The NFL came into the limelight several months ago for players kneeling and sitting during the national anthem. Those protesting it said they were doing it to recognize the inequality and injustice that African Americans face in the United States. The movement was started by Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. But Buffalo Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has a different perspective on the whole thing.
He is a 23 year old offensive tackle and he was also just sworn in as a American citizen. He refused to sit down or kneel down for the anthem. He said,
“My father still tells stories of running away from the violence, hiding out in the woods, his baby sister on his back. He lived in a far different world.”
Kouandjio told 33 people at his citizenship ceremony this that took place in a courtroom in downtown Buffalo. He insisted their is no way he could not stand for the national anthem as it would be an insult to all the hardship he and his family faced trying to get to the United States.
“I can’t kneel during the anthem. I don’t blame Colin Kaepernick for doing what he did. But for me, I have too much respect for a flag and anthem that represent freedom and liberty.”
Throughout the ceremony he led the other people taking their oath in the pledge of allegiance and then walked around the courtroom congratulating the others on their new found citizenship.
Furthermore, he said that while he did not vote for him he accepts President Elect Donald Trump as the new president and that he cannot wait to vote in 2020. This is exactly the type of person we want in our country. One that has respect for our laws and traditions and respects what we represent and stand for.