The NFL national anthem protests have made waves in the sports world and triggered a number of other responses both for and against the protests.
According to the Daily Caller, one surprising response came during the opening of the President’s Cup golf tournament on Thursday. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were all seen standing with hands over hearts in respect for the national anthem.
The New York Times reported that players in the NFL had a variety of reasons for why they participated in the protests. Some did it to raise awareness for supposed racial injustices in the US, others to show support for fellow teammates, and others simply did it to oppose Trump.
Tight end for the Miami Dolphins, Julius Thomas, cited this last reason for his participation. “To have the president trying to intimidate people – I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that. I’m not OK with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”
Strangely enough, some teams felt that boycotting the national anthem would somehow show unity and respect for their country. The Seattle Seahawks said on their official Twitter page, “As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.”
Yet it seems the former presidents of our country are in disagreement with the NFL protesters, given the respect shown during the national anthem at the tournament. Even President Obama, who has shown support for liberal agendas such as racial injustice in the US and is a strong advocate for opposing Trump, didn’t disrespect the flag to show support for the NFL players.
Many in attendance also showed their respect, according to a golf announcer covering the event. “Everyone around obviously stopped for a moment to honor our country. The national anthem in sports has been in the news… it rarely gets played at golf events.”
He went on to say that the US captain in attendance expected everyone to show their respect. “The [US] captain indicated that no protest of any kind would happen here. The players stopped their warm-up routine, hats off, hands on heart, national anthem sung.”
It’s encouraging to see that former presidents still have patriotism and respect for our country despite whatever ideologies or agendas they may have or promoted during their time in office.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were all seen standing with hands over hearts in respect for the national anthem. Should the NFL emulate these leaders?
It’s also sad to see that NFL players have degenerated to disrespecting the national anthem and everything it stands for as an immature way of saying Trump can’t tell them what to do. For many players who protested during the weekend, kneeling during the national anthem isn’t about racial injustice anymore, it’s simply a way to be rebellious.
It’s also baffling that many believe they still are patriotic and have respect for their country and its military when they tarnish the very ceremony meant to honor them.
Hopefully, these NFL protesters will see the continued respect displayed by our former presidents for the national anthem and cease their childish antics.