Lance Kendricks didn’t want to sit for anthem, felt he had to

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Packers tight end Lance Kendricks was not conditioned to do anything but stand for the national anthem.

But the combination of the devastation of Hurricane Maria that touched family members in Puerto Rico and President Donald Trump’s response to NFL players who kneeled for the national anthem made him do something he never thought he’d do.

Kendricks told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette about the reasons for his decision to sit for the anthem last week, and admitted that Donald Trump saying any “son of a bitch” who kneeled should be fired: “broke the camel’s back.”

Kendricks grew up in a military family, with uncles who served in Vietnam and a grandfather who fought in World War II. But he was mystified by Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, and fans’ response to players such as teammates Martellus Bennett who choose to protest during the anthem to call attention to issues of racial inequality and police brutality.

Kendricks knows his decision isn’t a popular one in many quarters, but he has been moved by current events. His wife’s family is struggling in Puerto Rico, and they unable to contact her grandfather for 10 days, only to find out he was hospitalized. So when people boo him, he wants them to understand why.

“As a diehard fan,” Kendricks says, “you might want to at least try to understand or do some research into it, and be like, ‘OK, I understand why he did what he did.’ As opposed to just automatically being like, ‘No, eff you guys. That was stupid. Stand up.’

“You wear this jersey at this bar, and you’re proud of what we’re doing on that field, and we’re busting our ass for you. But when we voice our opinion on a social issue, you’re against us?”

Kendricks said he might not have sat if not for remarks by Packers president Mark Murphy, who called Trump’s statements “divisive and offensive” and said it was “unfortunate” he misused his platform. In a state that swung red in last year’s elections, that was significant.

But it wasn’t an easy decision for Kendricks, and he said Bennett thanked him for joining him in protest last week. Bennett has been standing with a fist in the air.

“It’s hard to stand for something,” Bennett said, “when you’re standing by yourself. It’s easy to stand for something when there’s a group of guys doing it, but when you believe in something so strongly that you’re willing to go out there and stand by yourself, it’s totally different.”

For Kendricks, that was a difficult decision. But after making his stand by sitting last week, he wanted people to know why.

63 responses to “Lance Kendricks didn’t want to sit for anthem, felt he had to

  1. “felt he had to”? If you have convictions in support of your country, you won’t feel pressured to disrespect it. C’mon dude, stand up and be counted!

  2. I admire any person that is willing to stand up (no pun intended) for what they believe is right at their own expense, inconvenience, or discomfort; even if my views don’t jibe with theirs. Anybody can be a sheep.

  3. Yeah, the mere fact that he had to come out and explain his kneeling should tell the players all they need to know…kneeling for the flag isn’t gaining anything anymore. You made your point, you have people asking for your thoughts and you have an audience listening.

    At what point do they stop kneeling because it isn’t helping their cause and instead actually start advancing the cause?

  4. I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
    — Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Aug. 26, 2016
    ———————
    It’s about the flag.

  5. So we offer high praise for Kendricks who’s not afraid to stand by himself… why not the same high praise for Jerry Jones who stands by himself in opposition to these protests?
    And I really doubt just because the man has family in Puerto Rico he knows much of anything at all about disaster response, emergency management etc. Yet he protests the federal response to the hurricane which clearly is because he doesn’t care for Trump. Think he’d even mention that topic if Obama was still in office? There were plenty of disasters during his term in office, and the point is it’s not who’s in office, it’s the fact that the federal machine is too big to move quickly

  6. It’s not that you can’t voice your opinion! Just don’t do it as we honor those who have fought and given their lives up for this country! Are all you pro athletes that stupid to realize why most of us get pissed? Stand up and honor our history, it’s not a time to create your own personal agenda! #IDIOTS

  7. we can’t have a conversation about inequalities and racism as long as people are protesting in order to have a conversation about inequalities and racism.

