Earlier this month, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he refused to stand as the national anthem played before a game. Within 24 hours, fans were burning his jersey to let him know that what he did was wrong.
Kaepernick tried to defend his shameful show of disrespect by race-baiting.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said of his protest. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Miami Dolphins players Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins and Kenny Stills took a knee during the national anthem of their season-opening game against the Seattle Seahawks. Now, this move has come back to bite them in a big way…
According to Raw Story, Broward County police deputies are firing back at the Dolphins by launching a protest of their own in anticipation of the Dolphins’ first home game of the season against the Cleveland Browns. The Broward Sheriff’s Office union has issued a request that team-sponsored police escorts cease until every player on the NFL team stands for the national anthem.
“We’ve asked the deputies and the Broward Sheriff’s Office not to do the details anymore,” said Jeffery Bell, the president of the International Union of Police Associations, Local 6020. “I respect their right to have freedom of speech. However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporary while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
Before these NFL players insult our country and those who serve it, they should remember that they depend on police officers for protection every day. SHARE this story if you think police officers should REFUSE to protect race-baiting NFL players!