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.”
Since then, Kaepernick’s protests have spread through the football world like wildfire, and NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. has finally had enough.
The Daily Caller reported that before his game on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants wide receiver Beckham shook the hand of every military individual on the field.
“The line was a little long. I didn’t know. I got halfway through it and I had to ask one of them, ‘How many is y’all?’ He said, ‘There’s a lot of us.’ I said, ‘Well, I really appreciate what y’all do,’” Beckham told Sporting News. “For someone to sacrifice everything that they have for others, just the concept of it, it gives me chills. I don’t even know how to explain it. They sacrifice everything. It’s unselfish.”
This is not the first time Beckham has honored the military this football season. Last month, he wore patriotic cleats to honor 9/11 victims during his first game of the season.
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