Today marks the beginning of the 2016 NFL season. Technically, it began on Thursday night in a Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, but this is the first Sunday of the regular season. It also marks the 15th anniversary of the Islamist terror attacks that involved the hijacking of four commercial passenger jets so that they could be used as weapons, murdering over 3,000 people for no other reason than that they were Americans.
If you had told me on September 11, 2001, that fifteen years from now, NFL players would protest during our country’s anthem, I would have said you were on crack.
But that’s what is going to happen today. NFL players will either sit, squat, or kneel on one knee to protest against racial injustice in America. The same racist America that has had both an African-American as president and attorney general since 2009.
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled in protest during the anthem Thursday night. A few months ago Brandon Marshall signed a four-year, $32 million contract extension with the Broncos and yet somehow could not find the motivation to stand during our anthem. His teammates stood. The thousands of fans in attendance stood.
Brandon Marshall kneeled in protest.
Although I’ve never considered myself to be an overly patriotic person, these protests piss me off. I think they’re misguided, stupid, and unnecessarily rude. These protests are rude to the others standing in respect to the flag and our country’s anthem. If you don’t respect our country, then respect the others who are standing.
It would be similar to an atheist attending a funeral and refusing to stand during the prayer for the departed. If you don’t stand for the God you don’t believe in, then stand in regard for everyone else.
Don’t be a dick when you don’t have to.
I know that if I watch NFL football today, I’m going to be forced to watch players like Colin Kaepernick, the brainchild behind this retarded protest, disrespect my country and my fellow citizens. I just don’t want to see it. The idea that this is something to prepare for on the 15th anniversary of 9-11 is mind blowing.