Music legend Kid Rock continues to wade into major political debates as he tests the waters for a Senate run in Michigan.
In a recent expletive-filled post on Facebook (warning: post contains coarse language), Kid Rock blasted disgraced footballer Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem. “F**k ANYONE who takes a knee or sits during our national anthem!” The rock star aired his grievances on the first Sunday of the NFL regular season.
During the 2016 NFL preseason, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest the Star Spangled Banner, and the country it represents. Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season, and he has not been picked up by another team due to his poor performance on the field.
Kid Rock clarified that Kaepernick is not being punished for his political posturing. “Pretty sure if Russell Wilson or Tom Brady were doing it they would have no problem finding a job playing for any team they wanted in the NFL! So cut the bulls**t!” Rock stated.
Players from other teams, however, have taken up the mantle of rabble-rouser, and continue to protest the national anthem before kickoff.
Before the start of their first regular season game, multiple players for the New York Jets decided to protest the national anthem. “Michael Bennett sits for the national anthem while his brother Martellus stands with a fist in the air on the other sideline,” reported Sports Illustrated on Twitter.
Michael Bennett recently became wrapped up in his own racial profiling incident after he accused the Las Vegas police department of targeting him because of his race. According to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Michael Bennett was arrested by two Hispanic officers who thought he was acting suspiciously. The officers were responding to reports of an active shooter at The Cromwell hotel, according to the The International Business Times.
When Colin Kaepernick launched his protest last year, he stated it was because he lacked pride in his country. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told reporters for the NFL. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”
Poor Colin Kaepernick can’t find a job. Our professional athletes are role models. Should these well-paid role models show respect for the flag?
However, Cleveland Browns legend and civil rights leader, Jim Brown, took issue with Kaepernick’s approach. “I want to be in his corner, and I do think, ‘God bless him,'” The retired footballer said of Kaepernick, according to USA Today.
“I’m going to give you the real deal,” Brown continued. “I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Brown explained that Kaepernick is only courting controversy, adding that antics don’t promote change. “If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you standing or sitting on one knee,” Brown suggests.