If you get not a single word of praise, but only criticism, day in and day out, by family, friends…
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It’s not up to you or to me to say what someone else means when they take an action. Only that person knows what they mean by it. So let’s look at what they have to say.

Here is what they said:

“After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.
It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.”

Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who suggested to Colin that he kneel, had this to say :

“We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer says. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”

The 2 players who started the kneeling tell us that it was a decision made in order to be respectful and still make a point that they feel strongly needs to be made. You and I may disagree with the point, but that doesn’t give us the right to give a new meaning to their actions. Only the person doing something knows what they meant by it.

The rest of the NFL have made varying statements that amount to showing unity behind the right of certain players to respectfully express their issue.

I am a veteran and I served my country with honor and pride. I believe in the rights of our constitution. These men have free speech rights that others have died for. Disrespect would be to deny them the rights that were so costly to defend. Don’t try to silence them.

And as for keeping politics out of sports, then let’s do that. No more flyovers by the Air Force and Navy. No more National Anthem. No more ceremonies for politicians who attend. Politics is all over sports, so why should the players be denied their chance to participate?

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