Colin Kapernick: Friend or foe?

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.

Take pride, why don’t you?

As the Olympics get ready to come to an end down in Rio, I can’t help but think about all the athletes that are/were down there for the summer games.

Most, if not, all of these athletes were training for their moment for many years and while a lot of them may not come away with a medal, they  know that they still competed at the highest level and gave everything they could.

It seems like that a lot of times though, especially here in the United States, we can’t take pride in our athletes. Either because they shouldn’t be going to the games or we give so much criticism¬†towards them that we forget that they are human too. Most likely as well, they will have accomplished something greater than what you have and are proud to be an American.

Also, a lot of this has to deal with Social Media. As soon as a picture of someone is posted and it is about something great, we (as a nation) spin it and want to turn it negative and/or blast that person. What happened to being nice and most importantly, didn’t you learn that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? There are way too many negative people/posts that want to make a good story bad. It really angers me. Like, you have no idea.

If you are one of these people that can’t stand these people, then by all means, try and step into their shoes. You’ll see it is not that easy. I used to be a big runner, soccer, and hockey player myself, but you will never see me giving them or any Olympic athlete a hard time.

So the next time the Olympics, World Cup, or some other event is going on, think twice before giving your fellow countryman (or countrywoman) a hard time.