s the protests in the nation’s big cities seem to be winding down (hopefully), a select few segments of society don’t seem to be getting the danger of what issues they are actually supporting.
The only professional sports league that appears to not be affected by the coronavirus, the NFL, appears to be willing to defecate on their fans over the protest issue.
Houston Texan defensive lineman J.J. Watt said kneeling for the United States national anthem “isn’t disrespecting the flag or our military” as he fired back at a Twitter user who suggested he would not be among the Texans players protesting.
The idea of taking a knee for The Star-Spangled Banner before NFL games to protest police brutality and racial injustice has been raised again following the death of George Floyd in police custody on March 25.
When former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt four years ago he was heavily criticized by President Trump, but the NFL recently apologized for not listening to its players and encouraged them to “speak out and peacefully protest.”
.Saints quarterback Drew Brees was criticized for suggesting those who took a knee were “disrespecting the flag,” though he later apologized for those comments, a U-turn that Trump insisted he was wrong to make. The 2020 NFL regular season is not due to begin until September, but Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has said he would join his players in kneeling.
“Yeah, I’ll take a knee,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I’m all for it. The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against the flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”
Wait a minute – “.players.haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”? NFL players? Multi-millionaire NFL players who have earned the highly coveted privilege of playing a game that captivates millions of Americans? What in the hell is O’Brien talking about?
A Twitter user responded to that story on the social media channel by writing: “Pretty sure you won’t see [JJ Watt] taking a knee….” along with three emojis of the American flag.
However, Watt hit back from his own account, saying kneeling for the anthem had nothing to do with either the USA flag or the country’s military.
He quote-retweeted his mention, saying: “A) don’t speak for me B) if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening.”
The new NFL regular season will kick off with the Texans facing our Chiefs; the reigning Super Bowl champions, on September 10. That should be an interesting National Anthem.
.Mark Levin responded to this controversy as follows:
“JJ Watt, now he’s all in. Disrespecting the flag and the national anthem don’t disrespect the country or military, folks. No, not at all. As JJ Watt demands, aren’t you listening? Well JJ, you’re a moron, that flag is carried into battle by the military. It’s worn on military uniforms. It drapes the caskets of those who’ve been killed defending your right to open your big mouth, play a game, and make tens of millions of dollars. It flies above our most important buildings. Don’t lecture tens of millions of us, of all races and backgrounds, and who love our country that disrespecting the flag or anthem is about what YOU say and not what WE say. At least have the guts, tough guy, to be honest. Done with the NFL, its billionaire owners, its multi-millionaire commissioner and players, and their smearing of the fans — who pay for all of it — and the American people generally. Good riddance.”
Could not have expressed my thoughts better. At least the Chiefs won a Super Bowl before the players and commissioner began crapping on their fans.
.If the take-a-knee protests aren’t about the flag, why do the protest when everyone is standing at attention facing the flag during the National Anthem?
If Kaepernick’s original protest wasn’t about the flag, why did he begin it by dismissively sitting on the bench several years ago when he first started refusing to stand and salute the flag during the anthem?
You’ve got to wonder about all these things.