Transcript for National anthem controversy continues with Steelers, Cowboys
saying, you know, the new guy. The new guy. That's in the white house, seems much more concerned about the NFL right now and the protests continued last nights when the cowboys and owner Jerry Jones all took a knee on the field but stood for the anthem. Some people said, well that wasn't good enough, and you know, either way the crowd still was upset. They were still angry. They were still booed. Hmm. Which? The team. The team was booed. Was still booed. I think teams are trying to figure out the best way to present a unified front but we were talking a little in the meeting that it doesn't mean everyone needs to kneel or stand. It means that like if action were taken against any of these players, you say he goes, we all go. But I think it's totally fine if you're someone like I said yesterday, I want to stand but I love that the person next to me doesn't have to. I think teams can do both. We talked about that one player, the -- Villanueva. Yeah, who was in the tunnel and didn't mean to seem divided from his stoteam and he stood. And he apologized for it. I thought why apologize. He's a former army ranger who served overseas including Afghanistan. If he wants to salute during the national anthem, then that is his American constitutional right. Right, right. So I don't understand why he apologized, and I also don't understand the booing. Because aren't we all Americans, including Puerto ricans. You know what's happening, people are are misconstruing the first amendment. It goes like this, my father fought in out wars and therefore I'm mad at you for spitting on the flag or burning the flag or being disrespectful. The other side says my father fought in out wars and that gives me the right to burn the flag. Those two philosophies are opposing each other right now. People are not understanding the other point of view. Yeah. Clearly because the polls are coming back showing over 50%, fox poll 61%, all these things are showing that there's a big part of the population who say they should be standing. They have to understand what the first amendment means. The first amendment doesn't mean that you walk lockstep in a patriotic manner. It means you don't have to walk in lockstep. That's the beauty of it because there are countries in this rld wind world where you would be thrown in jail for taking the knee. You are not thrown in jail in this country. It also does not make you -- it does north make you less patriotic. It doesn't mean -- lots of people -- all of our fathers and forefathers fought in these wars. Right. We want the same respect. So, they fought for my right not to stand up if I don't want to. They fought for your right to stand up should you choose to. Right, exactly. I think everyone should read Eric Reid who started this kneeling protest along with Colin Kaepernick, and he wrote in the -- I believe it was "The New York Times" that they chose the kneeling as opposed to just sitting because they found it more respectful to the military and to the flag. It's very interesting. I tweeted it out yesterday. I hope people will read that. But I want to say again, I hope people understand that this kneeling protest is not disrespectful to the flag or the military or the country. It is about recognizing that this country has not met the promise of our anthem for the African-American male and community. That's what it is about. When you notice it and it draws attention and you're upset rather than focusing your upset on what you think someone should be doing, listen to why they're kneeling. Take that brain energy and put it towards why would someone kneel. Here's the question. Is trump jealous because he's afraid if he kneels he won't be able to get up.
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