The NFL is now at the epicenter of the culture war. A backlash against traditional American culture is taking the shape of mass protests by NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. Even though this National Anthem madness caught almost every player and owner in the NFL, one owner still changed his mind and decided to stop their players for kneeling during the anthem.
After Miami Dolphins players refused to stand for the national anthem again this past Sunday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has changed his view of how that time before NFL games should be handled. According to t him, President Donald Trump has changed the meaning of what it means to protest at that time.
“Trump has made [standing for anthem] about patriotism,” Ross said before the Dolphins game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. “It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at to look at [the protest] differently.”
“It’s a different dialogue today. Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different. [The President] has changed that whole paradigm of what protest is.”
He added: “I think it’s incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to stand and salute the flag.”
Ross said he sees sports as a way of uniting and spreading a message of togetherness, especially with the youth.
“Right now [with] these kids you want understanding, that we really have to get out into the white community and have them accept the fact this isn’t about all black kids and the protest they have,” Ross said.
Coach Adam Gase implemented a policy Sunday requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Those who don’t wish to stand must stay in the locker room or in the tunnel.
I think it may be past that now. They’ve already shown how they feel about the flag, the anthem, and the country. We can’t un-see that. I’m not saying they should never be forgiven, but I think we are going to need some heartfelt apologies.
Even though Stephen Ross did a nice gesture, still it is so sad you have to make players stand for our National Anthem! You should never have to “buy” respect for the flag and patriotism. Forcing them to stand for the National Anthem won’t do. That does not mean they are sincere!
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