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Subj: Re: NFL and kneeling
Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 at 02:27:17 pm EDT (Viewed 46 times)
Reply Subj: NFL and kneeling
Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 11:43:49 am EDT (Viewed 80 times)

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Just wondering about everyone's position here.

While I sympathize with (Kaepernick's) initial reasoning, I'm not sure I agree with kneeling. Whatever social niggles the US has, the flag and National Anthem are as much to honor those who fought and/or died for the country.

That said, my opinion shifted once Trump weighed in. A President suggesting people be fired (i.e. punished) for kneeling during the National Anthem makes it a direct case of government interfering with freedom of speech, something those same soldiers fought and died defending.

I couldn't care less what any celebrity does, football player or otherwise. I used to completely ignore Trump. I wish I still could.

I happen to like the national anthem introduction to sports events. I feel it elevates the game. But the whole vibe gets ruined by player grandstanding. I don't care what these meatheads think or feel. I especially don't care to know all that when I'm trying to have a minute or two of serenity and dignity before the game starts. These guys exist to throw, catch, run, block, tackle, and kick. They should stop grandstanding and just stand there quietly with their hands on their hearts until the song is over. But if they don't, the last thing in the world I want to hear is that our president tweeted about it.