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Neil deMause: Trump right to question National Football League subsidies

13 October 2017

That was in August 2016, and now in October of this year, we are still battling over this debate. In fact, Kaepernick actually got permission from veterans to kneel from former Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks player Nate Boyer, who wrote an open letter to the activist regarding his first choice to sit down during the Anthem. Throughout the season, starting or not, he took a knee and some players started to take Kaepernick's side by joining his movement.

But the Chris Foerster story lasted maybe an hour or so before it was relegated to a piece of relative trivia, and treated with nearly as much indifference as Dolphins QB Jay Cutler treats literally everything.

He concluded, "You cannot disrespect our country, our flag our anthem, you cannot do that".

So it seems somewhat odd that National Football League owners would stand on the field in a protest that does not appear to align with their previous political actions. The response was incredible. Some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem. The First Amendment grants freedom of speech, and to call someone's way of exercising free speech "un-American" is un-American.

NCAA "could not conclude North Carolina violated NCAA rules"
The basketball team begins official workouts tonight at a special "Late Night with Roy", practice at midnight. The Tar Heels won a pair of national titles within the span - in 2005 and 2009.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now".

Somehow, shockingly, the players didn't obey the very, very powerful president, with hundreds joining in protests in one form or another over the weekend. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you. "Stand up for the national anthem - because they're being hurt". Still others hate the idea of politics and sports mixing at all, wishing to see the two steer clear of one another. The issue now is now also about free speech. That white supremacist protest cost one woman her life and - as opposed to the National Anthem demonstration - Trump was not as vocal about their actions, having to denounce them multiple times. But it is being held in a nonviolent context and with respect.

There were all sorts of unobjectionable means available for players to defy Trump, but they allowed themselves to, in effect, get double-dared into disrespecting the flag. It is time to stop tweeting about National Football League players using their platform to speak their mind and focus on your job as leader of the United States of America.

Patriotism can be defined in many ways, but in this case, it is exemplified by this group's need to take America back to a time period that was much less tolerant than it is now.

Neil deMause: Trump right to question National Football League subsidies