Colin Kapernick of the San Fran 49ers refuses to stand for American National Anthem

Colin Kapernick of the San Fran 49ers refuses to stand for American National Anthem | WHILE KAPERNICK REFUSES TO STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM THIS MARINE COMES TO ATTENTION | image tagged in standing at attention for national anthem,marines,national anthem,memes | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Leonardo Dicaprio Cheers Meme | NEVER MIND THE LOSER... I WOULD LOVE TO SHAKE THAT MARINE'S HAND. | image tagged in memes,leonardo dicaprio cheers | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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IF YOU SHAKE HIS HAND HE'LL FALL OVER | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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I actually thought of that scenario before posting that, but I really felt good about the Marine, so I posted it anyway. It didn't take long for you to capitalize on the risk I took, and I love it! You didn't let me down, lol :-)
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2 ups
Yeah, because he didn't shake your hand and you're not crippled.
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7 ups, 1 reply
There are still people who are proud to be an American?
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3 ups
Yup, but rest assured there are plenty of bad examples floating around out there.
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5 ups, 1 reply
Me too but not for this. I hate when we use the dismemberment of our soldiers as some sort of ploy to inspire patriotism. A homeless vet will salute the flag with tears in his eyes while he starves on the streets because he was stripped of his VA benefits. This is sad to me.
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I have a deep respect for anyone who is, or was, a member of the armed forces. I didn't serve and am forever in debt to all who did. I agree it is so sad to see these people needing help that they, above many others, deserve.
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Newly released....he is a new convert to Islam and that's why he didn't stand
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3 ups, 3 replies
The Nation of Islam hates all things white and all things WEST. Listen to Lewis Farakan for 10 minutes.
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2 ups, 2 replies
Islam is not a nation, it's a region, they are very strict. Respect them and their religion, they'll treat you right. Besides, they don't hate all things white and west, we just don't have the numbers in our military to support them yet.
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Even if you respect their religion, you're not guaranteed to be treated right. Just ask the thousands of mistreated women that respected it.
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2 ups, 1 reply
You are uninformed.
The Nation of Islam is a predominantly black Islamic party in America. Watch a little Louis Farakan. I have watched hours, whites are evil in their sight.
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3 ups
Oh. That one, I thought you thought Islam was a nation, my bad.
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11 ups, 1 reply
Here's what Kapernick's mom said lol
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6 ups
Yeah, and his parents are white. He's just the latest douche jumping on the "I hate America and all that it stands for" bandwagon.
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16 ups, 1 reply
It's all about me me me
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5 ups, 1 reply
I thought it was nerf football league.
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3 ups
Nerd for brains maybe
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16 ups, 4 replies
I didn't think it was possible for me to dislike Kaepernick and the 49rs anymore than already did...
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11 ups
He's a real POS
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10 ups
Never say never, the world always manages to spawn a bigger douchebag.
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10 ups, 1 reply
I wonder if the white side of him feels the need to kick his own ass.
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9 ups
Hear hear
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I think the whole thing is an extension of Kapernick's personality. In his first season, when I saw him play, his style was extremely unorthodox. He would make passes of course, but frequently would tuck the ball and run with it, often taking defensive players head on in bone crunching collisions.

For a quarterback in the NFL, he was gambling wildly with the play and his health and the gambling paid off that first season.

However, though his unpredictable play may be hard to defend in the NFL, a quarterback who plays that aggressive style of running and smashing defensive players is going to be injured badly. No doubt his coached reined in his style. And as all football fans know, it turned him into a sub-standard QB barely hanging on to his job.

Just like that first season when the team was losing or barely hanging on to a slim lead, Kapernick's instinct is to do something showy, unorthodox, reckless and fraught with risk that may pay off in a big way...

But this time he's not going head to head with a linebacker, he's going head to head with the NFL fan base and will not survive this particular collision. Just as he can exercise his right to politicize an issue to the NFL fan base, the NFL fan base has the right to marginalized him.

