Opinion Article: It’s another NFL Sunday and probably the most awkward one that I can remember in my life. The President came out on Friday and did what he did best: He said exactly what millions of Americans were thinking regarding NFL protesters and that is, they should be told to take a hike if they simply can’t respect America for 1 minute before a game.
It’s really not a hard concept to grasp and if I’m offended by anything, it’s the simple fact that our President is taking such heat for making the comment. In my opinion, speaking out against such awful displays of disrespect for our country is long overdue.
I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe there are lines that can be crossed when trying to make a point. Do you want to make a political point? Fine. But use something other than our flag that our brothers and sisters from the past and present have fought so hard to defend and everything it stands for. Some have even given up their lives to defend it. And a symbol of their life lost is none other than the American flag delivered by the bearers of bad news, who have to inform their loved ones what happened.
As a father, I see how my children look up to and mock what athletes, movie stars or any other celebrities do through all forms of media. And it tears me apart when some of these athletes don’t take that into consideration before acting the way they do all because they seek attention.
I, along with millions of other Americans, have gone through the struggle of trying to make ends meet for my family. And there’s nothing worse then to see an athlete who makes millions of dollars, disrespect our flag and our National Anthem all for some ulterior motive. All while, there other fellow Americans who sacrifice their lives for our freedom who don’t even make a small fraction of what athletes earn.
Football is entertainment. And we have a choice to watch it or not. It’s not a place for politics! It’s a sport that Americans watch to help break away from the day-to-day grind and pressures we face. And when we finally settle down to watch our favorite team play, the last thing we want to see is ungrateful, overpaid players kneeling for some cause that truly and honestly at the end of the day makes no sense when they try to explain it. It does more damage than it does good. It’s beyond pathetic and I’m so glad our America First leader finally spoke out against it. I hope, for the good of our country, famous folks would wake up!
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