I’ve never liked the NFL ever since I was a CHILD like 10 years old or so. I hated those sports casters all of them too arrogant, too male (oh look at us we rule the world bullshit) so this goes back many years. Well everyone, that sure hasn’t changed. If anything the NFL has gotten WAY worse! It’s exploitive , it does not care about it’s African American atheletes. Plain & simple. The whole organization is run by Donald Trump supporters. It’s this reason I applaud Colin Kaepernick for first sitting out then after a few games kneeling in protest against the national anthem. For those of you not familiar with who Collin Kaepernick is why not go to Wikipedia to read his bio he came from a difficult background although he was fortunate in his childhood to be adopted by a loving couple. I’ve cut & pasted his stance on the national anthem. Home of the brave, land of the free? SMH.
Before a preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat down, as opposed to the tradition of standing, during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. During a post-game interview, he explained his position stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”. In the 49ers’ final 2016 preseason game on September 1, 2016, Kaepernick opted to kneel during the U.S. national anthem rather than sit as he did in their previous games. He explained his decision to switch was an attempt to show more respect to former and current U.S. military members while still protesting during the anthem after having a conversation with former NFL player and U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer. After the September 2016 police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, Kaepernick commented publicly on the shootings saying, “this is a perfect example of what this is about.”
Kaepernick soon became highly polarizing as numerous people took public stances either supporting or maligning Kaepernick’s actions; in many cases this polarization correlates with racial divisions. Various members of the NFL and other athletes across the United States, such as Megan Rapinoe, also began kneeling and/or raising their fist like the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. Some U.S. military veterans voiced support using the social media hashtag “veterans for Kaepernick”. In the following weeks, Kaepernick’s jersey became the top-selling jersey on the NFL’s official shop website. An NFL fan poll was taken during the beginning of the 2016 NFL season and Kaepernick was voted the most disliked player in the NFL; this poll was polarized, with 37% of caucasians disliking him “a lot”, and 42% of African-Americans liking him “a lot.” A few people posted videos of them burning Kaepernick jerseys. Former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason called Kaepernick’s actions “an embarrassment” while an anonymous NFL executive called Kaepernick “a traitor”. The 2016 NFL season also saw a significant drop in their television ratings. Polls suggest that fans boycotting the NFL because of Kaepernick-inspired protests were a contributor to the decline in viewers. He also claims to have received death threats.
On August 25, 2017, NFL Hall of Famer and longtime civil rights activist Jim Brown told an interviewer at ThePostGame.com that he’d never desecrate the flag or “The Star-Spangled Banner” as Colin Kaepernick did during the 2016 season. “I’m an American,” said Brown. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Intelligent manner? Jim Brown what have you been smoking? Wake up brother! The flag isn’t representative for everyone, if it were would we have police getting away with the murder of so many African Americans? I would strongly SUGGEST YOU watch the last few minutes of the movie directed by Spike Lee called School Daze, listen to what Laurence Fishburne screams at the very end of the movie…okay. He’s not screaming that to be a lunatic….its a message. Go on YouTube type in : ending of the movie School Daze. I guess that everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter how tight the blindfold may be. Thanks for reading everyone.