Kaepernick, Marshall et al. Forget About the Troops

NY Times – Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who touched off a national debate when he chose not to stand during the playing of the national anthem before games, has emboldened a handful of other players to follow suit. In a continuing protest against racial injustice, Kaepernick knelt before a game Monday night while other players took a knee or raised their fists. A day earlier, four Miami Dolphins players knelt during the anthem, and a member of the Kansas City Chiefs raised his fist before a separate game, saying later that he had been acting in solidarity with Kaepernick. Two players from the New England Patriots and three from the Tennessee Titans also raised their fists on Sunday.

During the NFL’s preseason, Colin Kaepernick decided to remain seated during the national anthem in protest of what he saw as racial injustice in this country. Guess Kaepernick never got the memo that we have a BLACK president and the most talked about comedian in the country, Bill Cosby, is also black. Kaepernick’s protest has spread throughout the league, with numerous other NFL players deciding to sit, kneel, or raise their fists in protest during the playing of the national anthem. Frankly, the media has largely been silent on this issue and very little attention has been paid to these protests. If Kaepernick’s goal was to initiate a discussion he has failed. Thankfully, there were some politicians brave enough to speak out against Kaepernick’s so-called protest.

Senator Cruz was not afraid to speak his mind and call out the hypocrisy that Kaepernick, a rich millionaire, would attempt to bring to light injustices faced by the less privileged. Cruz is right on the money here and hopefully next week will call on hypocritical billionaire Bill Gates to stop giving so much money to poor people who continue to mooch off of the good will of the philanthropic billionaire class. It’s obvious that Kaepernick’s protest is nothing more than empty words, instead of SITTING in protest why not STAND up and actually do something, put your money where your mouth is Colin.

In trying to bring light to all these so called injustices, Kaepernick has forgotten what this is really all about, the troops. Instead of quietly protesting at a local library where no one will hear or be disturbed, Kaepernick has decided to do so on a national stage and in a manner that directly disrespects the troops. The contrast between his offensive protest and the NFLs complete, total, and selfless support of our military makes who is in the right even more clear. While Kaepernick is SELFISHLY taking a knee (too tired to stand Colin?) the NFL is SELFLESSLY showing their dedication for the men and women in uniform who make the NFL possible.

Washington Post – NFL will return taxpayer money used for military tributes: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged in a letter to two U.S. senators Thursday that the National Football League would “promptly” return more than $700,000 teams had been paid to perform military tributes during games. The NFL received harsh backlash last year when Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain (both R-Ariz.) revealed how the Department of Defense paid professional sports teams to host in-game ceremonies as a form of recruitment.

No one is saying Kaepernick can’t make a statement, but instead of trying to speak out against racial injustices in the criminal justice system which shows total disrespect for everything the troops do, why not use your platform to show appreciation for all that service-members and first responders do Colin?

Perhaps you’ve forgotten about Pat Tillman, who gave up fame and fortune to enlist in the Army and was tragically killed fighting in Afghanistan. This is yet another example where Colin could attempt to highlight the sacrifices made by the troops but is yet again silent.

ESPN – DENVER — Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer wore a sticker on his helmet Sunday honoring former teammate Pat Tillman, even though he expects the NFL to fine him for it. Plummer, who removed the sticker last week, chose to keep it on this time. Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals safety who walked away from the NFL to join the U.S. Army Rangers and fight in Afghanistan, was killed in action in April. Plummer was warned of the fine before last week’s game and chose to remove the decal. “That was a decision I made and I was upset” about it, he said. Asked recently about Plummer’s sticker, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league’s long-standing policy prohibits personal messages on uniforms or helmets. Violators could face fines of $5,000. “I’ll get fined,” Plummer said. “I’ll take my fine like a man.”

We cannot let Kaepernick’s “protest” be a distraction. I propose instead of sitting, we call on all NFL players to STAND as a counter-protest. It’s time we finally show some selfless respect for our troops like the NFL does.

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