ESPN is at it again and this time it’s racial.
Max Kellerman of ESPN’s First Take recently made the news when he said that the NFL should do-away with the National Anthem at games all together.
Now the Trump hating analyst agrees with Michael Bennett’s call for white people to act this way during the anthem.
“Thursday, on ESPN’s “First Take,” Max Kellerman expressed agreement with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s call for white players to help with the national anthem protests, saying white players should “show solidarity” with the protests.
“I think Michael Bennett is 100 percent correct,” Kellerman stated. “White players, where you at, baby?”
He continued, “Come on, what’s going on here? That’s the question right now.
And by the way, yes, it depends on the white player. When you paint with a broad brush, black players, white players, they’re individuals, and they have their own ideas about things.
So, I’m not saying all white players. What I am saying is, to Michael Bennett’s point, it would — not only would it be very helpful because it would show solidarity across racial barriers, or racial divides, particularly at this time in our nation’s history, particularly with recent events.”
Kellerman then said it was “embarrassing” and a “disgrace” that no white players have spoken out in favor of the national anthem protests.
“So you mean to tell me none of the white players in the NFL are maybe ambivalent at least about the protests, but then are thinking to themselves, ‘If I’m ambivalent, if I’m not really sure which way I stand, I need to show some solidarity right now?’
None of them? Not one? It’s a disgrace. It’s embarrassing. And it would be so strong if at least one, especially if he’s a star, stood up and did it,” Kellerman declared.
Kellerman added that players shouldn’t take part in the anthem protests if their consciences lead them to believe that standing for the anthem is the right thing to do.”
But Kellerman is misguided in his foreshadowing because somewhat ironically, the complete opposite happened.
Chris Long was the first to show solidarity.
The Philadelphia Eagle put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the National Anthem while he held his fist in the air, emulating the infamous 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
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— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 20, 2017
And then on Saturday, star Raiders quarterback Derek Carr put his arm around the reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack during the anthem.
When asked about it after the game, Carr said:
“Any kid, any family, any adult that follows us or looks up to us, we knew their eyes would be on us.
We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a black kid who come from two different neighborhoods to grow up and love one another and be best friends.
What we wanted to do is show all the kids that look up to me, that look up to him that white kids, black kids, brown kids — blue, green; it doesn’t matter — can all be loving to each other.
That’s what me and Khalil are. We’re best friends, and we love one another. The only reason we did that was to unify people and unify the people that look up to us.”
But it’s important to note that Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack were all standing – and that’s the main point.
This wasn’t a protest by disrespectfully kneeling. This was accomplishing what Colin Kaepernick was attempting to do without contempt for the country.
That’s the start of progress.