American sports return, and all players kneeled during the anthem

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As the NBA, the NHL, and MLB grind toward an eventual return, the National Women’s Soccer League became the first American sports league to take to the field during the pandemic. On Saturday, the 22 players of the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts and kneeled during the national anthem.

It was an unprecedented moment in American sports, and it provides another data point in advance of the NFL season.

More leagues will play more games between now and September 10; if the gesture of the players on the Courage and the Thorns becomes the norm, kneeling during the anthem during NFL games will be regarded not as shocking but as commonplace. Which will take considerable steam out of the attacks that will be made on NFL players, coaches, etc. for kneeling.

62 responses to “American sports return, and all players kneeled during the anthem

  1. It’s so courageous and powerful to follow the angry mob. I can see change happening right now. I see more statues vandalized, more businesses looted, major corporations are moving away from certain cities, and boycotts galore. This will definitely improve our country. Nothing screams unification and equality like cancel culture and double standards.

  2. Herd mentality in its purest form. As if the act of kneeling during the anthem will do anything to solve the actual problems. More likely, it will just perpetuate and amplify the sudden culture of looting and burning and demanding.

  3. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    It’s so courageous and powerful to follow the angry mob. I can see change happening right now. I see more statues vandalized, more businesses looted, major corporations are moving away from certain cities, and boycotts galore. This will definitely improve our country. Nothing screams unification and equality like cancel culture and double standards.
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    And as long as people like you exist, players will kneel

  4. its so profound that no news media here in North Carolina where i live has given this any coverage at all.
    none.

  5. I love that Americans with archaic beliefs systems are able to bear witness to their own descent into obsolescence.

  6. This time next year, some NFL linebacker or left tackle will stand up during the national anthem and put his hand over his heart to protest some damn thing and then everyone else who’s been kneeling since mid-2020 will get their panties in bunch and next, boom, away we go again.

  7. If there kneeling and its not against the flag or the military, then why kneel then???? Kneel some other time…

  8. Everyone kneeling is akin to using a highlighter and highlighting everything in a book – at that point it defeats the purpose.

    What’s more important is what these individuals are doing in their communities when they are NOT kneeling – and as of today that impact has been very negligible. Kneeling takes a few minutes, effecting change requires a commitment.

  9. Not sure how this is relevant to the NFL. NFL players have been kneeling for the past several years, and while people may be more aware of social injustice, there has been little to no action to fix it.

  10. delaney smith says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    its so profound that no news media here in North Carolina where i live has given this any coverage at all.
    none.
    ___________

    I hear the cops down there are alright.

  11. How about less kneeling and rioting, and more replacing the dead beats in politics. How about some of these people run for office. And how about some others o through the olive academy.

    Then I’ll be impressed.

    In the past 2 weeks 2 top “leaders” leading BLM groups went through police training and had a different take when they had to decide what to do.

  12. Racism is a herd mentality too.

    So crazy that out of the entire situation, all you can see is the looting aftermath. So, to hell with the catalyst of it all? I guess you can’t see either that being dismissive is also pretending that nothing is wrong. Kneeling during the anthem is done because it is an opportune time for more people to see the protest act and remind them of the issue. It’s actually brilliant. Just look at the coverage it has generated.

  13. If unjust killings by overzealous and racist police officers decline and stiffer penalties rise for those that do kill, then the protests will decline. So, I say keep it up until we see those trends come to fruition.

  14. delaney smith says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    its so profound that no news media here in North Carolina where i live has given this any coverage at all.
    none.
    ______
    Know why?

  15. It seems as though the women are more brave than the men. Good on them.

    Now everybody knows that kneeling has nothing to do with the flag. That lie has been put to bed for all but the most ignorant.

  16. “How about less kneeling and rioting, and more replacing the dead beats in politics.”

    I’m with you about the rioting and getting rid of the deadbeats in politics. The kneeling is peaceful and respectful

  17. One question. Over Fathers day weekend in Chicago 16 people were murdered and over 100 were shot including children ages 3 and 13. Where is the outrage? I’m confused.

