If you’re paying close attention, you’ll see the fabric of sports is about to become more anti-American than ever before.
Patient zero of that change is disgraced former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first kneeled during the national anthem almost four years ago, and still has reverberating effects throughout the entire sports industry.
And now Kaepernick’s divisiveness has spread to these two U.S. women’s soccer teams that just kneeled during the national anthem.
How hard is it for people to understand that the American Flag and the national anthem are powerful symbols of this great country?
When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem, it sent a shock to the system in a number of different ways.
One of the main ones that seems to have escaped Kaepernick is how much both of those symbols mean to Americans and their heritage.
And the optics of a multimillionaire athlete diminishing the value of our country’s symbols, ignoring all the bloodshed that had been spilled, so he can throw a pigskin around, is unbelievably tone-deaf.
To make matters immeasurably worse, Kaepernick’s harmful actions spread throughout the NFL. Players all over the league joined the embattled quarterback, carrying on his torch, even following Kaepernick’s departure for the league.
Amid the current political climate, this has only exacerbated things to the point where all sports are going to have players who kneel during the national anthem.
On Saturday during the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament in Utah, all players from both the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage kneeled in solidarity for Kaepernick.
Players and coaches even wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in the routine warmups prior to the game.
The Thorns and Courage said in a joint statement: “We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America. We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”
And it obviously goes without saying that league officials are letting them demonstrate this anti-American stance without any consequences.
Courage midfielder Sam Mewis said after her team defeated the Thorns 2-1, “Today, hopefully, it was a powerful statement. It was an emotional time and I hope that both teams’ message comes through clearly.”
The only message that was “clearly” received is the blatant disrespect these anthem-kneelers have for those that gave their life for them. How do they not get this?
Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn said: “The (players’ association) has been about collaborating with teams on what we can do to maintain and sustain the conversation around racial injustice in this country. We made a strong statement and we wanted to kind of maintain that momentum that has been happening and to show official commitment to the cause.”
This is where delusions of grandeur come into fold. How many people do they think this statement reached? A few hundred? It’s not like millions of eyeballs tuned in because there definitely weren’t in-stadium due to the pandemic.
And this is far from over either. Literally every sport will have a majority of players do the exact same thing.