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Monroe coach says he won't stop students from taking a knee

Monroe coach says he won't stop students from taking a knee”

Before the start of the San Francisco 49ers' first preseason game of 2016 against the Houston Texans, second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a decision to stay on the bench.

At said time, his actions were seen not only as disrespectful but anti-patriotic. The hard part is turning the conversation into action.

But all that has for sure changed since Saturday.

This weekend, what was initially just a drop in the bucket became a deluge when many NFL teams and other professional athletes knelt or locked arms during the national anthem as a form of protest. National Basketball Association players and one Major League Baseball player joined as well. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments were, "divisive and showed lack of respect for the NFL", with many team owners echoing the same sentiments - including from owners who had donated to his campaign. Too often, the anthem is seen as representing and confirming that the United States is the greatest country on earth, when in reality, it should be a sober reminder to everyone in the country of what we have sacrificed to get to this point. What will our team do?

Mr. Boyer goes on to write "There are already plenty people fighting fire with fire, and it's just not helping anyone or anything".

Historically protests in the field, arena or stadium are rare.

The president should stick to politics, much like how ESPN should stick to covering sports. That is what everyone's talking about, not social injustice. All but one Pittsburgh Steelers player stayed in the locker room while Coach Mike Tomlin and the coaching staff remained on the field for the national anthem.

Fans of this team or that - I am a Denver Broncos guy myself - could now be banging into each other with large numbers watching ever less football so that this national celebration of ours becomes more almost a whimper. "On their own as individuals, they have that right".

"He thinks it was a direct response to obviously what the president said", Reid responded. While Altman did not dismiss their right to express themselves, he certainly made it clear it shouldn't happen when they were wearing the OR jersey.

Trump received immediate league-wide backlash for his comments. But even Reid, the 49ers' fifth-year safety, doesn't know when or if Kaepernick will come out and discuss the surge of national anthem protests throughout the NFL.

Do we expect our proposal to change the way things are done? In fact is what makes sports so unique and empowering. "When we did this a year ago I think people were so shocked at the gesture, there were so many narratives swirling about disrespect of this and disrespecting that, that nobody could get past that and hear about why we were doing it". "Or you know what's going to happen?" They are protesting systemic racism and police brutality.

"He's trying to make things better".

Some took the opposite standing with their hands over their hearts in traditional homage to our National Anthem.

So far, players from the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and San Francisco 49ers have joined the protest. As a former military officer with strong connections to people in uniform today, I say it's the vile bigot who is president that offends people in the military, not people expressing their rights to free speech. Steve Kerr addressed the White House visit issue by saying, "I think we would, in normal times, very easily be able to set aside political differences, go visit and have a good time". Standing up for what you believe in, to me, is freedom of speech.



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