They Really Stand? (or, kneel)

Nov 8, 2017
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“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem“, Trump said in a tweet. Anyone not respecting the flag, said Trump, is a “son of a bitch who ought to be kicked off the field and fired by the team’s owners”. That’s right. The NFL players, coaches and owners were all so moved by the president’s bigoted comments, they chose to come together to fight against him, more than a year after Kaepernick took his first knee on the field.

“I think they’re afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth”, Trump said. “And they’ve got to be tough and they’ve got to be smart”.

During an at times heated CNN panel discussion on Trump’s feud with the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem, anchor Don Lemon confronted political commentator Ed Martin over what exactly constituted an acceptable protest. DirecTV has even offered a refund of the NFL Network to those who do not wish to watch it anymore because of the protests.

The wave of protests which erupted across the National Football League has been described as one of the most significant displays of athlete activism in decades but experts remain uncertain about the long-term impact of the demonstrations.

Trump hoped to silence these anthem protests by getting dissenting players fired, but all he did was get the entire country talking.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that while he respects the right of professional athletes to express themselves “how they see fit”, he does not believe they should sit or kneel during the national anthem.

Trump’s comments and the ongoing arguments about these protests are nothing more than frustration fueled by misunderstanding.

Regarding the recent White House vs. NFL-NBA controversy: President Trump should do his job instead of provoking controversy.

Even your backer and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan stood with his players. Nor do I have the right to agree technically that he has freedom to protest, but then demand that his protest take the form I choose for him.

Kaepernick, the Seahawks and every single player who has taken a knee in solidarity have had experience with or seen de facto racism.

Because he’s an NFL player, Kaepernick’s best platform for expression is a football field.

The issue peaked this week when President Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama for GOP Senate candidate Luther Strange. When you look at history, people who are protesting are often persecuted.

We also understand and recognize that there is a problem in our country. Why wasn’t that enough to get these players to take a knee?

I know President Trump was playing to his base again. How many people in the stands are texting during the anthem or the flag presentation?

“He was calling a lot of us, and I feel that he was calling myself, an S.O.B., and that’s not OK and very disrespectful”, Matthews said.

Trump described McCain, who said he won’t support the latest GOP effort on health care, as a “disgrace” on the issue, the attendee said. I’m not going to go down that road.

There simply are things a president should not do or say – let’s call it “Presidential Behavior 101”.

However, despite all the United States’ shortcomings, the flag is a reminder of how fortunate we are to live freely in this country.

Getty Images Le Bron James spent a large portion of his Cavs media day session with reporters discussing Donald Trump

 

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