By Ken Reed
Okay, this is getting out of hand.
Now, two police unions in South Florida are urging members to boycott Miami Dolphins football games because some Dolphins players continue to protest police brutality and social injustice during the national anthem.
“It’s a slap in the face,” said Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin.
“We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. It’s not just a slap in the face to our military — past and present — but to all law enforcement officers across the country.”
Hey people! The NFL players aren’t protesting against the military or law enforcement officers. They’ve stressed that from the start.
From the beginning, Colin Kaepernick and his peers have called for the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom and justice for all. It has nothing to do with the military, veterans, or the anthem itself. Kaepernick’s goal when he began to kneel during the national anthem was to simply urge our country to live up to the core principles that our military men and women have fought for through the years.
“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” said Kaepernick.
“I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening.”
Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, recently nailed this whole situation regarding the NFL player protests.
“I don’t know how many times we can say, as a player and as a group, how much we love and support and appreciate the troops, and the opportunities this country allows us,” said Rodgers.
“But this is about equality and something bigger than ourselves, and bringing people together, and love and connectedness and equality and social justice, and putting a light on people who deserve to have the attention for their causes and their difficult situations that they’re in. You know, people have their opinion — you shouldn’t do it during the anthem, you shouldn’t do it during this — that’s fine. But let’s not take away from what the real issue is.”
Exactly Mr, Rodgers.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
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