NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — the guy who caused a firestorm last year by refusing to stand for the National Anthem during games — is once again in the spotlight, but this time he has company in controversy.A columnist for the Chicago Tribune recently penned a piece about Kaepernick, defending his actions to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner, stating it is a “pompous battle number.”
According to Fox News Insider, Asking why Kaepernick cannot find a new spot in the NFL Diana Goetsch asked, “What’s worse in the eyes of the NFL — players beating women or kneeling for the national anthem? Answer: kneeling.”
“‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is a pompous battle number,” Goetsch went on to say, although admitting that it had the signatures of 5 million Americans when it was approved as the national anthem in 1930.
“It wasn’t until 1942, and our entry into World War II, that it was played on loudspeakers daily before games.”Goetsch went on in her column to slam baseball, the military, and other classic aspects of distinctly American culture, and criticized the NFL for marketing itself to a “narrow and authoritarian version of patriotism.”
After Kaepernick took a knee, many other athletes across the sports world followed suit, more or less attempting to use what’s come to be known as “hash tag” activism as a means of boosting their publicity.
The bottom line is that it’s disrespectful to not stand and honor the country that provides you with an opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a game for fun.[This article was written by Steve Parker]