On Friday night, 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.”
Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Los Angeles Ram, recently made it clear that he wouldn’t be tolerating any of this nonsense on his own team. During a recent preseason team meeting, Fisher took the opportunity to address the significance of the American flag and national anthem while driving home to his players the importance of showing respect for them.
Conservative Tribune reported that Fisher began by telling his rookies and new team members how the organization handles the pre-game ritual as well as how and where they should stand. He then ran a brief film clip of the team standing for the anthem as a visual example.
“This is important to me,” Fisher said to the players. “It’s a respect thing, OK. It’s a self-respect thing, it’s a respect for your teammates, it’s a respect for this game, it’s a respect for this country. This is important to us.”
“It’s an opportunity to realize how lucky you are in what you are doing, what you are about ready to do,” he reminded the team. “That’s how you show your opponent that you’re ready to play. That’s how you start a game.”
We applaud Coach Fisher for demanding that his players show respect to the American flag. SHARE this story if you stand with him against race-baiters like Colin Kaepernick!