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NFL Kneeling Controversy

Kaylea Herrman

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There has been a lot of controversy lately over protesting during the National Anthem.  President Donald Trump has gotten involved and may people didn’t like what he had to say.  President tweeted: “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during the National Anthem!”.

The protesting first started when Jackie Robinson did this in baseball of the year 1972, but most people think Colin Kaepernick first started this during the 2016-2017 football season.  The protesting that started back up again in the year of 2016 was meant to get a point across that people of color are still being treated unfairly in America.  Many who protested for this in some way include: Eric Reid, Brandon Marshall, Jurrell Casey, Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Marcus Peters, Colin Kaepernick, and many more.

In my opinion I think we should meet in the middle in some way to satisfy both sides of the argument.  It seems that the Dallas Cowboys have found that way, Monday the 25th prior to the anthem they knelt and locked arms including their owner, when the time came for the anthem they stood.

 I think that these people have a right to protest however, I don’t think that time should be during the anthem.  When sports fans come to a game they want to sit back and watch some good quality football, not deal with controversy and protesting that we already have to deal with in our daily lives. When there are soldiers out there fighting for our country it seems disrespectful in my opinion to do this. Kneeling before the anthem seems like a good compromise to make and still sends the message they want to send.    

 

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