    – sarcasm

  8. So he’s against trump and that’s why he did it? Just add this to the growing list of reasons. Suffice to say that the reason for the protest is whatever is bothering the players on any given day. Really really really lost the message with this. If it was one reason, only one reason, and the reason never changed, I get it. But when there are 15 different reasons for the protest, it’s stupid

  9. People say a lot of dumb things, especially Trump lately. Does that mean you have to protest every time a politician says something stupid? If that were to happen then nothing would ever get done. Plus, how much does what a blowhard say really affect your life? None.

  10. Amazing how people can’t see the forest for the trees. A guy breaks it down nice and simple and people still act obtuse so they can blatantly refuse to see the inequality at work in this country. Every. Single. Day.

    They don’t want to hear about it.
    They don’t want to see anything related to it.
    They want to deny it exists.

    Because it’s not them or their family members suffering from the inequities of the system.

  11. You’re in green bay now, ask yourself what would Bart Starr do? And act accordingly. Protest on your time.

  12. People who say that these players are disrespecting the flag need to really do some research. It was definitely NOT. I believe that the original stance by the players starting with Kap has done a lot to raise some awareness of the issues. But I believe that it has also gone so a far as to have begun to be a divisive issue unto itself and brought enough misinformation out there mostly because of some people using it to score political points that now is the time to stand and just play football – this is from a person whose family served in both WW@ and Afghanistan.

  13. Isn’t it ALWAYS the case that President Trump is portrayed as being the CAUSE whenever he RETALIATES against the ORIGINATOR of the situation? Case in point: Kneeling (or sitting) during the Anthem. STARTED with Kaepernick over a YEAR ago, clearly DEVISIVE, yet it’s President Trump who is assigned BLAME as being DEVISIVE when he issues a tweet AGAINST it! Clearly many NFL players failed their LOGIC courses (assuming they even attended any). SMH!

  14. It amazing how few people care about these knuckleheads.
    Sit, kneel, do whatever, but there is no clear message to the protests and all it has done is alienate fans.

  15. The anthem is about more than the military. The anthem unites us all with a feeling of a common cause. No nation is sustainable without patriots united in common cause; without it, no one cares (or really should care) about anyone else here, any more than they care about people in foreign lands.

    For me, when someone sits for the anthem, they are saying “Screw your common cause. What we care about is our own subculture.”

  16. Trump is literally pulling these guys chains. Do they understand with each week the pull this nonsense they get more and more people saying, at least Trump is standing up to this. The only divisiveness comes from these players. None of them have a specific cause, and if they do it’s nothing close to what the others who are kneeling for. At this point, I think they’re kneeling cause Trump called them out. Little do they understand they’re jumping through his hoops and he’s gaining support, and selling more tickets to his second term.

  17. It is confusing. But we do know the protests are not about the troops and not about the flag. That’s just smoke and mirrors to fuel fake outrage, and divert attention.

  18. fordman84 says:
    October 13, 2017 at 9:09 am
    At what point do they stop kneeling because it isn’t helping their cause and instead actually start advancing the cause?
    ________________________________

    It doesn’t matter anymore. The NFL goose is cooked. Half this country will never look at these people the same way again.

    We are now aware and awake.

  19. When players first starting sitting during the anthem, I was offended by their actions because I was raised to believe that not standing (with your hand over your heart) was disrespectful to the flag and to all those who fought for it.

    However, I recently had a chance to talk with a veteran of active duty in the Vietnam war (or conflict, whatever you want to call it). I asked him for his opinion on the whole issue, and he said that doesn’t believe the players are being disrespectful, and the reason that he fought was to preserve their right to protest if they so choose. He said he believes the media is blowing it out of proportion, and if they would quit harping on it, it would fade away and people would find other ways to air their views.

    I never disputed the player’s right to demonstrate in support of their beliefs – I just felt that they chose an inappropriate forum for their demonstrations. But, if a decorated veteran (purple heart) is ok with it, then that’s good enough for me.

