01 October, 2017
Some 53% of Americans also do not think it is appropriate for the President to comment on how the NFL and its players should conduct themselves during the national anthem. These protests are nothing new. Why that country and flag do not deserve Kaepernick's pride is not irrelevant, but it also can't inoculate the fact that the action - the choice- to not stand was clearly meant to send a signal of disrespect for the symbol and the country it symbolizes. Eric Reid joined shortly thereafter. These players should first consider who is responsible for their unequally high salaries.
Trump's comments were divisive; the response was anything but. However, these limits on free speech were not applied when the majority of the country was appalled at the #TakeAKnee protests, aimed at Trump and the 63+ million people who voted for him.
OK, I can understand a one-time reaction to Trump's trumpeting. Somebody died in Charlottesville. After all, it's your message, not your actions, that you want people talking about.
Well, I think it's important that football owners be shown what is important by not watching attending the games.
I grew up in Charleston, SC, played football for ten years beginning at age ten, have the missing teeth and bad knees from it and I am still glad I played. "As a team, we have decided. we will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of colour in this country", it said. "We chose it because it's exactly the opposite". "Because of the differences in this country, the president made it really, really hard for us to honor that institution".
"I was pretty bothered by it". Most people did not notice, as he was far enough down in the depth-chart that he did not even suit up for the game. I have my whole life. "This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice, people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change". I knew Muhammad Ali.
"Yeah, I anticipate us doing something together".
"I am not going to engage on what the president did", Wright said. You don't want a bunch of politics in sports. Your ancestors knew that, maybe someday you will too. The stuff that's gone on in the country, going back to the last few years, has a bothered a lot of people for good reason. This country, if you haven't taken a history class, was made up of immigrants who fought for their freedom. But, then after this weekend it kind of threw us all in the same spot that we all were associated.
We laud Kaepernick and others like him who feel an obligation to use their celebrity to address social injustice.
"If everybody got to experience playing and being in an National Football League locker room for a year I think our country would be so much better". I've played with guys that are Atheist, Christian, Muslim, Hispanic, black, whatever.
However today the sports "friendly zone" is in the center of it all and I do not know about you, but I am very curious to see how many OR officials and athletes decide to take a stand and especially curious to know which side they will pick.
Reid went on to say that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains the leader of the player protests. Or will they do the same thing Altman did when Benjamin and Bell exercised their right and make sure they are set apart? Sports have always been the one place where people come together no matter what. It was viewed as a controversial stance that many believe cost the quarterback a job in the league.