He doesn't give a hoot about BLM, shoot, he was the one penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct using the N word in a game. He's just another example of the Peter Priciple in the NFL where a player with vast physical gifts but with little true talent and very marginal judgement makes a brief flash but fades rapidly. And sometimes fades with ignominy.
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6 ups
I bet Harbaugh regrets benching Alex Smith for that douchebag.
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12 ups, 1 reply
I'm glad there's a lot of backlash. Hopefully he'll regret his dumb decision. I'm hoping the audience boos him in the first game, however this is San Francisco, a very doucheb-baggery liberal city.
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7 ups, 1 reply
That's probably why he figured he could politicize the thing, he knows SF is what you have said it is. The thing is, not every person in SF is a raging leftist who hates America and the 49er's NFL fan base likely consists of a lot of patriotic Americans.
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I hope you're right. I just don't understand people like him. I'm not saying everyone has to be waving flags 24/7, but when the National Anthem is played, you remove your hat, stand at attention, put your hand over your heart and respect it.
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9 ups, 1 reply
For me, respect for the National Anthem is a bond between us. We may be from different backgrounds. We may have vastly different beliefs about politics, religion, sports strategy or even love. But the thing that binds us and unites us is the fact that we are Americans.

I may not agree with someone on much, and we may even be pulling for the opposite team in the game, but when we are at the game and the National Anthem begins, we both stand and share the thing that unites us. We are both Americans. And proud of it.
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6 ups
"We are both Americans. And proud of it."

Couldn't agree more brother, couldn't agree more. Thanks for making this meme.
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9 ups
What a douche...
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What a tool...
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BTW, I hope you don't mind me posting this on FB!! :)
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7 ups, 2 replies
I don't mind. That's the purpose of memes, to propagate through the collective consciousness of society. Thank you!
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I too shared this on FB, with credit given to you. My Father is a VietNam and Korea vet, my Uncle a Vietnam vet, my brother was in the Army, my son was in the Armay and served overseas, my son-in-law is an Afghan combat vet etc etc. I've noticed my Dad and a former brother-in-law (a Navy Vet) have also shared it. Thank you for posting.
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Kaepernick IS a loser. He doesn't know the first thing about discrimination, considering he lived in a white, privileged home, and makes millions in the NFL, for playing football. While this man put his life on the line for the country, and despite a physical inability to stand, he still shows respect. That's what standing for the flag is about. Respect for your country and your armed forces, even if you don't agree with everything that is going on.
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8 ups
Being disrespectful to America's national anthem is NOT a form of protest.

Its just a disrespectful act.
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A liberal loyalty test
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4 ups
I 100% Agree
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5 ups
That was his choice. I'm pro-choice.
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2 ups, 1 reply
Awful.
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2 ups, 1 reply
what's awful....?
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2 ups, 1 reply
your meme...placating to the conservatives on here...the entire premise.....basically everything about it. Respond if you want but I won't.
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....Have u not read any of the other memes/comments on this list? (I don't see any difference) But if u say so bruh
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2 ups, 1 reply
John Wayne? Cringey. Even for here.
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I think i must have misunderstood u when u said i'm not going to respond...Look i'm sorry if my post somehow offended u (But at the end of the day like u & everybody else...I can post whatever it is i want) I don't know what u have against John Wayne but whatever it's cool-- I'm sure you're a cool person --are we good?
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I felt so bad for you I had to respond. John Wayne is about as stereotypical conservative as you can get. It looks like your begging for upvotes.
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Said the only person making a big deal of it...So John Wayne an American icon is "stereotypical conservative"....says some username named Libtard...your point is 100% valid & i have zero right to argue. So i'm sure your going to have some brilliant counteraragument so i'll let u have the final word (& unlike someone else i know...I will keep my word :) (y)
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Because context has never been important. ;)
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5 ups, 2 replies
I'm not necessarily anti-anthem.....but why do we? Where's the connection between sports and patriotism? Why not before plays? Concerts? Ballets? I don't get it.
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2 ups, 1 reply
Because it was part of the progressive socialist movement to form society into a socialist state to worship and pledge to the government over their individual rights and those of their family .... the pro teams are paid to abide
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If singing the anthem was a "progressive socialist movement to form society into a socialist state" (which would seem to be a left/democrat/liberal thing....)

