Tolerance and open mindedness is a one way street with liberals. They expect it but they never give it.
The controversy involving the national anthem and Colin Kaepernick is a perfect example. While he is put on a pedestal and treated like a hero anyone who speaks out against him is criticized and derided. For example, Seattle Mariner catcher Steve Clevenger spoke out against President Obama and Black Lives Mater. As is his constitutional right to free speech and free expression.
But unlike Colin Kaepernick he was punished for doing something perfectly legal. He’s been suspended! After the disgusting and vile riots in Charlotte, North Carolina that stemmed from the death of an African American man at the hands of a female police officer Clevenger tweeted the following,
“BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
He also tweeted,
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!”
— X (@XLNB) September 23, 2016
On Friday the Mariners team announced he would be suspended without pay for his actions on Twitter and his comments. ESPN reporter Darren Rovell noted that means he will lose out on his $30,000 salary.
$33,868: Money Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger will lose as a result of his tweeting. Team suspended him for rest of season without pay.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 23, 2016
After the announcement he released a statement of apology.
“First and foremost I would like to apologize to the Seattle Mariners, my teammates, my family and the fans of our great game for the distraction my tweets on my personal twitter page caused when they went public earlier today. I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms.
My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel. “I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, a city I love to this very day. I grew up in a very culturally diverse area of America and I am very proud to come from there. I am also proud that my inner circle of friends has never been defined by race but by the content of their character. Any former teammate or anyone who has met me can attest to this and I pride myself on not being a judgmental person. I just ask that the public not judge me because of an ill worded tweet.
“I do believe that supporting our First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive. With everything going on in the world I really just want what is best for everyone regardless of who they are. I like many Americans are frustrated by a lot of things in the world and I would like to be a part of the dialogue moving forward to make this a better world for everyone. “I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting. Thank you and God bless everyone.”
This is quite the double standard people have here. While what Kaepernick is doing is disgraceful it is well within his rights and he hasn’t been negatively effect by it in the sense that he still has his job and his money. Yet, when someone speaks against what he is doing who had a more conservative viewpoint they are punished. Then he is forced into a nonsense ungenuine apology he clearly doesn’t mean but is forced to give in order to have the chance to play next season.
That is the real travesty of injustice. That is what is unfair and oppressive. That is liberal logic.