  18. 1) American Sports returned??? A wise man once said..” If you can’t bet on it, It Ain’t a sport”
    2) Big deal! It doesn’t take guts to join a mob and jump on the pile.

  19. Good for the women. Hopefully the men will soon follow. Nothing stirs up the racists more than black people protesting.

  20. Can’t wait for the first game, kneeling is the new normal. All the cro magnons heads will explode and I’ll enjoy the comments

  21. Yep, you are definitely confused. That’s the only thing you’ve ever been right about. Congratulations?!

  22. Yeah, it’s kind of cool that a simple gesture like that gets the racists all riled up. Good. Shine the light on them.

  23. Thank God for real Americans like Drew, J.J. and Kaepernick. Had everyone listened to Kap 4 years ago, the events after the murder of George Floyd would not have happened, because the murder would not have happen. Too bad he is too young to be president, but Kap would be a great one. Maybe in four years. President Kaepernick and Vice President Brees has a great ring to it.

  24. They lost me at the Marxist revolution tear down the history and burn America part. I’ll be standing thank you.

  25. For those who say that the pro leagues need racist whites to buy tickets and prosper, wrong. The pro leagues first need talent. In the cases of the NFL and NBA, most of that talent comes from great black athletes. Losing them would be more detrimental and these commissioners know it.

  26. theitalianarmy says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm
    One question. Over Fathers day weekend in Chicago 16 people were murdered and over 100 were shot including children ages 3 and 13. Where is the outrage? I’m confused.
    ___________

    The killers in Chicago (if caught) will go to jail, possibly for life. People are protesting because cops kill and get away with it. What is there to be confused about?

  27. delaney smith says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    its so profound that no news media here in North Carolina where i live has given this any coverage at all.
    none.

    ________________

    Wasn’t 3 officers just fired in North Carolina because they wanted a civil war to start just so they could kill black people? So North Carolina is not the best example.

  28. So they kneeled. So what? Did tjey change the course of tje world? Or is it the same as yestetday and will be tomorrow? Yeah I thought so. Accomplished zero.

  29. It is time for the american public to turn there backs on these ungrateful so called athlete’s
    they aren’t worth the money that they are being paid to play a game. That is one reason why ESPN is tanking, Entertainment Sports Political Network

  30. To protect players from the consequences of either choice, they should be required to remain in the locker room during the anthem
    .

  31. Sports and politics don’t mix, just look at ESPN’s 41 year low ratings for “Wokecenter”

  32. I was born in Wisconsin but from age 8 to age 23 I lived in Memphis TN. My standard line has always been “I grew up in Memphis but I escaped.”

    Almost always, someone will look around furtively and loudly whisper “Because of all the blacks?”

    Then I look around just as furtively and whisper just as loudly “No, because of all the rednecks.”

    The commentary of late further reinforces my utter joy at being away from there.

  33. latothebay says:
    June 27, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    History’s gonna look at these comments and cringe.

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    History and others in the future will cringe more over the Anthem protests, tearing down statues of the Founding Fathers, ditching Aunt Jemima, and Oregon and Oregon St. ditching the term “civil war” to describe their football rivalry.

  34. If all players from both teams kneel during the anthem, doesn’t that diminish the effect of the act? One or two players kneeling stands out because they aren’t doing what everyone else is. If everyone kneels, no one “stands out.” It has the same effect as everyone standing for the anthem.

  35. radar8 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 5:57 pm
    “How about less kneeling and rioting, and more replacing the dead beats in politics.”

    I’m with you about the rioting and getting rid of the deadbeats in politics. The kneeling is peaceful and respectful

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    Kneeling is respectful when it isn’t done during the Anthem. Labeling the idea of not standing for the Anthem as respectful is like saying prayer bashing is Christian.

  36. realamerican says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    Thank God for real Americans like Drew, J.J. and Kaepernick. Had everyone listened to Kap 4 years ago, the events after the murder of George Floyd would not have happened, because the murder would not have happen. Too bad he is too young to be president, but Kap would be a great one. Maybe in four years. President Kaepernick and Vice President Brees has a great ring to it.

