Derek Wolfe: If you don’t think America is greatest country, why do you stay?

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NFL players were active on social media on Saturday in response to President Donald Trump urging NFL teams to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneels during the playing of the national anthem and they were uniformly negative about the President’s point of view.

Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe issued a statement via Josina Anderson of ESPN on Sunday that read quite a bit differently. Wolfe didn’t say that any players who protest, as his teammate Brandon Marshall did last season, should be fired but he did express his feeling that it is disrespectful and wondered why those who don’t believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world would stay here.

“I stand because I respect the men who died in real battle so I have the freedom to battle on the field. Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand. But everyone these days likes to find a reason to protest and that’s their right. It’s America and you are free to speak your mind. I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lived and it’s maybe the wrong platform. But like I said to each their own it’s AMERICA! The greatest country in the world and if you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay? A lot worse places in the world to call home. Proud to be an American.”

33 responses to “Derek Wolfe: If you don’t think America is greatest country, why do you stay?

  1. Soldiers didn’t die so you could stand up during the national anthem. They died so you have a choice to do so.

  2. America can still be the greatest country and improve. That’s one of the things that makes the country great. If you don’t like something, you can change it peacefully.

    You don’t have to leave as Derek implies.

  3. Easy to say when your rich and white in America. I don’t exactly agree with the platform the protesters are using but I don’t deny their reasons for doing so.

  4. You like the prez have chosen to ignore the “why” some are kneeling. Maybe you should inform yourself and then maybe you can help the pres out..
    They are not kneeling to “disrespect” the Flag but Respectfully protesting an issue in America that we can not lose sight of. If anyone wanted to disrespect the flag I think there are other more disrespectful ways of doing that, like burning, defacing and other things. The point is, maybe we should figure out why some are kneeling, address it, fix it and make this country a place where ALL are Proud to stand. How about that?

  5. Nobody is saying you don’t have a right to kneel they are just saying it is stupid. You have a right to soil yourself and walk around all day without changing your clothes, but it doesn’t mean that you should.

  6. Leaving a country permanently requires a visa, a job, tons of start-up cash, saying goodbye to everyone to know, possibly learning a foreign language, etc. This is a lame argument. I agree with the earlier post that said that–independent of our fallen soldiers who everyone respects and appreciates–freedom INCLUDES the right to kneel. It’s not disrespect; it’s a call to improve our already-great country.

  7. If you weren’t drafted then it’s your own choice to decide on the military as a job. I don’t put my hand over my heart for educators and that’s certainly a more important profession that deserves our respect. Oh, and I come from a military family so I’ll just say to this guy what you people say to Kaepernick and the rest: “Shut up and play football!”

  8. The flag represents our country in its entirety, good and bad. Requiring citizens to blindly show loyalty to that country or otherwise be punished is the American way????? Really? In truth, its a common theme in fascist regimes, not in supposedly democratic countries that supposedly have this crazy idea called freedom of speech and freedom of your choice of religion without fear of persecution.

  9. It is a great country, but it is not perfect and we can make it better. That is what makes it great. Our Constitution gives us the freedom to make it better.

  10. So people have their right to kneel, but he does not have his right to stand and have his own thoughts on this … That sounds like a double standard, if you expect people to understand and respect your thoughts, opinons, and views but discredit and tear apart his shame on you. Derek Wolfe say what is on your mind brother …

  11. A simple question from Derek Wolfe. One that liberals refuse to answer. Just like all those “celebs” that threatened to leave the USA if Trump was elected. We’re still waiting for those idiots to leave as well. For America, it would be addition by subtraction.

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