NJ Car Dealer Pulls NFL Ads Over Protests
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 06, 2017,
Oct 06, 2017, 16:38
Last weekend, President Donald Trump said that players who didn't stand for the anthem should be fired. During a rally in Alabama last week, Trump said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out". Buffalo Bills star, Marshawn Lynch wore a shirt into the locker room that said "Everybody vs. Trump".
Many players knelt, other locked arms along the sideline, including Jacksonville Jaguars' owner Shahid Khan, a Trump inauguration committee donor, who stood arm in arm with his players.
Kneeling is to be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees, as when praying or showing submission. A sign of a good protest is the uniting of the country. Kneeling isn't telling us anything and it's disrespectful.
But why are we, as a country, up in arms over this?
Trump has said a lot of jaw dropping things, far too many to list here, and frankly, you've probably heard them all. So, if the players can find a new invented way to protest hat sticks out from all the others and doesn't disrespect our nation, I'm all for it. Kaepernick eventually took to kneeling during the anthem, and that saw other NFLers, such as Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, follow suit in protest of racial injustice experienced by black citizens in the U.S.
Yes, clearly our country is divided right now. It should never be that way.
I may not agree with people dishonoring those symbols, but I am compelled to fight for their right to do so.
Although people have every right to kneel down or even burn the flag, it does not mean they should. In times of injustice, peaceful protests remind Americans of the values the United States is built on. That's why players will keep protesting until the injustice, inequality and brutality from the police end.
There are those who have a story to tell about so-called disrespect to the "American flag", the same American flag that is drenched in blood.
"Great solidarity for or National Anthem and for our Country". Overall, they should want to make a difference in their communities because kneeling isn't going to accomplish anything. We all have opinions that can be voiced respectfully outside of a time of such honor such as the performing of the National Anthem.
How many thousands and thousands of men and women have died giving them the right to protest?
Some teams have military veterans on their team. Gladney said he will most likely continue to protest in order to show support of the issues raised by players in the NFL.
Players believed that being in the position of the President, he or she is supposed to stand up for American values such as encouraging tolerance, as well as the freedom of expression.
The controversy caused such an uproar that DirecTV allowed fans angered over the protests to cancel their "Sunday Ticket" NFL packages for a full refund - a first for the satellite provider.
Once they take off the jersey and leave the stadium, they re-enter the same world we all wake up in everyday.
We need more positive athletes who are not afraid to "voice" their opinion. I have had a long and successful career.
Calling African American pro-athletes "sons of bitches" has lead certain analyzers to believe that there is racial subtext to the president's remarks. This is the most divided I have ever seen the country, which is not just the protest's fault, but has many contributing factors. Incidents of teams or individual players making a physical statement during the anthem have been rapidly spreading across the National Football League in the past few weeks. In the current season, no team has picked Kaepernick, despite the fact that he is a skilled professional athlete.
They shifted the narrative so much that Shepard Smith, a Fox News host, even had to remind viewers kneeling players were not attacking the flag.