The sad display from some of our favorite athletes playing America’s most popular sport continued as the official NFL season began this past week. In fact, not only was San Francisco 49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick still sitting during the National Anthem, at least 11 other players across the league joined him on 9/11. Let me say this: I have no problem with citizens enjoying their First Amendment right to free speech, even if it means disagreeing with my personal opinion. My problem is not with the fact that Kaepernick disrespects our nation, but with the uproar from the Left when we express our disgust with him.
First, on the merits of his argument, Kaepernick is wrong. In fact, the day he explained his reasons for sitting during the anthem, he spoke to the media wearing a shirt that praised Cuban dictator (and mass murderer) Fidel Castro. This simple choice exposes Kaepernick as a fraud. The people of Cuba have long been mistreated, persecuted, and have had their rights trampled by the very people that the left now lionizes (like Castro and his former lackey, the villain Che Guevara).
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Kaepernick speaks out against the “injustice” in America while ignoring the fact that America is the most diverse and just nation to ever exist. Sure, America may have problems that still need to be fixed, but his protest is hypocritical, ignorant, and just plain wrong.
While Kaepernick is free to speak his mind, the rest of us are free to criticize him and boycott his enablers – the 49ers and the NFL.
Thankfully, while Kaepernick and his fellow protesters still get a lot of positive press from the liberal media, there are other celebrities standing against the NFL’s disrespect for our nation.
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley criticized Kaepernick’s stand and said that the problem lay with black America, and not the police.
“Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”
Apparently what prompted Barkley to speak so openly about a subject that has practically become taboo was the rumor involving Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick’s antics, and that he (Rusell), wasn’t being “black enough.”
Those accusations were apparently coming from Russell’s fellow teammates, which prompted Barkley to respond: “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”
Popular musician and entertainer, Kid Rock, had just three words for the aggrieved Quarterback… “F*** Colin Kaepernick.” The singer mentioned Kaepernick just before singing Born Free at a concert in Boston’s Fenway Park this past week, and he didn’t need to expound any further.
Las Vegas Icon Wayne Newton had some similar commentary for Kaepernick, though a bit less harsh.
“I think every American has the right to say and do whatever it is that freedom offers us,” Newton said during an interview with “Fox and Friends” Monday morning. “However, during the national anthem, is not the time or the place to show that kind of thing. I have no tolerance at all for it.”
“I support the right to say what they believe and how they believe it,” he added, “but that’s the wrong place and time.”
“So if they don’t like it?” Steve Doocy asked Newton.
“Get the hell out,” Newton said.
Some of Kaepernick’s fellow NFL athletes also spoke out:
Pittsburgh Steelers great James Harrison reportedly posted the following message to his Twitter feed (though it has since been pulled down).
He also posted this a few days later to commemorate 9/11:
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) September 11, 2016
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees also spoke out against Kaeprnick.
Drew Brees said he felt compelled to speak out against Colin Kaepernick’s method of protest Monday, saying it was “bothering me all day long.” The Saints quarterback, who is a passionate military supporter, said the American flag is “sacred.” “I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree,” Brees said. “Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson says Kaepernick is choosing the wrong way to argue his position.
“First of all, there’s no perfect answer. I understand and respect the cause because there’s so much going on in America right now — so much hurt, so much pain. And ultimately I understand what he’s doing. For me, I love the flag. I love the National Anthem because it’s an emotional time for me because I’m so grateful I get to play on the football field. And every time I get to put my hand on my heart, it’s truly an honor — you know, the military, for me I think about my family members who have served, and friends — I train down in San Diego all the time, so I’m around the Navy and I see those guys around. And all they do for our country and the people in Afghanistan and all these people fighting. 9/11, for example, coming up — that’s going to be our first game and I think about all the pain from that. So that’s why I stand and put my hand on my heart.
I do think there’s always issues in our country. I think ultimately it comes back to love. Like I said to you guys before, it comes back to loving one another and appreciating one another. Understanding that we’re not perfect but we need to be equal. And that’s from the black community, from the white community, that’s from police officers to everybody to all of our military to everybody that we get to recognize and see — have great appreciation for what this country is based on — and what it should be based on. It should be based on equality. It should be based on people having freedom of speech — people can have that decision. And so, I understand what (Kaepernick’s) doing. But at the same time for me, I can also think about where we need to go and where our thoughts need to be. It needs to be about love, about caring about one another. And that’s for every community, every situation, every socio-economic status. And if we focus on that, maybe something can be change — and I think that’s important.”