Kyler Murray isn’t holding back

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On Wednesday, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said he’ll kneel during the anthem in 2020. And when an Instagram user criticized Murray for his stance, the normally quiet and reserved signal-caller got blunt and candid.

You think I give a f–k?” Murray said.

Murray said much more on Wednesday regarding the issues raised by this unique moment in American history. His words should be read and heeded by all.

“[F]or me being a black man in America, if it’s wrong I’m gonna say it’s wrong,” Murray said. “I feel like, personally, it’s on everybody to hold each other accountable. But more so, for me, if you’re white and you got white friends that feel this certain type of way or don’t understand what’s going on, it’s on you to educate them, as well as black, Hispanic, any other ethnicity.

“If you have any racist friends, it’s on you to stop that immediately and let them know why that’s not right, or what’s wrong with the way they think or just opening their eyes and allowing them to understand what’s wrong with their thought process because, to be honest, I mean, we’re all human. And I feel like we should all be treated equally. I don’t get the debate on why everyone should be treated equally because of their skin color. It doesn’t make sense to me, but it is what it is right now. We’re trying to fix that.”

Indeed we are. And the resistance to the basic notion that it’s long overdue for the promise of America to be equally applied to all Americans is mind boggling. But the resistance is definitely there. Read the comments attached to any PFT post that touches on this issue. (And you perhaps should read them while you can.) Check out Twitter, which some in the media actually believe is a crock pot of left-wing attitudes. Spoiler: It’s definitely not.

In 2020 America, there is rampant hate and resentment and anything but a clear acknowledgement that all races are entitled to the same treatment. It’s disheartening, frankly, that so many people are yelling and screaming against such basic concepts.

“It’s been going on for hundreds of years and everybody knows it but it’s always been just kind of a deal we just look past and just act like what . . .  there’s always been this elephant in the room, but at the end of the day now I feel like there is change coming and I feel like, me especially, I stand for what’s right, I always have,” Murray said. “Regardless of my skin color, if it’s right it’s right. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. It’s not hard to see. And what’s been happening is definitely wrong.”

It really is that simple. As said in the days after George Floyd’s murder, either you support equality in this country or you don’t. There’s no middle ground. And it’s no longer good enough to passively support equality, because that approach tacitly tolerates the opposition to it.

“It’s not enough to just not be racist,” Murray said. “We got to be anti-racist, you got to hold everybody accountable because at the end of the day that’s really what it comes down to is everyone holding each other accountable.”

Amen to all of that, and kudos to a young man who is poised to become the NFL’s next big thing being willing to say what he believes. The sad part is that comments like this shouldn’t be regarded as brave; they should be regarded as obvious.

37 responses to “Kyler Murray isn’t holding back

  1. Bravo young man! As a niners fan I cannot root for you on the field, but I am damn proud of you!

  2. The flag flies at half mast as symbol of respect, mourning, and or distress. Kneeling during the anthem is the personification of that symbol.

  3. Kneeling to me is so degrading but hey if he or any other players want to is fine by me.

  4. Collector dude – judging people based on skin tone is not human nature. It is taught and can be un-taught.

  5. That was refreshingly candid and all of it is true. For us white people who consider ourselves allies to this cause, which hopefully is ALL of us, being passively non-racist is not enough; we must all become anti-racist if we are going to move forward to a more just, kind, decent, peaceful world. Call it out. Have the difficult conversation with your racist Uncle. Don’t simply look away when your buddy tells the racist joke. Be conscious of your own implicit bias and accept that we all have it and we can all be better. This isn’t an issue of politics, but one of basic human decency. Cheers. Go Hawks!

  6. The “with us, or against us” attitude is not productive. It’s MOB mentality. People resent not being able to have an opinion. Racism is not an American problem. It is a human problem. It will not be cured by a totalitarian mindset.

  7. I have to admit that when CK started this thing I was wildly against it. I realize now that they are not kneeling to disrespect the flag, but rather to bring attention to a problem so prevalent and horrible that only an act of very CIVIL disobedience will get white America’s attention. I hope they keep it up until there is real change. I don’t ever want to watch a man die again like I watched George Floyd.

