The opening weekend for the National Football League’s preseason started out with a reminder that although anti-American Colin Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL, his disrespectful legacy is here to stay.
Now into week two of the season, more players are coming out of the woodwork to make themselves relevant with this cause. While some athletes are taking the opposite approach by going above and beyond to prove their patriotism, respect, and love for the sport and their fellow Americans, this seems to have triggered a nasty response in at least one player this past weekend.
The competition in this game is strong but not just for scoring the most football points. Professional players seem to be upping the ante to outdo the others who have shown their disdain for the country that has allowed them the opportunity to become rich and famous.
Simply kneeling for the National Anthem doesn’t seem to be enough for some who want to build their name and reputation on their own personal show of disrespect.
Players claim that their actions against the anthem aren’t to show divisiveness but to prove a point that they want unity. This is not true since the protests perpetuate the problem and is not productive in accomplishing this supposed goal. Proving this to be the case is what Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson did when he saw two teammates on the opposite side of the field hugging out their racial differences during the anthem.
Proving this to be the case is what Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson did when he saw two teammates on the opposite side of the field hugging out their racial differences during the anthem.
Jefferson had an unusual reaction to seeing what he positively described of the hug as being “togetherness on their team between different races, different people.” A black guy and a white guy hugging during our nation’s anthem seems like the goal, right? Jefferson even said he was inspired by it. If so, then it’s a strange reaction to respond to the scene with a raised fist in defiance, which is what Jefferson did.
This fist is the symbol used by Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers – both violent, anti-white groups.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
The sight of defensive end Chris Long putting his arm around Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthem inspired Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson to make his own statement.
Jefferson raised his fist in what he called a silent, peaceful gesture protesting racial inequality before the Bills’ preseason game at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
“It gave me some courage,” Jefferson said Sunday, referring to seeing Long support Jenkins, who stood with a raised fist. “Just seeing that togetherness on their team between different races, different people, I felt like that’s all I wanted. I wanted togetherness to build awareness for that.”
If Jefferson really meant what he said about the hug then why did he contradict his verbal statements with a defiant gesture. At least he didn’t sit out kneel, but the raised fist is still a defiant symbol. If he was truly inspired, then the natural thing to do would be to hug a white player on his team like the Eagles teammates were doing.
That’s togetherness and a true show of respect for other races and a difference of opinion. Rather than calling attention to this awesome and unusual moment between the Eagles, Jefferson took the attention from them and put it back on the protest.
Jefferson even acknowledges that fact but justified it.
“It was important to me because I felt in my spirit, in my heart, that I had to take a stand for myself,” the 25-year-old Jefferson said. “I did it peacefully. I did it quietly. I didn’t want to be a distraction to the team,” he said, according to SacBee.The coach for the Bills, Sean McDermott, defended Jefferson’s stance even though it came with a lot of mixed responses on social media.
The coach for the Bills, Sean McDermott, defended Jefferson’s stance even though it came with a lot of mixed responses on social media.
“I think the key word here is respect,” McDermott said. “We respect Cam’s opinion. We respect and acknowledge what’s going on. When a player, or anyone, in this case, takes an initiative to make a stand for something, if it’s ethical, I want them to know that I’m going to support them and we’re going to support them.”
Apparently, McDermott thinks that Americans need to respect Jefferson for his opinion, but he doesn’t have to respect others when he throws his fist in the air during the anthem.