While it seems an overwhelming majority of the players in the NFL decided to “take a knee” during the National Anthem this week, mostly due to some scathing remarks made by President Donald Trump about those who participate in such behavior, not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, nor has the desire to be involved in the “hashtag activism” of our modern era.
We saw this clearly put on display when Alejandro Villaneuva of the Pittsburgh Steelers refused to stay in the locker room with his team, opting to stand for the song and put his hand over his heart. Truly a classy move. What else would you expect from a veteran Army Ranger?
Villaneuva isn’t alone, thankfully. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott recently spoke up concerning his feelings and thoughts about the whole “protest” junk going on, and what he said isn’t likely going to go over well with progressives and Black Lives Matter folk.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports posted Sunday, Prescott said he is “not at all” tempted to protest the anthem.
“I mean, it’s bigger than I think some of us think,” he said. “It’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country and just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted.”
Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he his “strongly” against the idea of protesting the national anthem.
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”
But Cowboys running back Darren McFadden told NBC Sports’ Newy Scruggs that Jones has never ordered the team to act a certain way during the anthem.
“He hasn’t come in and said that to us personally,” McFadden said last week.
What many of the dolts who are “protesting” don’t understand is that they are hurting other people with their actions, namely those brave souls who gave their lives in order to ensure that we could continue living in peace and harmony, safe and secure from harm’s way right here at home.
It’s taking for granted the fine opportunities this country has afforded them, an opportunity to make millions, to be wealthy, all while playing a game most people play every day for free.
Yet that doesn’t seem to be enough for these folks. They just have to take something that was pure, like sports competition, and sully it with politics, a victim of the integration of every area of life with the political realm, something that is sucking the joy out of it all.
It’s a sad and tragic state of affairs.