Kap Didn't Stand, Get Over It

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Where to begin? A player didn't stand for the National Anthem in form of protest, and you're mad. Got it. You have the right to be, just as the player has every right to take a stance, even if it's not popular and people want to launch the N word at him like missiles. I don't think you're wrong in your anger, but it's misguided. What Kap is doing is right. 

Here is part of what he's saying that you won't hear; "I have great respect for our men and women who fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have fought for this country and they fight for freedom. They fight for liberty and justice, for EVERYONE. Kap continues; "And that's not happening. I mean, people are dying in vain because this country is not holding its end of the bargain up as far as giving freedom and justice and liberty to EVERYBODY. He then adds; "It's something that's not happening. I've seen videos, I've seen circumstances, WHERE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE MILITARY HAVE COME BACK AND TREATED UNJUSTLY BY THE COUNTRY THEY FOUGHT FOR. Murdered by the country they fought for. On our Land, that's not right. "

I'd say that's a Patriotic stance he just took there. You don't agree with his protest, because in your mind he's being disrespectful. OK, but the Man is speaking out against unjust treatment of Veterans, while risking losing millions in endorsement money. What are you doing to create awareness of the mistreatment of our Service Men and Women and Veterans? 22 push-ups, got it. We all just sit by as the NFL extorts Men and Women who serve this country for a Profit. We see them flash over to Bases in Afghanistan where troops are watching football, and think "That's so cool the NFL Cares" because it is easy to think that. But it's wrong. The NFL donated a large number to you and I, $800,000 to different Veteran associations and charities. To the NFL, that's pennies. From 2011-2014 the NFL was paid at least 6 Million dollars for "Patriotic Displays at games." The league is using the service of every service member as free advertisement to sell more jerseys and T-shirts during their "Salute to Service" while charging a Fee to be Patriotic. That's worse than not standing for the flag, in my opinion.  The NFL is disrespecting Veterans and Service Members and using them for a profit, but you don't get mad at the League. So why are you mad at a player for Standing for something, other than the National Anthem?

I've seen the comments, "Kap was adopted by a white Family, and makes millions of dollars, when has he ever been oppressed?" I don't know him, but I feel confident in saying he's seen his fair share of mistreatment. When he first became a starter in 2012, he was called a "thug" because of his tattoos by David Whitley in a column, and by people all over the internet. So I guess all of the Men and Women who serve our country that have tattoos are just thugs too. If you didn't notice, that was sarcasm. Kap has been treated unfairly in the public eye, so imagine how bad it may have gotten outside of that watch during his life. But Kap isn't taking a woe is me approach. 

"This stand isn't for me. This is for people who don't have a voice." Another VERY Patriotic stance Kap is taking. The United States is the world Super Power who will stand and help defend the little guy, or at least we're supposed to be. But when a member of our population wants to take a stand, we want to tell him to "Just play football," and silence his voice which goes against the very core of American beliefs you think you're defending when you tell him to sit down, or stand-up in this situation. By telling him, "Stick too football" you're attempting to oppress his right to a peaceful demonstration, but it's not himself he's standing up for. He is standing up for the person you can't tell to shut-up, because they have no voice. 

"Ultimately, it’s to bring awareness and make people realize what’s really going on in this country,” Kap said. “There are a lot of things going on that are unjust and people aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something this country stand for freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now."

Colin Kaepernick is right for not standing. Like it or not. I agree with his stance. There are people being treated unfairly in this country. There are leaders in our country who don't care for the American Values. There are leaders in our country that don't believe "All men are created equal." I would never do what he did. I stand for the National Anthem even if I'm in a sports bar, at home, anywhere. It doesn't matter, when I hear it, I stand. I also stand with Colin Kapernick and his right to protest, and I hope his message, more than his actions are what resonate. 

Thanks for reading.