    I still wish the players would select a different venue to air their grievances, but I’ll no longer oppose their decision to sit during the anthem if they so choose.

  20. Please continue all this stubborn, whiny, grossly misguided nonsense. It will cement my boycott of you ignorant millionaires, and force me to find something Better to do with my time.

  21. No Lance, we bust our a$$ for you! We work 60 hours a week to overpay for tickets to come see a game we love. A game you get paid an unrealistic amount of money to play because we buy tickets. It’s getting harder and harder to justify as tickets get more and more expensive so be grateful and get it straight…..enjoy it while it last and I hope you can look back on more enjoyable memories and not just being able to protest against America while playing America’s game…

  22. “We’re busting our ass for you.”
    Dont do me any favors! you do it for the money we both know it…thats why you bust your ass. And if you dont want to do it, someone else behind you is more than willing and ready to take your spot and all that money

  23. this comment section is an example of why these protest are needed. You have a guy who is saying just listen to why I’m doing what I’m doing if you are a fan and not one person here sympathized one bit. Of course we understand that the most ignorant are the first to speak so this is not the opinion of everyone but it does paint the picture of what these guys are up against.

  24. alanmargu says:
    The anthem unites us all with a feeling of a common cause.

    You really should read the third verse of the National Anthem – And them tell me how ‘united’ you would feel if you were African American. (Making the presumptive assumption that you are not).

  25. faaast1 says:
    October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
    Please continue all this stubborn, whiny, grossly misguided nonsense. It will cement my boycott of you ignorant millionaires, and force me to find something Better to do with my time.
    __________________
    You’re “boycotting” on the wrong website.

  26. Considering we have a president who doesn’t seem to care about Puerto Rico, presumably because they can’t vote in elections, who sided with the white supremacists in Charlottesville, who is threatening to take health care away from many millions of people, who apparently does nothing all day but tweet fake news, watch FOX and play golf, might have colluded with Russia to steal the election, has alienated our allies around the world left and right, it’s hard to feel patriotic at all any more. I’m all for sitting for the National Anthem if it makes a statement that people are disgusted with where this country is headed and we’re angry as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.

  27. Because anyone with half a functional brain doesn’t like to have their rights taken away by a North Korea want-to-be

  28. Please stop with the disrespect to the military comments. The flag does not just belong to the military but to all of us. We all serve our country by paying taxes and raising our children to be good citizens. Teachers serve, first responders serve.

    Those of you who have not been the victim of discrimination will never understand. And it is not for any of you to tell victims how to protest.

  29. For all those that want to say the genesis of this “protest” bs was not to disrespect the flag need to review Kap’s comments when he did so you stop looking like idiots.

  30. he lost me at “we’re busting our ass for you.”

    how much of your salary is going to my bank account? do I get a raise when you score a touchdown? if you laid down on your route, does it really affect me that much? I’m pretty sure I have to go to my real job Monday morning regardless.

    let’s be clear. we don’t owe you a thing. you are entertainment and paid handsomely for it because the fans have made the sport what it is today.

    to be fair, you don’t owe us a thing. but calling the entire league smart is a bit of reach. these are the same people that couldn’t collectively stay out of trouble for 100 days, but since fl0ri0 doesn’t have a backbone anymore, he took down the arrest meter cuz some scatterbrained mcdonalds-lovin wr called him out on it.

    players keep opening their mouths, and distancing themselves from the fans.

  31. So you just admitted that you kneeled because of The Don.

    Don tweets, then people trigger & twitch.

    Gotta be tougher than that.

  32. A raised fist is a sign of solidarity, kneeling is a form of protest (even if I may not care for the form that’s chosen), sitting is flat out disrespectful. There is no defense or justification for sitting.

