Matt's Traditional American Values: On the national anthem protests

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Daddy would not have liked Colin Kaepernick. After all, by focussing on Kaepernick's method of protest, Trump has done his damnedest to draw our eyes away from why the athlete started doing this in the first place.

Yet as battle lines are firmly drawn, we've got to take a minute to recognise the blatant hypocrisy at play in our White House.

Peppers on Sunday didn't join his teammates on the field during the anthem. "People died for that flag". NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he was disappointed with Trump's "divisive" comments.

Throughout the weekend, owners tried to dilute Kaepernick's uncomfortable message about the ugliness of our nation's racism and tried to turn it into something that makes us feel comfortable.

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So what does all of this all mean? He sang so that other people would hear.

My father was an insatiable learner with intelligence that his baby brother once told me bordered on genius. Nothing at all in the rule book. "I'm proud of our league". Pittsburgh offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, stood just outside of the tunnel entrance to the field, not on the sidelines during the anthem. "We expect the same thing".

This man. This accountant, camera buff, would-be linguist, postal clerk, kite-maker, father of nine. I was trying to find out with the players and coaches, 'How are you feeling? "So I felt like it was appropriate to stand up with them and stay in the locker room". "Once he goes through that phase I think he's ready for the game". The sad irony is that the president's comments, while understandable, have only reinvigorated this unpatriotic and disgusting protest. I'm a father of five. "I really appreciate that".

Trump called for a boycott of games.

There's no provision in the US flag code that says you must stand.

Several NASCAR team owners and executives said Sunday they wouldn't want anyone in their organizations to protest.

At his burial, a military honor guard met my father's flag-draped casket.

CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to last year, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010. But does the NFL's call for unity mean that the side standing up against racial injustice must come together with the side that tells them their experiences don't matter? 24 Notre Dame in his first start on Sept. 9.

The national anthem wasn't always played before sporting events. "We should never forget what it stands for". "It's a big deal for us to honor America".

But I hold no grudge against Francis Scott Key. Sports should be free from politics.

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