Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem continues – and so does the backlash. ESPN has been suffered from a decline in those watching the NFL – and many cite Kaepernick as the reason.
Liberals are pointing out (correctly) that Kaepernick is simply exercising his freedom of speech. Of course, that doesn’t mean speech without consequences. Those protesting the NFL are merely exercising their free speech as well – and voting with their dollars too.
The man has been booed countless times on the field, the most recent notable case being in Miami after he praised Fidel Castro, who died the day after his praise. But this time it wasn’t on the field he was being mocked – it was in memorial of Pearl Harbor.
As the New York Daily News reported:
During the 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration ceremony, decorated U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris took a shot at San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his controversial kneeling during the national anthem.
Harris said, “You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played.”
Harris also added, “Hearing the words, ‘The land of the free and home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day. But today, on December 7, it takes on extraordinary significance.”
And he got the standing ovation he deserved for those remarks.
In a since-deleted tweet and Facebook post, the Department of Defense promoted Adm. Harris’ comments, quoting him and attaching a video of the moment.
Reactions to Adm. Harris’ remarks have been a mixed bag: A lot of people congratulated the decorated Admiral on his patriotism, while others expressed concern that he chose such a moment to take a knock at Kaepernick’s self-described protest for civil rights. Luckily, I think most of us realize that Kaepernick isn’t concerned with civil rights at all. If he was, he wouldn’t go to press conferences sporting a t-shirt with a murderous tyrant on it.