    ————

    Had Kaep used a protest strategy that wasn’t divisive/ignorant, people would’ve listened.

  37. bkinacti0n says:
    June 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm
    theitalianarmy says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm
    One question. Over Fathers day weekend in Chicago 16 people were murdered and over 100 were shot including children ages 3 and 13. Where is the outrage? I’m confused.
    ___________

    The killers in Chicago (if caught) will go to jail, possibly for life. People are protesting because cops kill and get away with it. What is there to be confused about?

    —————-

    Conviction rate for a Homicide in a major city is about 25%. A witness will use their ‘get out of jail’ card if they (themselves) get arrested. We were ORDERED to ask anyone we arrested if they witnessed or knew anyone who witnessed a murder. FIRST QUESTION, after pedigree (name. DOB etc). DO, you want inner city murderers to go to jail LOL. Been there. The people of the inner city ALL say the same thing. ALL. Cops are in their way and being in the wrong plaxe/time or ‘the life’ is the real fear.

    Most of Americal has NO clue. Walk into a Hood. I WILL. Unarmed. No problem. I know how to talk and I have done the walk. They know the good guys from the bad guys (cops and perps).

    I challenge ANY SJW to WALK THE WALK. Do a ride along in the South Bronx, East NY, Memphis , St Louis, Baltimore or DC. My partner and I were the chosen ones (college grads) for the ride along program. Only 2 of 8 made it through the tour and one of them I escorted her to her dorm room and she is probably STILL suffering from PTSD.

    I would NEVER condone choking, sitting on a head or shooting at someone running away. 99% of us, those thoughts don’t even enter our minds. Yet WE’RE the problem. NO the 1% is. FIX THAT. Like the looters. FIX THAT. Two extremes with the rest of us STUCK in the middle.

  38. Tommie Smith and John Carlos said been there done all this back in the day. Now in the 52 years since then ya think we coulda figured this out?

  39. Just stop playing the anthem before sporting events. Kneelers will never understand that you can be against racism and against kneeling for the anthem. Problems aren’t solved by poking the guy with another opinion in the eye.

  40. stubborndata says:
    June 27, 2020 at 1:54 pm
    Good. More kneeling. Drive boomer mentality into the darkness where it belongs

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    I will give Boomers this..,… they actually got off their behinds and did something about it. All I see this generation do is…… well…… take a knee…..

  41. realamerican: I’m sorry, I assume you mean well but if you seriously believe what you just wrote then… that level of naivete is truly frightening. God help America.

  42. I love that Americans with archaic beliefs systems are able to bear witness to their own descent into obsolescence.

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    Believe that at your own peril. The silent majority has not spoken yet but there will be a reckoning and you won’t like the results. We are losing patience with the utter stupidity and violence. It will end. If not by political leadership then by the people

  43. No matter WHAT people do to call out social injustice, certain people say “Well if they would only do it THIS way it would be okay.”

    Then, as soon as they DO “do it this way,” those same certain people say “Well if they only did it THAT way, it would be okay.”

    Then, as soon as they DO “do it that way,” those same certain people say “Well if they only did it the OTHER way, it would be okay.”

    On and on and on. There’s always a qualifier. The goalposts continually move. It would be comical if it weren’t so woefully, damnably sad.

  44. Nike lost $790 million after making Colin the face of the company. Nuff said, mic drop.

  45. I’ve always seen bending ones knee to someone as a sign of weakness … why not something more strong like link arms and pray to the heavens …

  46. eagles1010 says:
    If there kneeling and its not against the flag or the military, then why kneel then???? Kneel some other time…
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    They’re kneeling to call attention to the police killing unarmed black men. This is similar to when Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River, because he felt like an unwelcome guest in his own country. He still couldn’t get served in a restaurant. That type of segregation is now illegal (except for baking wedding cakes for LGBTQ people). But the defacto Jim Crow police behavior is still alive and well.

    It’s sad that I have to explain this.

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