Then why are all the Conservatives so up in arms over this? They support the Socialist movement?
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"And now, before we begin tonight's slam poetry event, we will sing the National Anthem."

"And now, before we begin tonight's presentation of 'KISS On Ice,' please rise for the National Anthem."
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2 ups
Makes as much sense as before a football game.
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ice, icebucket challenge...whatevs
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Remember Kapernick, you have the right to protest. Unless I can see it. Or hear it. Or someone tells me about it. Or I disagree with it.

Some folks need to look up the definition of "Protest." You're whining about some ball player peacefully protesting? Would you rather he start a riot like some other supposed "Protestors?" Or is his peaceful, quiet demonstration hurting your widdle feelings? Grow up.
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For real. All these people quick to judge him for exercising his rights. This is a free country and if you don't like other people being free, I hear North Korea has some nice ankle shackles for yall.
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As I liberal I agree whole heartily although I think protesting oppression utilizing your freedom is kinda....ironic?

https://i.imgflip.com/19w6yf.jpg
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Nice perspective! :D
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5 ups, 1 reply
You can be patriotic without having to stand for your country's national anthem.
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If you literally can't stand, then whatever. But have you ever even read the whole lyrics to the national anthem, or read up on what it took for America to become a country? Standing to that anthem, and to salute that flag is respect for everything that has gone into making this country. What message does sitting send? Sitting is showing that you have a self-entitled attitude and don't respect or appreciate any part of the sacrifice in our history. You're basically giving the middle finger to everyone who sacrificed to make us who we are (whether the sacrifice was life, time, money, or blue-collared hard work).

I'm no middle-aged history teacher. I'm a 22 year old business major and I know this.
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4 ups, 1 reply
I know soldiers who agree with his right to not stand. Oh, and have you read the other verses? The blood of dead slaves cleansing the battlefield. Oh yeah, that's in there. Maybe we SHOULD read "the whole lyrics."

He is peacefully protesting. And he has that right. You may not like it, but too bad. That is his right as a free American. And your opinion of his supposed self-entitled attitude just shows you have no respect for his rights. Basically giving a middle finger to our basic freedoms.

Protest is an expression of patriotism when done right. Because forced patriotism is slavery to the state, and that's not American.
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https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/08/star-spangled-banner-celebrates-beating-the-british-not-slavery

Yes, read the whole lyrics and understand what they meant 200 years ago. Not what they mean in today's society that is quick to draw conclusions, uninformed, and more racist than ever (we're so politically "correct" that it's actually unintentionally reinforcing racism).
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I like how we can look at the "meaning" of the anthem 200 years ago but can't question the "meaning" of the 2nd Amendment. That's cool.
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You're entitled to your opinion, even if it's stupid-a$$ garbage that you get from the propaganda at the New York Times, Colbert Report, CNN, etc. :) Have a nice day.
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I am entitled to my opinion. Based on facts. Maybe your isn't based in fact but you're still entitled to it too.(I'm sure your sources are verifiable and correct and unbiased, right?)

Our rights to opinion...That's one thing that makes America great. And always has. No need to make it great again. It still is.

