Sports celebrities, even from decades ago, are apparently siding with anthem-kneeling NFL players, calling it a protected right given by the U.S. Constitution.
It goes to show that none of these millionaire clowns have any idea what it meant for our troops to make the sacrifices they made in order to have this great nation. They can’t even take 90 seconds to stand and honor the flag that allows them to make millions of dollars for throwing around a ball on a court or field.
Shame on you, Kareem.
In an open letter, former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar claimed that the U.S. Constitution protects NFL player protests during the national anthem, and slammed the league for being “unpatriotic.”
“To deny professional athletes the right to express dissent in a peaceful manner is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism and shameful moral weakness,” the former Laker legend wrote in an op-ed at The Guardian.
Abdul-Jabbar opens his op-ed by criticizing the league for several of its recent anthem-related controversies, and ended by scoffing, “Then you made it worse.”
In May, you implemented a childish policy about how grown men must respond to the national anthem: a player can stay in the locker room during the anthem, but if he takes the field and then protests, the team and the player can be fined. Oh, Dear Owners. You stood at the precipice of history tasked with deciding whether to choose the principles of the US Constitution over profits of commerce, patriotism over pandering, morality over mob mentality, promoting social justice over pushing beers. Sadly, you blinked. Courage, it seems, is expected only of players.
Abdul-Jabbar then awkwardly likened the Miami Dolphins to the “abusive students in Stanford Prison Experiment” by “over-punishing protesting players,” with an announcement of fines if they broke the NFL’s new anthem ban rule. Of course, the famed Stanford Prison Experiment was recently revealed as a fraud, nonetheless Abdul-Jabbar still used the outdated reference.
The six-time NBA champion went on to lament that we do not understand what the protests are about:
It’s been two years since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to protest systemic racial injustice, especially police brutality, against people of color. The worst thing about that isn’t that two years later we’re still debating whether players have the right to protest, it’s that not much has changed regarding what Kaepernick was protesting.
Of course, this is not exactly right. Early in his 2016 protests, Colin Kaepernick himself often said that he was protesting against our flag and our nation, and not merely protesting “racial injustice.” Kaepernick variously wore socks depicting police as pigs, claimed the USA was “never great,” and said he could never stand in honor of the American flag.
Abdul-Jabbar goes on to recite statistics he claims shows that blacks are oppressed in America and concluded that Kaepernick’s protests are “the epitome of restraint.”
“Why aren’t you NFL owners outraged by that? If it were white people suffering those same statistics, you wouldn’t even play the national anthem,” the Hall of Famer wrote. “Then again, you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to become owners in the first place.”
The former UCLA Bruin also praised a few owners for standing up for social justice issues instead of “cowering under the false flag of patriotism.”
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