The world of sports is no longer fun and games, it’s now just another political platform with a lot of eyes on it. The NFL, as well as the NBA, have been making political stands (or rather sits) left and right. The players are protesting the country that’s given them their cushy lifestyle, in favor of the ANTIFA and other destructive groups. While there’s no doubt that they feel they’re doing something constructive, we’ve yet to see what good protesting the National Anthem of your country is going to do when it’s your country that you want to change.
The players who are participating in this seem more concerned with rebelling against any possible appearance of respect than they are looking to stand up for someone. It seems to be all about standing up to “the man” and making sure people are watching you. That’s all well and good, except for when your lively hood hinges on “the man” buying tickets to your games and jerseys from the online store. It’s even more frustrating to see those who have been brainwashed into believing that their brothers on the team are actually doing good, and letting their ethnic guilt get the best of them and supporting this ridiculousness.
This seems to be the case with Cleveland Brown’s tight end, Seth DeValve who’s decided to join his black teammates in disrespecting the nation that has given them so much. BET reported on this supposedly “brave” action by DeValve.
“Over the past few days, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt, both white NFL players, supported their respective Black teammates protesting during the national anthem by draping an arm over their shoulders. Neither Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr nor his defensive end teammate Khalil Mack protested during the national anthem, but Carr, too, wrapped his arm around Mack’s shoulder, in this case promoting racial solidarity.
That being said, none of the aforementioned white players protested themselves. But that changed last night during Monday Night Football preseason action between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
Upwards of 12 Browns players knelt in a circle and prayed, while others stood with them in silent protest during the national anthem before the game. One of those players kneeling was the Browns’ white tight end, Seth DeValve, who explained his stance after the game last night.
‘We took the opportunity to pray for our country and for the men and women in this country during that time,’ DeValve said, as reported by Cleveland.com. ‘The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change.’
And it hits home with DeValve for another reason as well. The 24-year-old is married to a Black woman.
‘I myself will be raising children that don’t look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now,’ DeValve continued.
He further explained how the kneeling prayer in a circle during the anthem came about.
‘Just the other day, guys started to talk about it,’ DeValve said. ‘We should come up with something that we can do and try to get as many people involved to show that we support [Eagles safety] Malcolm Jenkins, [Seahawks defensive end] Michael Bennett, other guys around the league that are trying to use their platform and also doing things in the community to try to help and show we all want to try to come together as a nation and do better for ourselves.’
Last week, it was Bennett who called on white players to get involved, saying, it ‘would change the whole conversation.’
It seems like players such as Long, Bennett’s teammate Britt, Carr and most recently DeValve heard that call loud and clear.”
DeValve’s heart might be in the right place, but his actions speak louder than any words he can say. His disrespect for the nation that gives him, his wife and children the same rights as everyone else in the world says that he doesn’t understand what would be going on around the world. The United States might have done some objectionable things in the past, but correcting those mistakes and rallying around what is right is what makes us who we are now.
I too care about many people of diverse ethnicity, and I’ve not heard from any of them that they support ANTIFA, and we’re all well aware that black lives matter. Being a part of a domestic terrorist organization isn’t the way to fix racism, in fact, it seems to be only fanning the flames.
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