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Now is the time for American citizens to unite. We are heading down a bad road if things continue.
Professional sports to me are going about it the wrong way. Not having teams to be on the field or court at the time the time the National Anthem takes place is nothing but complete disrespect.
We know the reasons without having to break it down. But certain athletes that are certain race are creating a negative that may be too much to overcome.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, plus the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, stayed inside in the locker room when the National Anthem was performed.
Those who did need to be ashamed of themselves. Remember, you live in a country where freedom is prominent. You are not in foreign land that has certain bylaws in many phases.
Many of the athletes are upset at President Trump's comments from Saturday, saying those who protest the anthem need to be suspended or fired.
Of all places that the President expressed his disappointment with the entire situation was during a political rally in Alabama. We as Alabamians get drawn into this unintentionally. Many know how people feel about Alabama and the South as well.
Those who protest like they have since last year because of Colin Kaepernick in public, was not pleased on the treatment of Africa-American citizens in a series of issues with law enforcement throughout the U.S.
He has his right to protest, but used poor judgement of doing it during the anthem. Many Americans have given their lives through serving in our military, fighting in numerous wars such as WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.
I know how people can feel when this happens. I unintentionally stayed in my seat at the Northwest Basketball Regional many years ago at Wallace State while I was doing public address.
Later, I had an elderly man that I knew very well, to come by and express his opinion on what I did, that was incorrect in my procedure. I have never done that again.
I for one, put my right hand over my heart, my left behind me, remove a hat if I am wearing one and show pride when I hear the National Anthem. I really get inspired when it is performed live by bands at football games, or performed by groups or individuals at any thing that has the anthem to be a part of.
I flipped over to see the WNBA halftime report in which ESPN's Holly Rowe was speaking to the President of the WNBA, Lisa Borders. She had a comment about expressing pride in her women, despite the fact that a group of her women did not display honor by being on the court at the time of the anthem.
She should feel ashamed of this. She is an African-American and majority of the players are African-American.
Candace Parker is one of the most notable players in the league. But how much will she be respected for being a part of a team that did not stand for their freedom, remaining inside the locker room prior to Game 1 of the finals vs. Minnesota.
I attended a Tennessee Titans' exhibition game in August. There was alleged reports of possible protests during the anthem. I didn't see any from where I was high above Nissan Stadium.
But if I was there late Sunday afternoon, I would have to seriously consider walking out before kickoff.
This action by certain professional athletes is absolutely unacceptable.
What I am concerned about, does it find its way into collegiate sports and from my concern deeply, high school athletics.
I hope local school administrators send a message of this act of protesting is not good in any form or fashion.
Since President Trump took the oval office in January, there has been nothing but constant bickering among the country. People say it's liberals and other forms of inappropriate behavior by human beings.
We are a unity that is divided. Something has to give. This type of behavior in sports can effect everyday likes for those who are not employed in a sports profession.
Actions do speak louder than words. That is where it all comes down as I see it right now.
Like the great song performed many years ago by country artist Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the USA."