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
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.