The Kaepernick Knee

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The Kaepernick Knee

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Kate McLeod, Junior Copy Editor

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Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback, started a controversial protest on Sept. 1 when he took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in order to bring serious social issues to light during the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers. Several athletes have joined in the protest, including Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins.

This protest is unnecessary and should be immediately stopped.

Football is a highly recognized and celebrated sport by many Americans throughout the country. People tune in to their television screens every Sunday in anticipation to see if their favorite NFL team will be victorious, not to watch players protest over political issues while the national anthem is being played. A football game is not the appropriate setting for a political protest and if football players want to protest their political beliefs then they should do it elsewhere. Taking a knee during the national anthem unnecessarily takes attention away from the football game and should be stopped.

Military veterans and active duty soldiers have risked their lives for America, and the national anthem is a way to honor them. By taking a knee during the national anthem, football players are being extremely disrespectful towards those veterans and soldiers. The football players who protest during the national anthem are American citizens who the soldiers have fought to protect by going to war. These football players are disrespecting the very veterans and soldiers who have gone to war and fought to keep them alive.

Instead of protesting during a football game, the players could instead find a more appropriate setting to protest at. They should protest during their own personal time, instead of protesting during a football game, which takes up the time of multiple other people. They could take their protest to social media and tweet about their opinions. That way, only the people who are following them would get an alert about the tweet. Their protest would not be bothering people who do not want to be involved and if someone did not want to see the players protesting, they could simply unfollow them.

The protest consisting of football players taking a knee during the national anthem is uncalled for and should be immediately stopped.

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