Spoiled millionaire athletes continue with their misguided anti-American protests.
More and more people are getting roped into the controversy and joining in with ridiculous displays of virtue-signaling, including cheerleaders and Pop Warner players.
Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, was asked about the protest, and her answer was interesting.
Rachel Robinson believes her husband would’ve stood for the National Anthem.
The widow of Major League Baseball legend Jackie Robinson, says she doubts whether her famed husband would have protested during the playing of the national anthem, but she can’t say for sure.
TMZ’s cameras caught Rachel Robinson as she was being wheeled in her wheelchair through L.A.’s airport. She was asked if she thought the man famous for breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947, would have joined Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests.
I have no idea, but I doubt it,” Rachel Robinson said when asked if Jackie would take a knee during the anthem.
“I think so, I don’t know,” she replied when pressed on whether he would have stood in respect for the nation. Rachel Robinson said that she thinks today’s generation is different.
Jackie Robinson’s widow says she doesn’t think the MLB legend would have taken a knee and joined in the recent national anthem demonstrations … but she really can’t say for sure. SUBSCRIBE — http://po.st/TMZSportsSubscribe About TMZ Sports: Some of the best stories in sports have been off the field and we’re reporting on athletes from NFL, NBA, UFC, WWE, MLB and more!
Still, the wife of the civil rights icon said it wasn’t exactly fair for her to speak for her husband who has been gone for so long.
Rachel Robinson was in town to join her family to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
The L.A. Dodgers took Game 1 over the Houston Astros, 3-1.
Considering the actual injustice Jackie Robinson faced, one can only imagine what he would think about the attitudes (and salaries) of today’s athletes.
From The Atlantic:
Robinson broke into baseball when America was a deeply segregated nation. In 1946, at least six African Americans were lynched in the South. Restrictive covenants were still legal, barring blacks (and Jews) from buying homes in many neighborhoods—not just in the South.
Only a handful of blacks were enrolled in the nation’s predominantly white colleges and universities. There were only two blacks in Congress. No big city had a black mayor.
It is difficult today to summon the excitement that greeted Robinson’s achievement. The dignity with which Robinson handled his encounters with racism—including verbal and physical abuse on the field and in hotels, restaurants, trains, and elsewhere—drew public attention to the issue, stirred the consciences of many white Americans, and gave black Americans a tremendous boost of pride and self-confidence.
Martin Luther King Jr. once told Dodgers star Don Newcombe, another former Negro Leaguer, “You’ll never know what you and Jackie and Roy [Campanella] did to make it possible to do my job.”
Today’s NFL protesters need to think about what real oppression looks like the next time they cash their hefty game checks or get an endorsement deal.
If they want to advocate for people in disadvantaged communities, that’s laudable and great. But disrespecting the country doesn’t need to be part of the equation.