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The President Takes a Stance on Athletes Taking a Knee; Players and Owners Respond!

There was a time when the separation of sport and state had a unwritten line in the sand. Athletes typically leave their political views off the field and elected officials would not impart rhetoric on sports. Well, like many other things about the 45th US President, things are not as they once were. With the very recent events of things like the police altercation with Michael Bennett, and ESPN’s attempt to replace Jamele Hill after her remarks about the President, sports and politics are crossing lines in ways we have not seen in recent years.

In a response to NFL players deciding to protest the violence and injustices against people of color, the President decided to give his 2 cents on the matter. Many of us in the sports world feel as though he could have kept that change. In a press conference on Friday evening, in a seemingly unprovoked manner, the current President stated “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

(AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)

Mind you, this is the same person that sensationalized the violence in South Carolina, and made sure to point out the good in those looking to invoke hate.

Not ready to give up on his immature show of emotions, this same supposed leader decided to revoke the Golden State Warriors’ invitation to the White House on Saturday morning. Upset that MVP Point Guard, Steph Curry and the team hadn’t responded to his invitation, a twitter rant obviously ensued. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”.

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Wasting no time, fellow NBA All-star MVP Lebron James quickly jumped to Curry’s defense tweeting, “U bum he already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up.”

The disdain for for the White House’s stance on professional athletes protesting the National Anthem didn’t end there. Over the weekend, countless players, coaches, and even some owners stood, knelt, locked arms, or created other bonds of solidarity during the National Anthem in response to the unsavory remarks aimed at them.

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Sep 24, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) kneels during the national anthem as right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his shoulder before a game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

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The American Flag, The National Anthem and what they represent to the side for a moment, the plain fact is that some man got on live TV and called a large group of men “Sons of bitches” and they responded, peacefully. That alone should show growth and strength because where I’m from if you called 3 of us a son of a bitch you probably wouldn’t be calling anyone, ever. Let alone close to 1000 of us. But, I guess in that case we’d be no different than the ignorant Alt-right idiots in Charlottesville.

Whether you agree with the players decision to sit-out, kneel, hold up a fist, or otherwise protest the National Anthem or not, I don’t think anyone can condone the leader of the free world lashing out at AMERICANS EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH! Maybe Mr. “Im still mad about my failed sports business” is salty he doesn’t have an NFL team, who knows?

Now, back to the issue at hand.The spotlight is now on those protesting. How long does this go on? Was this a one-weekend thing? Are they ready to take this the remaining 13 weeks? What do we do with this new found attention? Activate people? Get elected officials out? End racism?

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, Jerry Jones on his knees as a “fuck you” to Donald Trump is easily the best picture I will see all week.

Sep 25, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneels with players prior to the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-358890 ORIG FILE ID: 20170925_szo_aa9_362.JPG

Note: This article was completed prior to the President responding to Dallas’ moment of solidarity on Monday Night Football, his response was as childish as usual:

Featured image credit: Sports Illustrated

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