It doesn’t seem like the whole kneeling for the National Anthem junk happening in the NFL is going to calm down any time soon, as players from around the league decided to protest President Trump over the weekend by following in the footsteps of failed quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
As you’ll likely recall, Kaepernick, who used to be a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started taking a knee during the song as a form of “protest” as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, supposedly taking a stand against oppression.
Yes, I know, it’s pretty darn hard to take claims of oppression seriously from a millionaire athlete paid to play a game most kids play for free, but alas, that didn’t stop the guy from utilizing his platform to disrespect the country that provided him with such an amazing opportunity. Talk about biting the hand that feeds.
President Trump recently weighed in on the fiasco and delivered a rather scathing, though not entirely uncalled for rebuke of Kaepernick and the other NFL players participating in this behavior. Things escalated with Trump calling them “sons of b*******,” a phrase that didn’t settle too well with the vast majority of pro-football players in the league.
To show their displeasure with the commander-in-cheif, many opted to take a knee, including several players on the New England Patriots.
However, this move didn’t go over well with the team’s fans who made sure those not standing understood exactly how they felt.
via NY Post:
The Patriots players made their statement, and many fans did so in response.
Before Sunday’s Texans-Patriots matchup in Foxborough, Mass., about 20 Patriots players, according to ESPN, took a knee during the national anthem, the first time anyone on the team had joined the growing protest.
In return, a loud chorus of boos was heard sandwiching the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” According to the Boston Herald, there were shouts of, “Stand up,” as they knelt.
Tom Brady, the face of the team and the league, did not take a knee, but stood with his arms locked with other players and his hand over his chest.
The Patriots have been intertwined with Trump, with Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft pals with the president. After Trump’s attack on the protests, though — saying owners should cut ties with “the son of a bitch” who kneels during the anthem — Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” in Trump.
It’s been a Sunday in which not just players, but owners, executives and fans have been forced to take a side. There were similar reports of booing in Indianapolis, too.
Much of the booing comes at the end of the video clip, but boy oh boy, do the vast majority of fans not at all seem pleased with this shenanigans.
What makes this act so egregious is how it disrespects the many men and women who have died over the years to preserve our liberty, way of life, and the very opportunities spoiled brats like these NFL players enjoy on a daily basis.
Also, football fans tune in each week to watch the game, not to see politics on the field. It’s the one place we used to be able to turn to get away from the nuttiness, to enjoy something with those who might have a different worldview from our own, to be connected together.
But nope. Can’t have that. Liberals are bound and determined to destroy anything and everything for the sake of inflating their own sense of self-importance, to create some battle to fight in order to feel like they have some sort of majestic purpose.
It’s perfectly fine to protest, but do so on your own time. Athletes can still use their massive social media platforms to spread their message without infecting the game itself and disrespecting the country. That’s all everyone is asking for.