I’m sure everybody is aware of what NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and many other NFL players have been doing recently. If you’re not aware, these athletes (African-American), are protesting black oppression in America by not standing for the National Anthem (seen below).
This occurrence has been seen and discussed all over the media, and many people have been debating the importance of these actions. Hall of Famer and chief baseball officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa, has recently made a statement. According to ESPN.com, La Russa claimed “I was there in the Bay Area when he [Colin Kaepernick] first was a star, a real star. I never once saw him do anything but promote himself. And all of a sudden now he’s a second-stringer and he’s got this mission … and I just don’t trust his sincerity.” Tony has a point here. A big one. Kaepernick was a quiet, humble, and talented QB back when he had the starting job. And now that he lost that spot, he lost all of the attention that he probably unknowingly desired. This is when he starts his protest. Coincidence? Yeah, I don’t think so.
La Russa also states “And even if he was sincere, there’s ways to express your belief in some of the issues that face blacks around this country without disrespecting the country you live in or the flag that it represents.” I agree with this statement 100%. The National Anthem is the epitome of America. It is the pride and soul of the very country that we live so freely in, and the country that pays Kaepernick’s ass $19 Million a year.
Tony also mentioned that if any of his players while he was managing a team wanted to sit during the National Anthem, he would tell them to sit inside the clubhouse.
Also, while I’m talking about this subject, I’d like to address the NFL players that sat during the Anthem on the anniversary of 9/11. We get it, you feel as though blacks are oppressed. But 9/11 is a day of remembrance dedicated to the awful tragedy that took place on that very day 15 years ago, where nearly 3,000 lives were taken. Show some respect and stop seeking attention. That day was not about you. It was about the lives lost and the strength and support of the American people following this tragedy.
What I also want people to understand is that I’m not racist or careless about African-American people. If you feel as if you are oppressed and want people to know, let them know. There are many ways to go about it without disrespecting the country that you live in. If you want to sit out during the National Anthem while active military stands before you saluting a flag in which they are willing to die for, go ahead. But just know that doing so doesn’t make you any special. It just makes you a giant asshole.