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Professional Athletes Not Standing For National Anthem. Is This Ok?

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Ava Gil, Staff Writer

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Over 100 players and coaches throughout the National Football League are kneeling and linking arms in solidarity, instead of standing during the national anthem. Others stayed in the locker rooms or skipped the national anthem. The NFL has the right to kneel and link arms but it may not be appropriate in some people’s perspective.

NFL players should at least be out on the field protesting silently, instead of staying in locker rooms or skipping the national anthem. Skipping the national anthem or staying in the locker rooms show absolutely no respect for the flag. But at least being on the field for the national anthem would be a better choice. These players have the right to freedom of speech, which makes these acts somewhat acceptable. It is also the player’s and their coach’s choice, to either stand or kneel/linking arms, during the national anthem. Yes, they may not be showing respect for the flag, but they are standing up for what they believe in, or what they believe is right. Although some people with relatives who may have served this country, look at this as a wrong and disrespectful decision.

President Trump tweeted, “Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable.” Standing with locked arms is representing the same thing as kneeling during the national anthem. The teammates who are linking arms are supporting their teammates who are kneeling. I’m not sure how President Trump is seeing this situation in terms of what each act represents. President Trump also tweeted, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” Taking a knee or linking arms has started with a few people, then spread throughout many different teams. If the NFL fires the players who take a knee or link arms, they aren’t going to have a lot of players overall. Some NFL fans seem unhappy about the team’s decision, and some fans think it is appropriate because they are taking a stand in what the believe in.

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  1. Jason Kurtenbach on October 13th, 2017 1:32 pm

    I’m curious as to what our student body and staff think about this issue. Is kneeling considered speech? If so, should it be protected? If so, who should it be protected from?

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