Before I get started, I would like to let you know that this post will view both sides of the coin and not just one.
You hear the Star Spangled Banner, what do you do? For most people, they will remove their hat, place their hand over their heart (or salute), and either sing or hum it to themselves.
On Friday night, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kapernick refused to stand up for the playing of the national anthem. After he did this, it caused a huge uproar on social media and throughout the sports world. However, the National Football League released a statement in saying that it is not required for its players to stand during it.
Now what do I think of this?
The American and Patriot in me says what he did was absolutely wrong and he should be ashamed for his actions. I don’t care who you are and what you believe in, you should stand for the National Anthem because it is paying respect for those that died for the flag.
The other side of me says he has every right not to stand. It is not required to stand (like the league says) at every event and he is expressing his Free Speech/1st Amendment right. Shoot, I know people who don’t even stand for it and I normally don’t care.
Before you give him a hard time, think about it. Think about everything you don’t like. Just like him, you have an opinion too. It may not be the most popular one, but it is one.
Remember, this blog is unbiased and all opinions are solely of me and no one else.