With two Monday night football games falling on the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, there was the question as to who would pick this important day to protest during the pre-game National Anthem. Fans waited to see which player(s) from any of the four teams heading to the field last night would take a knee or do anything disrespectful.
Just when it was thought that both games went off without a statement, it was later found out that there was one player who sent a very specific message to victims and the country on Sunday night, right before Americans remembered September 11 on Monday. Now the Wide Receiver for the Detroit Lions could pay a huge price for what he did at the special game last night.
Colin Kaepernick’s disgusting statements have outlasted his career and carried over into this season with a vengeance. At just about every game, there’s an entitled player who sits out for the anthem to look like a social justice hero. Thanks to what this now unemployable former football started, Americans just wanting to relax and watch football now can’t do so without an anti-American message with almost every game.
This ridiculous trend has led to many fans boycotting the NFL, especially after the league commissioner came out in support of players protesting. However, despite all of the negative attention entitled players have called to the sport, there are a few who are being ignored for all of the wrong reasons and it’s easy to see why the Lions’ Golden Tate didn’t get any air time for what he did during the Sunday night game, the day before the 9/11 anniversary, but may still be fined for it.
Those who watched football last night did so with a keen eye on the sidelines for who was going to take the disrespectful protest to the next level around this particular day. While everyone seemed to stay on their feet for the anthem, there was no attention put on one thing in particular that Tate wore to this game. It needs to be seen in a season of this sport where patriotism and respect seem to have been lost.
The brave wide receiver took the opportunity of playing around this momentous time, to pay his respects to all the Americans who lost their lives to terrorism sixteen years ago.
The Daily Caller reports:
Tate posted a photo of his game-day cleats on Instagram early Sunday morning. The cleats show the iconic image of three fire fighters raising the American flag over the rubble. The shoes also read, “Land of the free because of the brave.”
He captioned the photo in part, “9/11 first responders. Real life Super Hero’s. Thank you for your sacrifice!
Countless first responders also rushed to the deadly scenes and did their best to save as many lives as possible. Clearly, Tate isn’t going to let the memory of those heroes disappear.
Perhaps not surprising was the complete lack of coverage of this incredible sentiment, especially compared to every player who has protested so far. Had Tate not shared his tribute and a photo of these awesome cleats he wore on social media, his tribute would have been in silence since cameras at the game didn’t show what he was wearing.
This avoidance of exposure of this detail could also be because NFL players face fines for altering their uniform. This was $6,000 cost that this brave player was prepared to take on to show his respects to victims in this special way. It’s really sad that the NFL could or would potentially punish a player for something like this, but not for sitting out the anthem.
This isn’t the first time Tate has made a surprising post on Instagram that was counter to the trend in professional sports. What makes Tate extra unique and one of the most valuable players in conservatives’ book, is that he, as a black athlete, openly supports our president.
Rather than receiving congratulations from his fans after his wedding, Tate found himself fielding death threats from furious liberals who saw a snapshot taken from his honeymoon.
According to Complex, after Tate tied the knot, he was enjoying some tee time with his wife looking like the picture of patriotism in their red MAGA hats and him also in Pabst beer shorts.
Some seemed to see his attire and the fact that he was spending time at one of President Trump’s resorts, as a contradiction to his race – especially in addition to him having married a blonde white girl. Everyone on Twitter began calling for him “to go” over his fashion statement.
It’s good to see that this barrage of hate from almost a year ago didn’t get him down or prevent him from coming out with another statement in what he wore, that’s counter to the NFL culture this season.
“Colin Kaepernick should be taking notes from Tate on how to properly show respect and honor for one’s country and the people who sacrifice more than we could ever imagine to protect our way of life and our right to liberty,” Michael Cantrell reported for Allen B. West.
The NFL is facing some major backlash now from both sides of the political aisle, which they had coming. Conservatives are rightfully irate that players are allowed to openly disrespect the flag and liberals are accusing the league of being “racist” for not giving Kaepernick his job back. This is the end result of letting politics mix with sports when they should have stopped the protesting from the start.