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.”
While the NFL chose to do nothing to punish Kaepernick, it has decided to take action against players who dared to honor 9/11 victims on the field this past Sunday. Daily Caller reported that the NFL has decided to fine three NFL players for wearing cleats that honored 9/11 victims and first responders during games that took place on the 15-year anniversary of the attacks.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and New York Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz will each likely face a $6,000 fine for their patriotic shoes.
Trace Gallagher: After wearing patriotic cleats “all three expect to be fined about $6K [by NFL] for the gesture.” pic.twitter.com/q0UuvLJdUo
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 13, 2016
Initially, it appeared that the NFL would not be fining the players, but now they are all expected to pay up. Meanwhile, players who refuse to stand during the national anthem haven’t faced a punishment from the NFL of any kind.
Welcome to Obama’s America, folks!