Doesn't change my statement's truth. Conservatives pick and choose when and where we can translate the founder's intent.
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Personally I don't pick and choose. But I know what you mean. Same thing on Liberal side. In fact, many "liberals" only believe the way they do because of sarcastic comedy shows that make fun of conservatives, and don't usually use much fact. I don't watch Fox News or Republican propaganda (there's propaganda for both sides and you have to call it what it is), and I don't agree with many stances of the Republican Party, or any party for that matter. But Conservative is the stance that most closely matches mine.
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Well you may want to look into Gary Johnson. "Conservative" is subjective in many cases - most would say it's "conservative" to have less government. BUUUUUT.....when you say we should legalize prostitution and marijuana for instance....you know less government....some say WHOA!!! We need THOSE laws! So not sure if you are a "religious right" conservative...or more libertarian, but he's the only viable option in my opinion for most Republicans and MANY democrats this go round.
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Agreed, you sir are a genius! (y)
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5 ups, 3 replies
It literally doesn't matter and he stood up for what he believes in why does it mater.
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(It's true, I'd rather him not stand for the anthem on his own free will than be forced to, this ain't North Korea) LOL
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Haha True
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The problem is he's doing it mostly for attention and his ideas about this country are way off.He also has no idea about what it's like to be repressed, since he grew up in a privileged household and never had to work a day in his life.
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Doesn't matter if he grew up in a privileged household. He's making a statement about the condition america is in now, I don't think there is anything wrong with that and he has the right to do so.
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I never said he didn't have the right to do so. He has every right to not stand. The thing I have even more issue with is the fact he's a spoiled, whiny brat. He knows nothing about the problems facing minorities in this country. It isn't nearly as dire as your progressive media paints the picture as.

BLM movement is filled with almost nothing but worthless thugs with thug mentality and hate/racism toward "whitey." They hate cops, regardless if the cop is true and honest and hate white people as well.

Racist media toward Christian white people and they spread their putred disease every time they report the bullsh!t news they conjure up to spread hate. These black "leaders" are in it for the money only.

If BLM really cared about black lives they would start by putting money into the Sh!tty ghettos in cities like Chicago and Detroit and LA and quit aborting their children. They don't care about black lives. They only care about getting cops shot down and silencing "whitey." They DON'T care about black lives.

So excuse my rambling and excuse me if I sound like I don't give a crap about the BLM movement or any celebrity that endorses them and hates their country. I don't tolerate fools and their foolish ideals.
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Black Lives Matter is a slogan to remind people of police brutality, it has nothing to do with conditions of povert. I personally don't hate all cops, but it certainly seems like there are way too many that are very fast to attack black people. Kapernick made a statement because he feels like there is still racism in America, (there is a lot of it). That doesn't make him a whiny brat, and just because he isn't actively oppressed doesn't take away the right to not rise for the anthem if he doesn't want to. He is standing up for the people that don't have so much of a voice in America, I don't see why it is a bad thing.
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This is why the majority from BLM loot and riot and call for the murder of cops? This is why they block traffic on busy roads? They beat white people at random and burn businesses to prove what? That there's still racism in America? That doesn't prove a damn thing except that they're a bunch of law-breaking thugs who belong in prison.

News flash! There has always been racism in this country, just like in the rest of the world. Burning and looting and murdering innocent people isn't going to stop anything. It will only make EVERYTHING worse.
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BLM does not encourage these behaviors, these are stupid and insane people going out of their way to do these things.
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Do you also say: There's always been ______ in the world. Starting wars isn't going to stop anything. It will only make everything worse.
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Who's staring wars? I wasn't talking about wars, I'm talking about thugs thinking they're above the law because of the color of their skin and thinking they can get away with something criminal by calling it "protesting."

