Despite not being part for the National Football League this season, Colin Kaepernick has left a legacy in the game that should have died with his career.
It is likely that many players aren’t willing to pick up where he left off with his anti-American protesting, for sake of not tarnishing their reputation, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The preseason was kicked off with some of the players parking their backsides on the bench during the playing of National Anthem, as a way of showing disobedience against our country and our president.
Proud Americans waited to see whether the NFL will take action against these players before the season moves into high gear. Many people have hopes that the league commissioner will make them clear that this is a sport but not a place for politics, and the platform should be use for no other purpose except for showing respect for the country.
However, the Commissioner Roger Goodell took a different approach, and instead of reproaching the protesting players for their dishonoring sideline antics, he showed sympathy for them. He stated that American fans and onlookers should be “more understanding” of what they are trying to say with their protests.
Apparently, the head coach of Dallas Cowboys doesn’t approve the Commissioner’s apologetic approach and has different plans for these anti-American stars who make millions to play a game, but not negative political statements.
During a question-and-answer session at a training camp on Monday, Goodell was asked whether protesting players were going to cause problem this season, and he told ESPN, “It’s one of those things where we have to understand that there are people who have different viewpoints.
“It’s something that I think everybody wants,” Goodell added. “The national anthem is a special moment for me. It’s a point of pride. That is a really important moment but we also have to understand the other side – that people do have rights, and we want to respect those.”
Coach Jason Garret and his team decided to prove that the National Anthem is truly special to them by showing the other players what does a respect means.
When anti-American athletes take the field against Cowboys players, they are going to see what honoring our country looks like, since the team and their coach have always and will continue to stand for the anthem, which Garrett said is “sacred.”
In light of all the preseason protest debauchery, Garrett put it bluntly.
CBS News reports:
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett addressed his stance on national anthem protests at his daily press conference on Tuesday.
Garrett declined to answer multiple questions on the issue before saying, “there’s no question in my mind the National Anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred and our team has demonstrated that.”
This is the exact stance that every coach of every team should take since the NFL Commissioner refused to prioritize patriotism over the sport. The players, franchises, and the NFL as a whole make a lot of money for the massive public platform to be abused in this way.
It’s clear that the Dallas Cowboys is run by a real leader and it’s probably no coincidence that their franchise is one of the wealthiest and most respected in the league. Other teams should take note and run their operation like Garrett – with respect and honor for our flag and freedom and the real heroes who gave their life defending both.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion and can share it how they wish, there’s a time and a place to do so and a responsibility to impressionable fans who look up to you. Athletes are on the field to play a game and represent good sportsmanship to not only their team but as a citizen of this great nation that has afforded them the ability to make millions playing sports.
There’s a lot more that people can do with their time than sit around and give these players the attention they so desire with their “protests.” We’ll see how important this message is to these people when they arrive on Sunday to play in a practically empty stadium – but that won’t be the case for the Cowboys who will always have their fan base because of what they stand for.