  8. If you opinion is rooted in racism and ignorance, is not a good or valid opinion. You can have it, but you can’t have it without consequence anymore.

    Feel what you want to feel. But yeah if you’re for white supremacy, you’re wrong. Period.

  9. If you disagree with kneeling when the US flag is presented, that doesn’t mean you are a racist. Believ it or not, being proud of your country is a valid line of thinking.

    But most athletes, like Murray, just curse out people and attack them if they have a different opinion. There is no room for discussion.

  10. Comes down to personal responsibility if you want to succeed. Also for each person when they interact with others. There needs to be respect given to all people of all colors.

  11. Players certainly can do what they want.

    Fans of the sport can decide how they want to spend their money.

    Let’s see what happens.

  12. Very Classy Kyler. I remember when professional players had the good sense to conduct themselves in a professional manner and not drop the F bomb.

  13. jetsfan says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:23 am
    If you disagree with kneeling when the US flag is presented, that doesn’t mean you are a racist. Believ it or not, being proud of your country is a valid line of thinking.

    But most athletes, like Murray, just curse out people and attack them if they have a different opinion. There is no room for discussion.

    Agreed. If kneeling had occurred at another time other than during the National Anthem, would have been fine, but players don;t want to hear that.

  14. @jetsfan – clearly you are an open minded patriot….NOT. There is always room for discussion, hence, the 1st amendment.

  15. 49ersgoldstandard says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:05 am
    Stunning and brave.

    The definition of BRAVE has deteriorated rapidly the last 20 years.

  16. “You think I give a f–k?” Murray said
    *************
    That my friends, is a leader speaking. Unapologetic and firm in his commitment.

    Today, every thinking American is Kyler Murray!

    Thank you young man. You are gaining fans.

  17. “You think I give a f–k?” Murray said
    *************
    That my friends, that is a leader speaking. Unapologetic and firm in his commitment.

    Today, every thinking American is Kyler Murray!

    Thank you young man. You are gaining fans

  18. jetsfan says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:23 am
    If you disagree with kneeling when the US flag is presented, that doesn’t mean you are a racist. Believ it or not, being proud of your country is a valid line of thinking.

    But most athletes, like Murray, just curse out people and attack them if they have a different opinion. There is no room for discussion.

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    The same could be said for the other side that instantly jump to the conclusion and still keep the thinking that kneeling is only against the flag. Despite the hundreds of times that they were told what it was about, so in order for it to be room for discussions then first one must be willing to listen.

  19. @Tashan Harrison

    If kneeling during the flag presentation isnt about the flag, then why kneel during the flag presentation? That would mean their actions are not consistent with their message. That seems to only strengthen the argument of those against the kneeling.

    Most people view the flag as a representation of IDEALS. Will we always meet those ideals? No, of course not. But for a lot of people, standing for the flag means you are standing up for those ideals.

  20. Kyler sees the dollar signs in being a professional victim. Kaepernick paved the way, we will now have more and more of this.

  21. I’ll ask this question again. If he feels so strongly about it why didn’t he kneel last year? It wasn’t quite as fashionable then. Was it? But it’s so much easier now that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon.

  22. ‘His words should be read and heeded by all.’ Where to begin?
    ‘Do you think I give a f–k?
    For many, this is a legitimate conversation ender.

  23. He’ll be out of the league in less than five years…and broke within ten. Thanks for sharing your opinion runt.

  24. correctingerrors says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:03 am
    Collector dude – judging people based on skin tone is not human nature. It is taught and can be un-taught.

    _______

    This cannot be overstated. My 3 year son has friends of every color/ethnicity in his daycare. They love each other and look at one another no differently than anyone else. It’s taught and therefore can be untaught.

  25. If Murray wants to make a difference, why don’t he and all of his buddies who want to kneel give up their multi million dollar jobs in the NFL and join the police. If they think the police are filled with a bunch of racist bullies the only way to change that is to replace them with a bunch of “leaders” like Murray.

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