San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s infamy continues to grow as his asinine attempts at being “socially conscious” keep spreading around the country.
While there are plenty of bandwagon jumpers on this latest lefty trend, there’s also been a healthy — and well deserved — backlash from NFL fans who are sick of seeing professional athlete millionaires complain about “oppression.”
One such individual decided to vent his disapproval for Kaepernick’s antics by planting his feet firmly on one of the quarterback’s jerseys during the playing of the national anthem.
The Internet went wild.
According to TheBlaze, An image tweeted out Sunday shows a New England Patriots fan standing on a Kaepernick jersey as the “Star-Spangled Banner” blared throughout Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, before the Patriots played the Buffalo Bills. By Sunday night, the photo had gone viral, garnering more than 2,000 retweets and more than 4,000 “likes” on Twitter.
The fan’s decision to stand on Kaepernick’s jersey during the national anthem was in all likelihood a response to the quarterback’s refusal to stand for the song before games.
— Joey P. (@JoeyPezzino11) October 2, 2016
Kaepernick wasn’t alone in his protest that day. At Wembley Stadium in London, England, Indianapolis Colts defensive back Antonio Cromartie knelt while raising his fist in the air moments before his team went head-to-head with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If an individual wants to protest, that’s perfectly fine, however, there’s a right way to do it, and there’s a wrong way to do it.
When you’re a professional athlete who makes millions playing a sport, rather than insult the audience who helps pay your salary, perhaps a better statement would be to take a portion of your earnings and actually pour it into making local communities a better place?
It’s nigh impossible to take someone’s cries against oppression seriously when they’re rolling in cash and never have to worry about paying bills for the rest of their lives.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]