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Anthem Kneeling Spreads to Europe, Where Germans Emulate NFL Brats

Another Sunday has arrived, and with it, a plethora of reasons to tune out of the National Football League.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Americans have been treated to a number of figurative slaps in the face by the NFL and its overpaid man-children.  Even with race-baiting cop-hater Colin Kaepernick thankfully sidelined during the 2017 season, the pedantic and pathetic anti-American protests continue to plague the National Anthem and American society at large.

The league is hurting too, thanks to the offensiveness of these gestures.  Tickets sales and ratings are plummeting across the board, with sponsor after sponsor jumping ship due to the NFL’s unwillingness to reign in these bratty players.

Now it seems that other sports figures are getting in on the action, joining the NFL’s misguided miscreants in protest.  

“Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday.

“Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the soccer field, while Pal Dardai’s coaching staff, General Manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it before playing Schalke.

“The club and forward Salomon Kalou also voiced their support on the social media network Twitter.

“’We wanted to make a stand against racism,’ Hertha’s captain, Per Skjelbred, said after the team’s 2-0 defeat.”

The kneeling protests have been almost exclusively an NFL event in America, with only a few instances of baseball and basketball players joining in over the course of the last year.

To now see an international element to these already misunderstood and disorganized actions will have many wondering about how convoluted the entire social response will become within the NFL itself.  We have already endured a shift in protests from merely addressing police brutality, to supposedly all racial injustice.  Then, there was a week, (or three), where anti-Trump protests were sprinkled in as well, on top of the other gestures, leaving many Americans confused as to what these players are attempting to shed a light on.

With German soccer players joining in, one must wonder if kneeling during the National Anthem will now become the new normal going forward.

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