Mookie Betts is an unpatriotic elitist and I don’t like him (UPDATE)

Mookie Betts, fresh from signing his 12-year, $365 million contract extension with my hometown Los Angeles Dodgers could not stand in respect for the national anthem. His teammates did. He did not. I have a problem with that.

Mookie Betts once promised, “I’ll never disrespect the flag.” That was a lie. He tried to excuse his behavior by saying, “kneeling has nothing to do with those who served our country.” That, too, is a lie.

Mookie Betts is dishonest

Mookie Betts is an unpatriotic elitist and I don't like him - Bent Corner
Mookie Betts

When I was in the Air Force, I stood for the national anthem all the time. It was a shared ritual we participated in that demonstrated our respect for our country and its people. It reminded us why we were doing what we were doing.

When entitled snobs like Betts either sit or kneel for the national anthem, they’re telling the rest of us how little they respect the things we hold sacred. It’s insulting. To pretend otherwise is dishonest.

If Betts doesn’t respect the United States of America, its citizens, or its military veterans, he should at least show respect for his teammates. He would do this by standing with them. If he can’t do any of that, maybe he should retire from baseball and become a full-time Black Lives Matter activist. The pay wouldn’t be as good, but he wouldn’t have to hide his newfound hatred for his country.

I don’t watch sports to be insulted

I watch sports to escape the reality of what’s going on in the world. Sport is a diversion. At least it’s supposed to be. I wish the national anthem was removed from sporting events. I don’t need a constant reminder that rich, unpatriotic athletes don’t respect our country or its people. It’s insulting to be reminded of it.

Love of country used to bind us together now only drives us further apart. People like Mookie Betts, Colin Kaepernick, and Giancarlo Stanton mock us for it.

We don’t need anything driving us further apart.

If I wanted to watch overly politicized content, I’ll watch MSNBC or Fox News. I watch sports to get away from such things. Thanks to pampered elitists like Mookie Betts, I cannot do that when watching sports. Not anymore.

UPDATE (4 February 2021)

Please ignore what I said about not liking Mookie Betts. I was wrong. I actually agree with him not standing for the national anthem. I don’t think I will stand for the national anthem if I ever find myself in a situation where it’s expected. Thanks, but no thanks. Considering how our country has completely failed us with the pandemic, I personally don’t think being an American is anything to be proud of. Not anymore.


4 thoughts on “Mookie Betts is an unpatriotic elitist and I don’t like him (UPDATE)”

  1. Kneeling is not about hating one’s country. It’s about acknowledging that the country has work to do in terms of equity for all. My father and brother also served and they don’t share your sentiments. I appreciate your service even though I don’t agree with you on this matter.

    1. No country is perfect, including ours. It has been and always will be a work in progress. That doesn’t mean it’s ever justified to sit or kneel during the national anthem. It’s disrespectful. Not only to the country but to everyone else showing their respects.

      Even though I’m an unbeliever when I go to a funeral or a wedding, when people are asked to stand and bow their heads, I stand and bow my head. Even though I do not believe the prayer being said is going anywhere, I think it would be disrespectful to everyone else in attendance to not stand and bow my head. I show my respects, not to a god I do not believe in, but to everyone else in attendance.

  2. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJB
    Sorry Rick, I know you don’t believe in Yahweh but I‘m pretty sure you’ve heard this verse along the way. I think the heart of the matter is … well, the heart! Our country has raised a generation of disrespectful and insubordinate citizens. Individuals who kneel instead of stand are being disrespectful. If someone doesn’t want to participate in the honoring of the American flag, then they should be allowed to stay in the locker room until the rest of us have sat down. Kneeling just demonstrates a persons lack of civility.

    1. Mookie Betts was taught as a kid to respect the flag and what it stands for. His dad is an Air Force vet. He promised four years ago that he would never disrespect the flag. Then, after signing a $365 million contract, he changed his mind. He now kneels instead of standing like a lot of his fellow millionaires.

      As pack animals, when we see everyone else in our pack doing something, our first inclination is to follow the pack. When we see everyone stand, we want to stand too. A human has to be trained not to do that.

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