Criminal activity is criminal activity even when you slap some sugar on it. BLM isn't protesting an innocent being murdered by police, they're protesting criminal thugs being taken down by cops because they refused to co-operate. Call it what you want, but BLM is filled with gang bangers and thieves.
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So is halliburton and blackwater.
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Not sure you know what Halliburton is. Otherwise, you wouldn't compare them to Blackwater.
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I know what they both are. And not comparing them.
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4 ups, 1 reply
You're right. All these people pulling out their hair about it is just what he was hoping for.
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Most American citizens will stand for the national anthem. It is a sign of respect, for our country, which our soldiers valiantly protect at the cost of their lives. It'd be nice if they did stand up.
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My point is valid nonetheless. He's not hurting anything but his own reputation. If the point he's trying to make is that important to him then so be it. He can burn a flag for all I care. I happen to agree with his assessment of racial repression. His intention is to take a position for people who won't be seen on television like he is. I say let him.
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It turns out people are burning jerseys with his name because of this
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That has to be the best comment I've seen on this meme ever!
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Also very true ;D
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Because he is a gluten for punishment..some are just too far gone
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What an imbecile! (Soon to be a footnote buried in a manual)
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Only because shooting the SOB is illegal....
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JWs have a thing about not saluting the flag, which I guess they equate with borderline idolatry or something. I don't know if they stand during the national anthem, but I'm guessing they don't, since that's basically the same principle. What he did may be disrespectful and angering, but he has the right to do it. I know I would stand during the anthem, and so would most everyone else here. I'm just saying...
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I agree that he has the right to do it, but his reasoning behind it is just plain absurd. He grew up in a privileged household with white parents. Never had to work (real work) a day in his life and his being repressed as he claims, is utter nonesense.

And I have a huge problem with JW not respecting the flag. I have a problem with anyone not respecting it.
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Well that is news to me. I read about him on MSN and nowhere did it mention he was a Muslim. But now that you mention it, he does look like one. Looks can be deceiving though. Take me for example. I am white but I also have some Native American blood in me as well.
Anyways to answer your question, yes. If anything it would be stronger. I really would not expect a Muslim to give a dusty rat's arse about our American culture. But a Christian, yes, I would expect that of them. The thing is this little spoiled brat gets paid hundreds of thousands if not millions each year. That is a lot of money this "oppressed" guy is making. He makes his money playing games while men and women fight and die so he can make his money. And in the end of the day he chooses not to respect them enough to stand in honor of The National Anthem. Saying he has the right is really the only argument in his defense. Some of the comments on MSN are saying similar justifications for his choice. But it really isn't something that one should do. I mean even though it isn't a law that you have to stand in honor, it should be something that everyone wants to do.

If this guy is so concerned for the "oppressed minorities" how much of his impressive salary has he donated to communities with minorities? Is he going to live like the poor to prove a point? No. He, who has been given much, disrespects the men and women in the armed services to make a point.
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I don't know for a fact that he's a Muslim. Someone else said it. Maybe he's not. I'm not sure to be honest.
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That is ok, it doesn't really matter. He is an overpaid prima donna who disrespected his country's service men and women. He could have protested in a number of ways. I read on another site where it said he was going to do the same thing again. I know our country isn't perfect, but try to find one that gives the same freedoms and liberties that America does.
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but the marine isn't standing up? sheesshhh?
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This picture really got to me. Here we have a Marine, who willingly risked it all and paid the price so that people like me can enjoy freedom. There isn't enough words to describe the bravery of our men and women who courageously and selflessly stand ready to defend our country.
And then there is Kapernick. Who feels he has reason to not be prideful enough with our country as to stand and show respect during The National Anthem. He can enjoy a massive salary from playing a GAME freely and safely because of our veterans. Yet he doesn't have enough pride to stand in honor of our veterans and our liberties. If he truly feels minorities are oppressed then let him donate his massive salaries to help the "oppressed minorities"!!!
If this Marine, who from the picture looks like he lost his legs, can still make an attempt to rise in honor of The National Anthem. Then there is no excuse for anyone else able to not do so.
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My number 1 pet peeve is that we only ever hear the first verse. And it ends in a f***ing question. There's a big battle, okay, now is the flag still standing? Did we win the battle? I guess we'll never know because we never finish the gosh-darned song.
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I suppose if you know basic American history.
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It just doesn't make sense to end on a question. The second verse is really, really powerful and nobody ever hears it. The third and fourth verses can be omitted at sports games because they cause contention, whatever. But the second one answers the question posed in the first verse, and personally, it's my favorite verse.
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GOD BLESS THIS MAN
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Jk. I'm not an Obama supporter.
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