Joshua Hicks is a contributor to WARR and The D & Davis Show
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now? You know, some owner … is going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired…'”
Donald Trump said these comments in regards to Colin Kaepernick and others who’ve engaged in anthem protests in his recent rally in Alabama and it has since set the sports and entertainment nation on blast.
When not spending the rest of the week insulting Puerto Rico with inaction and snarky tweets, Trump continues to engage a war with the NFL and he continues to shoot his shots through media, stating in most recent comments that the NFL owners are ‘afraid of their players.’
The NFL made their voices heard by locking arms and taking their knees in solidarity against Trump’s comments before their games this past Sunday, with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking their protest to the ultimate level by staying in the locker room during the anthem.
I loved the solidarity the NFL took in the stand against divisive forcee, but was the idea of protesting around the league for the same purpose Kaepernick started? Or was it to fight back against being put on blast with the “SOB” commentary?
Kaepernick started his protest to sit or kneel during the national anthem last NFL season due to the racial injustices within America, especially against police brutality between white cops and unarmed black men.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the New York Times last season. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”
The backlash Kaepernick has been receiving for his protest varied from negative media attention to discrimination and unemployment. Few people around the NFL followed Kaepernick’s example and took a knee, and although it has increased slowly overtime. But people still did not like the movement. Ray Lewis even spoke against Kaepernick, claiming that he should stick to sports and told the Ravens not to sign him.
However, EVERYBODY came out and protested against Trump’s derogatory remarks. Many owners spoke out against Trump and supported their players. Even Lewis kneeled, “praying for justice,” even though he came out strongly against the notion originally and may have played a role in Kaepernick not landing on the Baltimore Ravens in the off season.
Maybe Ray and others like him had a “come to Black Jesus” moment last week, that would be wonderful, but where was the support from the league and league owners when Kaepernick was protesting, where is the rightful latter-day expression that Kaep should still be among their ranks?
Kaepernick is still unemployed, his resumé speaks for himself regarding playoff success and stats throughout his career as a starting quarterback and yet, he still did not receive the same supporting system when the #takeaknee revolution took place compared to the league-wide protests against Trump.
We know NFL players have stood up in the press conferences saying Kaepernick should be playing in this league, but that is not enough.
I wish Kaepernick got the same support from the owners as the players did for him. I wish the owners would give Kaepernick a contract, even as a backup even though he is a proven starter.
I wish the owners would openly state their beliefs in equality and pledge allegiance to the United States of America, and too the republic for which it stands, one nation under God with liberty and JUSTICE FOR ALL.
I wish commissioner Goodell and others would take the time to understand that he is not disrespecting military veterans or the piece of cloth we call the flag, but that the execution of the constitution and the laws that are supposed to support this great country winds up disrespecting selective social and racial groups.
Owners, league officials, NFL players, coaches and fans, we cannot overlook the original message of this revolution and change the narrative because of Trump’s indecensy to humanity within the NFL business. If you cannot support Kaepernick’s initiative, especially within the NFL, you are already on the wrong end of justice.
Joshua Hicks is a Chicago-based sports writer and broadcaster, follow him on Twitter @jhicks042; Follow We Are Regal Radio on Twitter @regalradio1 and on Facebook under We Are Regal Radio