First, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand last week for the national anthem in protest against police violence against black Americans. Then it was Seattle Reign soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, taking a knee in protest of LGBT discrimination. Now it’s Denver Broncos,’ Brandon Marshall, who said he’s taking a knee for “social injustice.” Social injustice? Isn’t that like wanting “world peace” at a beauty pageant? But it’s still spreading—one by one, like a bad infection—from one handsomely-compensated athlete to another.
Now, if Kaepernick could see his way to donating a significant portion of that $14 + million he makes in a year towards solving some of the problems he has concerns about, that would be a serious contribution.
Otherwise, Kaepernick and all the other sitting/kneeling athletes need to go sit/kneel somewhere else, where it’s a little less offensive to those who put their lives on the line so you could make that $14 million. It’s good to see advertisers starting to pull their sponsorships–glad to know someone has this country’s back.
Now, how about a hefty fine for unsportsmanlike conduct? If this behavior doesn’t count, we don’t know what does. Free speech isn’t even on the table. You can’t say what you want on national television and you don’t make the rules. You know why it takes 10 yards to make a first down? It’s the rules.