“I’m going to be out there standing up”, he said. I don’t like it but I understand it.
Carroll mentioned empathy, which is a word Baldwin points to often when discussing a number of real-world topics, including the work he has been doing in trying to build a bridge between law enforcement and the communities they serve. They’re trying to protect the shield. That’s the reason why we took a knee. “That was the symbol of what was going on”.
USA president Donald Trump may be a bust when it comes to battling the Washington D.C. swamp on spending, but he’s 1-0 against the National Football League (NFL) in America’s ongoing culture wars.
But the NBA has a national anthem policy as well, which requires players, coaches and trainers to “stand and line up in a dignified posture” during the performance.
Kaepernick, who most everyone recognizes as the player who started protesting during the national anthem in 2016 and who hasn’t been able to get a job since he opted out of his contact with the 49ers in May 2017, has weighed in on Twitter through Geragos. Instead, the league seemed to muddle the divisive issue even more with a new policy that stirred up defenders of free speech, prompted a couple of owners to quickly backtrack and raised all sorts of potential questions heading into next season. Our leadership in the National Basketball Association understands when the NFL players were kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality.
A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. The team can then discipline the player as it sees fit. “To come up with a rule, I didn’t think – I think it was pretty much over with”.
Stevenson says the decision was made to stop showing NFL games after players across the league began kneeling and doing other forms of protests during the national anthem. As a veteran, I’m sick of people using us and those who are now serving as political pawns to further their own agenda.
Many players pushed back, unwilling to go along with their freedom of speech and peaceful-protest rights being squashed like a bug under someone’s shoe. That’s not how things should work, in my opinion.
Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) and free safety Darian Stewart (26) react along with teammates during the American national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“We promote them as our role models and as a role model you need to make a stand for what is wrong and they feel like they are making a stand for what is wrong”, said Brian Timmerman, who doesn’t support the new policy. “Yeah, they can still pout in the locker room to their heart’s content, but at least we proud Americans don’t have to watch them disrespect our country on the field anymore”.
The NBA has been more tolerant and encouraging of its players speaking out against social injustices and ills. “I thought we were on a good track, and saying that we would be working toward the things we wanted to see”. “Now it’s this. And I put myself in that position”. The leadership that we have on this team, the communication we have in this building, I just don’t expect us to have an issue with this. It’s not very empathetic, it’s not very American-like, actually to me.
“But it’s tough for me to not be that because of my past”.