An awful thing happened on Veterans Day weekend during an NFL game.
Hundreds of thousands of patriotic fans have abandoned their status as NFL patrons because of players kneeling during the national anthem (as well as the anemic NFL leadership who does nothing about it). In fact, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell often rewards said lunacy with sitting down and having conversations with these players about their alleged “protests.”
Many fans view this as incredibly disrespectful. Those who kneel don’t acknowledge the service and sacrifice of soldiers and veterans, nor do they respect the symbol of said sacrifice–the American flag.
It was assumed that few would kneel this Veterans Day weekend. And that prediction proved true.
However, there were a handful that didn’t. And it truly disgusts me.
You can’t give a few minutes to acknowledge the service of those who protected your freedoms?
According to Fox News, before the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants game, two individuals still knelt. Still. This is outrageous:
The San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin were the only members of the team seen kneeling. No other protests immediately emerged. The controversy started last year with a one-man effort by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he wanted to draw attention to police mistreatment of African-Americans across the U.S.
The Associated Press noted that Giants defensive-end Olivier Vernon also knelt.
It is just insanity.
Instead of a moment of silence, why won’t the National Football League insist that players stand?
That regular, consistent respect would mean a heck of a lot more than a few seconds of silence.
I would like a lifetime of silence from those that suffer from Colin Kaepernickitis.
It should be noted, however, that individual teams acknowledged the service of veterans in different ways.
The Atlanta Falcons said each of their players would be wearing the initials of a fallen service member on a special helmet decal.
Titans receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with teammates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.
On Thursday night, all of the players with the Seattle Seahawks stood during the national anthem as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service before playing the Arizona Cardinals, Q13 Fox reported.
As a massive American flag draped the field, guard Oday Aboushi, center Justin Britt, defensive linemen Dion Jordan, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Jarran Reed, Branden Jackson, Nazair Jones, Sheldon Richardson and running back Thomas Rawls all stood, according to ESPN.
The team had several members of the defensive line sit during the national anthem in the past couple of weeks.
Michael Bennett, who was the first Seahawk to sit on the bench in the preseason, told NBC he did so in advance of Veterans Day, to make it clear he respects the military.
But, at the end of the day, until the league and its players decides that all must stand, I do not think we can applaud these small concessions.
Let the failure of the NFL continue!