  33. NFL players and their defenders need to shut up with the “try to understand” argument. People do understand. We understand why you’re sitting or kneeling. It’s just that many of us happen to disagree with your message or disagree with the way you’ve chosen to deliver that message. These guys are so arrogant that they can’t understand that another human may fundamentally and intellectually disagree with them. Instead it’s “if you don’t agree with me than you must be doing something wrong”

  34. “You wear this jersey at this bar, and you’re proud of what we’re doing on that field, and we’re busting our ass for you. But when we voice our opinion on a social issue, you’re against us?”

    I think Mr. Kendrick just pointed out was his decision to sit is wrong.

    He admits that fans are proud of what players do on the field – he’s correct on that.

    Very few, if any fans, have a problem with any of the players voicing their opinions on social issues. As fans, most of us wholeheartedly support your rights to do so.

    But when you choose to voice your opinions on the field when you’re supposed to be “making us proud”, you are actually acting out like a spoiled child.

    And that does not make us proud.

    A sensible person would understand that this is the wrong place and the wrong time to be conducting personal business.

  35. Those pictures of NFL Employees protesting the United States on foreign soil will something we can never erase from our memory, no matter what the league comes up with, that is a turd stain on the league and it’s most visible employees.

  36. Typical sconnie thinking anyone else in the world gives two flips what their opinion is on anything.

    If we want social or political commentary we will watch a debate, telethon, interview etc. We don’t watch football to listen to Sports Entertainment majors tell us how we need to fix our country.

    The flag isn’t for whites, it isn’t for blacks, it isn’t for Trump supporters, it isn’t for Hillary supports, it’s not for the govenrnment and it’s not for the military either. It’s for our country, the one that lets you protest and express yourself in any way you see fit, and while technically that includes sitting for the anthem, it’s poor taste and disgusting to use the one opportunity that is most acutely identified with showing respect for said country to protest said country. All you do is lose all credibility and massive amount of support from those who may otherwise be inclined to listen to you.

  37. Doesn’t matter if you explain yourself. People who have never experienced anything you are protesting will never believe there is a problem. It will never matter HOW or WHERE or WHEN you protest ignorant people will never try to understand and they WILL always have a problem with it.

  38. “People say a lot of dumb things, especially Trump lately. Does that mean you have to protest every time a politician says something stupid? If that were to happen then nothing would ever get done. Plus, how much does what a blowhard say really affect your life? None.”

    Regarding that last question…probably about as much as it affects those that watch someone not stand for the anthem.

  39. I thought you people were ignoring the NFL? I didn’t realize ignoring consisted of still whining in the comments of every article.

  40. “You wear this jersey at this bar, and you’re proud of what we’re doing on that field, and we’re busting our ass for you. But when we voice our opinion on a social issue, you’re against us?”

    Are NFL players really this dumb or does CTE set in earlier than we thought?

    It’s not that you are voicing your opinion, it’s when you are doing it!

  41. All of my professional sports gear is in the basement. I won’t advertise for them on my chest any more. I watch the Packers, but no other professional football. I have been a Packer fan all of my life, and still am, and that is bigger than the current Packer leadership and the players like this one. So these guys are just stand ins until we can get some real Americans back on the team. These guys were beloved in Wisconsin, and now they are just entertainers who I have no care or respect for. Get hurt, who cares, get someone new.

  42. why is it hard to follow your protest??? because every player is protesting something different. that is not an organized protest trying to rally behind something they think needs to be changed, it players looking for any excuse to get back at trump.

  43. “You wear this jersey at this bar, and you’re proud of what we’re doing on that field, and we’re busting our ass for you. But when we voice our opinion on a social issue, you’re against us?”

    Uhhhyh no! a man making millions to play a few football games is entertaining me. The staff at the mentioned bars are the ones busting their ass for me and probably making minimum wage doing it. Don’t want your opion bro, just PLAY the game.

  44. Here’s all you need to know Fox Market Cap is down $3.8 B , year over year ratings are down 7% . NFL approval ratings are down 31% . If it continues the players will get hit in the pocketbook .

    NFLPA it’s your move and your members income

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