By now I’m sure you’ve heard about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernickand his decision to sit on the bench during the national anthem…
He’s doing this in protest of what he believes are wrongdoings against African-Americans and minorities in our country. If you haven’t heard about it, then please start following me on social media so you can stay informed. Currently, this is one of the biggest sports stories in the news.
Kaepernick’s protest is not the focus of my story. I will add however, I feel strongly that Colin has the right to protest; even in this manner. This is America after all. At the ESPY Awards this year, the big four stood and pleaded for their fellow athletes to use their platforms and celebrity to call for change…so I find it annoying that when someone has the courage to actually do it, they get lambasted.
However, I DON”T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. What REALLY bothers me about this situation is how quickly everyone, especially fellow football players and coaches, jumped on the (social) media wagon to add their two cent’s. Whether they supported Colin or not, everyone has an opinion.
So why don’t these same players, coaches, fans have an opinion about the domestic violence and sexual assault cases that are rampant in the NFL? Why aren’t these same people criticizing the players that commit these horrible acts? When Ray Rice punched his then-finance in an elevator in Las Vegas, which was caught on video for all to see, few players spoke out. When photos of Greg Hardy’s then-girlfriend surfaced showing red marks and bruising after an alleged assault, most players kept their opinions to themselves and most recently, when NY Giants kicker Josh Brown was suspended one game for a 2015 arrest on charges of domestic violence, again, not a whole lot of reaction from the peanut gallery. Brown’s teammate Jason Paul Pierre did have this to say:
“We’re all family around here. People have their own problems to handle. He’s still our brother and we look past it.”
The Giants Quarterback Eli Manning offered this:
“I don’t think there is a whole lot to say. To the team, if Josh wants to say something, he can explain his case. I don’t know a whole lot of details about what happened. I know he’s been suspended and that’s about all I know.”
Conveniently, when it comes to sexual assault and domestic violence cases, there never seems to be “enough information” to comment – but there’s plenty of info to offer up opinions when Kaepernick sits during the anthem in protect of racism. I guess domestic violence is too messy of an issue and nobody wants to get dirty.
It’s a double standard and I’m not happy about it. Are you?