Last week, Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks, stated he would not dine with West Point cadets even though the team trains there. He cites being anti-war as his reason. Very lame and very, very disrespectful.
Well, the cadets have their own opinions about all of this. Nick Palmisciano, a West Point grad, Army veteran and captain, nailed it when he said it just makes his eyes role. It is a self-serving opportunity for someone to grand stand and call attention to themselves and that is exactly what Noah did. He wanted attention just as Colin Kaepernick did. Noah knows nothing about the military and has no idea how they stand between his sorry hide and the bad guys continuously.
From the Independent Review Journal:
While some NFL players are still protesting during the national anthem, in the NBA — New York Knick Joakim Noah has sparked controversy for a whole different reason.
On Thursday, Noah chose to skip a dinner at West Point with military cadets, the same venue where the Knicks have held their training camp for a number of years. However, like Kaepernick, he decided to use the headline-grabbing decision to make a political point.
“It’s hard for me a little bit. I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world.
So I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
Noah judged the whole military on a preconceived, spoon-fed version of what it is. It’s the very same thing as passing judgement on all police officers because of one bad call, or calling all black people criminals because of a statistic. Palmisciano is also right when he says, “As soon as you start generalizing people, their motives, their beliefs, you are part of the problem.”
Noah has a right to do as he sees fit and so does his coach. Most of America supports the military and the police and none of this will affect what they do at all. It’s just a shame that a famous athlete takes center stage to speak against American heroes and a country that made him wealthy in the first place. They don’t live in reality and they just don’t get what it means to be an American.