A wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the protesting of the national anthem, which has now become popular amongst athletes, but not for any of the social justice issues you might think.
The player chose to kneel throughout the anthem during Sunday’s game to protest the election of Donald Trump. Until then, no Tampa Bay Buccaneers player had joined in on kneeling during the anthem.
After the game, wide receiver Mike Evans publicly announced his choice to sit out during the anthem was made not in support of Colin Kaepernick or any of his moral agendas, but in protest of the President-elect.
Fox News reports:
“I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.
Evans is just one of many liberals taking a stand against Trump. Day by day, extremely disgruntled liberals are trying to stand against the majority in America who wanted radical change in Washington and more – which is the platform Trump not only ran on, but won the hearts of Americans.
While Evans choice to sit out the anthem is minor compared to the rioting and destruction some liberals are taking to daily, the disrespect of the American flag and anthem is still controversial, at best.
Although many argue that it is his right to protest under the First Amendment, the blatant disrespect is disgusting to many NFL viewers.
The constant protests have led to a decline in ratings; one which Donald Trump even pointed out was due to the lack of respect by the league’s players.
The Washington Post reports:
“I don’t know if you know — the NFL is way down in their ratings. And you know why? Two reasons,” the Republican presidential nominee said at a rally here Sunday. “Number one is this politics, they’re finding, is a much rougher game than football, and more exciting. And this, honestly, we’ve taken a lot of people away from the NFL. And the other reason is Kaepernick. Kaepernick.”
“Maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen,” Trump told conservative show host Dori Monson on KIRO Radio in Seattle in August.
Evans speculated that he (and many more) would choose to not visit the White House and be greeted by President Trump after winning a championship game.
Fox News reports:
“I don’t know. That’s something I would cross. We’ll have to cross that road, I guess.”
Many athletes like LeBron James publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton running for President, and ignorantly refused to recognize Donald Trump as a political figure.
Mike Evans, who chose to make such a blatantly public stand against the President-elect, went so far as to claim he “wasn’t even political”.
Fox News reports:
“I said this a long time ago. When [Trump] ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I got common sense. And I know when something’s not right.”
Regardless of whether sitting for the anthem is a moral controversy or not, Evans – and many others – blatant disrespect of the President-elect are not only ignorant, but useless as Trump’s inauguration is in January.
Many coaches prohibit their players to continue playing after they choose to sit out or kneel for the anthem, and the NFL is considering suspending those players as their ratings drop significantly.
What are your thoughts?
Should these players be allowed to continue to play after their protests? Or is it their right under their First Amendment freedoms?
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