PINE BELT (WDAM) - We are happy to see football season begin again. We were not happy to see how one of the NFL's quarterbacks acted before a pre-season game…
San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday's pre-season game against Green Bay, because he was protesting.
The NFL issued a statement that said players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem. This is the same NFL that refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a helmet decal in honor of the fallen Dallas Police officers gunned down on Thursday July 7th.
It is interesting that the NFL only "encourages" players to respect the symbol of our nation, the American flag, and our anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. These symbols of our nation are to be seen and respected as our goals we commit to achieve, not their perfect practice….
Do we always reach 100% of all our goals? No, but clearly it is the best attempt ever made in history, and continues to be the envy of the world.
Here is a picture of one former 49er Kaepernick certainly did not honor, He is Glen Coffee who was also drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. He gave up millions of dollars and an NFL career to serve his country.
As an American, Colin Kaepernick is FREE to protest in any way he chooses. While many may not approve of his actions, this country is based on such freedom.
Glen Coffee made the BRAVE decision to serve his country at great personal expense. Rather than make millions and enjoy personal glory, he chose a different path from Mr. Kaepernick. A free county enables them both to take their respective actions.
Consider this: Instead of sitting on a bench in protest, get in the game and consider donating some of your millions to support those who have lost loved ones to gun violence or travel to a city like Dallas, dealing with clashes between the community and police, to help lead a discussion on how to improve their interactions.