Over the weekend, many NFL players showed their true colors as craven cowards who complain about discrimination while raking in millions. A few players, however, have shown a lot of class during this tough time.
One of those players was Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. On his Twitter account, Clinton-Dix showed that he had written the names of two fallen police officers on his cleats. “Added 2 more angels to my cleats in respect to families who loss Two HEROS in the community.
#SAMHOWARD #MATTHEWBAXTER #RIP,” Clinton-Dix wrote.
Back in August (when Clinton-Dix first tweeted out the image), Sam Howard and his partner Officer Matthew Baxter, 27, were ambushed by a gunman in Kissimmee, Florida. Howard, a ten-year veteran, ultimately died of his injuries. Baxter was killed at the scene.
The gunman was 45-year-old Everett Miller. Miller was a former member of the US Marine Corps whose social media accounts were full of anti-police hatred. In one live video made before the shooting, Miller was recorded as saying: “No cop is going to get Glenn Miller today,” and “if this cop comes out with his gun, I’m going to shoot me a cop.”
Judging by Miller’s social media accounts, his political ideology is not entirely dissimilar from Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback that started the entire anthem protest trend.
For all of the racism that these players constantly decry, it bears acknowledging that both the shooter and the dead police officers, in this case, were black.
The class Clinton-Dix showed in August was joined by the bravery of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva during this past Sunday’s games. While the rest of his team stayed off the field during the playing of the national anthem, Villanueva, a decorated former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, stood proudly for the National Anthem with his hand over his heart.
The American public has responded to Villanueva’s act by making his jersey the top-selling item of NFL gear.
Amazingly, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin publicly criticized Villanueva for taking his standing: “Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.” In sum, Tomlin believes that Villanueva should be more loyal to his teammates than to the country that he served.
Villanueva has apologized for his actions and has claimed that he did not intend to make Tomlin look bad. “Unfortunately I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally. Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself I feel embarrassed,” Villanueva said.
One NFL star honors fallen cops, while others disrespect the flag. Are these protesting, 1%-ers hypocrites?
This is a perfect example of how upside-down American culture has become. Rather than the spoiled brats who took a knee on foreign soil, it is the veteran who has publicly apologized for his actions, all because his superiors could compromise his career because of his loyalty to his nation.
More and more Americans are waking up to the ridiculousness it all. Many are promising to boycott the NFL until the protests stop. It seems that a majority of Americans agree with President Trump’s stance on the protests too.
Unless something changes, the NFL is in for a day of reckoning.