Last year, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, began quietly taking a knee at NFL games to protest what he said was the excessive use of force by police. This story presents the legal sides of the issues,
I have watched professional sports for years, but just to see players take a knee during the playing of the national anthem ruined the experience, Is it more patriotic to bellow “USA, USA” in an anonymous crowd or to simply, silently, individually, with all looking on, take a knee? Of course, we have a lot more to do beyond taking a knee in this country either in prayer or protest. But a symbolic action can be a first step, an outward sign to signal an intention and as powerful as a raised fist. I don’t find the action disrespectful. Instead, I find it a symbolic gesture of freedom and protest and I hope the movement grows.
One relatively large issue in the NFL lately has been taking a knee during the national anthem. In the article "Taking a knee: Why are NFL players protesting and when did they start to kneel?" written by Clark Mindock gives the full story on what happened. The story is unbiased simply factual.
Many people now have either heard of or taken part of kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL or in some cases in the NBA. The story started when San Francisco 49ers quarter back Collin Kapernick, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of black rights and racism. Kapernick stated that he will not ""show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." Later on in the article Trump states his opinion by asking the NFL to fire any "son of a bitch who disrespects our flag." Following that statement a few players state their opinion or thoughts on the situation. Many players have taken part in the action by linking arms as a whole team.