“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel. I think there’s a way you protest and there’s a way you don’t protest.
You don’t protest against the flag, you don’t against this country [that] has given you the opportunity to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen,
So, I don’t wanna hear all the crap,
As professional sports leagues reopen to mostly empty stadiums and venues following lengthy coronavirus-related delays, players have begun taking a knee during the playing of the anthem, ostensibly to protest “systemic racism” not all Americans agree exists.
“Today, and every day, we come together as brothers,” said actor Morgan Freeman in a prerecorded message played on stadium loudspeakers as coaches and players knelt. “As equals, all with the same goal – to level the playing field. To change the injustices. Equality is not just a word. It’s our right.