Politics Serving Biggest Hits on the Gridiron

In the first month of the NFL season politics has been hitting harder than even the largest of linemen in stadiums all over the country.

Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then San Fransisco 49ers starting quarterback, turned heads when he kneeled for the national anthem before a game.

kaepernick kneeling

In an article published by The Atlantic, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Since then many other players have joined in, and the kneeling protests continue.  This has not make President Donald Trump very happy. Saying it would be great if teams fired players, even calling them “sons of bitches.”

This only added fuel to the fire and even more players started kneeling and locking arms in solidarity.

This Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a game in Indianapolis where the Colts played the San Fransisco 49ers. Pence went to watch star quarterback Peyton Manning’s jersey get retired, but left after the anthem because of the kneeling players.

He also had a thread of tweets that included a statement about why he decided to protest a protest.

Trump later tweeted out his support for Pence’s actions.

The tweets seem to have no effect on the players and the cause they are supporting, and surely the kneeling will continue next Sunday.

players kneeling

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