The NFL has been in hot water ever since Colin Kaepernick decided he was going to protest the national anthem last season. Since that time, coaches and players for many teams have spoken out against this kind of behavior.
According to CBS Local, the Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is the latest person to step up and give his stance on the protesters. “There’s no question in my mind, the National Anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred, and our team has demonstrated that,” Garrett stated. His response came following his refusal to answer multiple questions during a press conference on Tuesday.
The Dallas Cowboys have shown that they have pride for their country. Everyone on the team has always stood during the National Anthem, despite what some players from other teams have done.
Kaepernick sat during the national anthem during a preseason game last season. This was the first move that sparked an entire protest of faux outrage by multi-millionaire football players, and it’s still taking place.
The former 49ers player cited multiple reasons for sitting out the song, which is played at games to show respect to our country. Kaepernick said that he was protesting because of racial injustice, and police brutality. It was never really clear why he thought this was a good idea.
Oddly enough, Kaepernick said, “I’m not anti-American. I love America.” If he loves America, then what is the point of sitting out the national anthem? How does sitting down “protesting” against racial injustice?
It seems that Coach Garrett understands that there is no reason to “protest” during a football game. This is not meant to be a big political statement — the players are there to play the game for fans who love the sport, not to make political statements.
Politics has gripped every aspect of our lives. Football is meant to be an escape. It is something that people can enjoy, and something politics doesn’t have to play a part in.
There are people who are still undecided as to whether or not Kaepernick should even be in the NFL at this point. First, there is nothing that “entitles” a person to that job. If they have it, good. If not, nothing can be done.
Secondly, Kaepernick walked out on his contract with the 49ers. He had a cushy job where he could have continued playing for San Francisco, and he chose to leave early. He is the reason he doesn’t have a job right now.
In reality, he was just a mediocre quarterback with too much baggage who quit his last position. Those three things are a recipe for disaster, and it is no surprise that he doesn’t have a job.
Garrett understands the value of his players, but he also understands the value of his country and flag. You have to focus on the game, and not every political facet of every player. Respect the country, flag, and military, stand during the National Anthem, then play some football!