For months now we’ve constantly heard about NFL players desperate for the limelight kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest against “inequality.”This show of extreme disrespect was started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and seemingly spread to other teams in the NFL, even going so far as to infect little league football kids.
While many players have jumped on this bandwagon in an attempt to use activism to look relevant, Buffalo Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has a much different perspective on the whole matter.
Kouandjio recently became a U.S. citizen and stated he would not be kneeling for the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and the reason he gave for his decision is awesome.
According TheBlaze, And last week, the 23-year-old offensive tackle became a naturalized American citizen.
“My father still tells stories of running away from the violence, hiding out in the woods, his baby sister on his back,” Kouandjio told 33 others who took oath with him in a downtown Buffalo courtroom as new U.S. citizens, the Buffalo News reported. “He lived in a far different world.”
Remembering what it took to get to this country — as well as everything it has offered to him — Kouandjio added there’s no way he could ever not stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as many of his fellow NFL players have done this season.“I can’t kneel during the anthem,” Kouandjio added Thursday, the paper said. “I don’t blame Colin Kaepernick for doing what he did. But for me, I have too much respect for a flag and anthem that represent freedom and liberty.”
During the ceremony, Kouandjio also led his fellow oath takers in the Pledge of Allegiance and then spent time walking around the courtroom offering congratulations, the News said.As if that wasn’t refreshing enough, Kouandjio also said that while he wasn’t pleased Donald Trump is the new president, he accepts the results of the election and looks forward to being able to vote in the 2020 election.
Folks, this is the kind of person we want to emigrate to this country. People who actually appreciate their liberty and freedom and understand what a blessing it is to live in a nation where you can live your life the way you choose.
Kouandjio is such a breath of fresh air compared to Kaepernick and his radical pals. Let’s hope he has a long, successful career and is able to impart his views to other athletes in the business.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]