Fox News – Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is one of the competitors on the 23rd season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and the controversial swimmer wasn’t shy about disagreeing with San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem prior to his team’s games. “You know, I’m really proud to stand for my National Anthem,” Lochte, who was widely criticized and apologized for fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games, told FOX411. “I remember especially this past Olympics when I was getting that gold, [having] a lot of emotional feeling.” But rapper Vanilla Ice, while offering no comment on Kaepernick, was firm in his conviction to stand and salute. “I mean that’s the National Anthem. I rise, and you know, salute that flag every time because we have soldiers that put their life on the line for our freedom to live in this country,” he said. “So, I’m not going to comment anything other than that. I will rise.”
It’s felt like there’s been a giant vacuum in all of the Kaepernick coverage following his decision to not stand for the national anthem. It’s that kind of thing where you know something is missing but you can’t quite put your finger on it. But like Potter Stewart said “I know it when I see it” and folks I have seen it. Ryan Lochte and Vanilla Ice’s takes on the Kaepernick situation are what have been missing from this discussion. Both bring a fresh and relevant perspective that have been missing from the national dialogue. Lochte is no stranger to police violence and is in a unique position to address Kaepernick’s claims of police brutality in a way that many white athletes are not. Lochte self-identifies as a victim of police brutality, but he is still proud to stand for the national anthem, he knows what it’s like to “having a lot of emotional feeling.” The type of eloquence he brings to the dialogue has sorely been missed and the internet take machine can’t put the kind of poetic spin on the issue that Lochte can. And for an issue that has mostly divided black and white America, there is no one better to provide a fresh outlook than Mr. Van Winkle. If there was a venn diagram of black and white people in this country Vanilla Ice would sit firmly in the middle and is as qualified as anyone to speak to both sides of the issue.