Training camp for all thirty-two teams is officially underway, which means the start of the regular season is right around the corner.
It also means that a handful of players will continue disgraced former quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s divisive kneeling during the National Anthem.
And this NFL star just confirmed he will kneel during America’s song for the entirety of next season.
The NFL has had one bad headline after another with its players having domestic violence or drug abuse issues. It’s never ending.
The league that once seemed indestructible was starting to show cracks in the armor. But the thing that set a lot of Americans off was several years ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback first kneeled during the National Anthem. It was a gross protest that offended many Americans who have loved ones that gave their lives for our freedoms.
It’s a little surprising the league has lasted this long with this kind of rampant anti-American behavior.
Despite the controversy and unwanted notoriety a team gets when a player kneels, that won’t stop Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid from continuing to do it next season as well.
Reid told the Charlotte Observer, “If a day comes that I feel like we’ve addressed those issues, and our people aren’t being discriminated against or being killed over traffic violations, then I’ll decide it’s time to stop protesting. I haven’t seen that happen… We’ve got to keep fighting. Got to keep agitating. Got to keep making sure that we put pressure on the people who make the laws, and the decisions, in this country.”
Well he’s certainly right about that. If his intentions were to agitate and ruffle feathers than he succeeded.
But at what cost?
Millions of Americans changed the channel and boycotted football because of this blatant anti-American disrespect.
The Miami Dolphins were the first to ban its players from kneeling and the team owner even issued a statement saying, “All of our players will be standing.”
However, shortly after, the Associated Press got their hands on the new rule that if a player kneeled, then it would result in a fine or suspension, the liberal media and players lost their collective minds.
However, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t get that memo because the “America’s Team” owner went ahead and nipped the problem in the bud by forcing all of his players to stand during the National Anthem.
He told reporters when asked what he’ll do in regards to the issue, he said, “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.”
What’s interesting about this statement is the “toe on the line,” part. That is a patriotic direct message to the fans that his players will not step out of line any longer. Texas is one of the biggest states for football and Jones is acknowledging that these protests have hurt his fans and he’s going to put a stop to it.
What’s also remarkable is that the new rule issued by the NFL was just put on hold due to a stalemate with the players association because they can’t find a diplomatic solution to keep the fans and hateful anti-American players happy at the same time. That solution is pretty simple; find another way to protest. Don’t bring it to work.