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Tonight the Denver Broncos’ Brandon Marshall refused to stand for The Star Spangled Banner, presumably because he believes that America is a racist nation in which the police deliberately, relentlessly oppress Marshall and others like him. He is following the San Francisco Forty-Niners’ Colin Kaepernick’s example. Marshall is yet another very, very rich angry black man who by all appearances hates the nation that afforded him the opportunities to succeed and prosper he’s enjoyed and capitalized on.
The race-hatred cancer is spreading, because the NFL owners will not take a firm stand on player behavior and decorum on the field. Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick are extremely wealthy men.
This Star Spangled Banner “protest” stuff is not a First Amendment issue. Every NFL team is a privately owned entertainment business. These spoiled rotten angry rich black men are on their employers’ time and payroll when they’re on the field in that uniform. The NFL owners have every right to demand specific decorum from their employees – and to show them the door if they refuse.
But the NFL owners are cowards. They have their head coaches make mealy-mouthed sounds into the media microphones about individual conscience. Here’s a question for the NFL owners. Who buys the tickets at outrageously high prices to get into your publicly funded stadiums for a few hours’ entertainment on Sunday afternoons?
How far will this disease metastasize?
I have an idea. Let’s really get this America-hatred ball rolling. Perhaps all of the NFL players – black, white, brown, yellow – should refuse en masse to honor the long tradition of standing for The Star Spangled Banner before each game. Sit down or kneel. I don’t care how you do it.
And we should all turn off our television sets and radios when it’s game time.
They can all follow their consciences straight to the unemployment lines.
Thanks to Drudge.