Navy SEALs cut ties with museum over anti-Kaepernick video

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Videos that went viral this week showing dogs attacking a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick video were intended to be part of a fundraiser for the National Navy SEAL Museum, but the videos were denounced by the Navy and resulted in the Navy SEALs cutting ties with the independent museum.

Rear Admiral Collin Green, the commander of the Navy SEALs, said the videos were unacceptable because they implied that Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem made him an enemy of America.

“Each and every one of us serves to protect our fellow Americans – ALL Americans. Even the perception that our commitment to serving the men and women of this nation is applied unevenly is destructive,” Green wrote in an email to his forces, according to the Associated Press.

Green said the Department of Defense previously had a relationship with the Navy SEAL Museum but would cut ties until it was satisfied that incidents like that would not happen again.

“While the museum is an independent non-profit organization and the participants were contracted employees from outside the DoD, in many ways, these facts are irrelevant. We have been inextricably linked to this organization that represents our history,” Green said. “We may not have contributed to the misperception in this case, but we suffer from it and will not allow it to continue.”

The videos, which have had millions of views this week, showed men with guns, wearing tactical gear, ordering dogs to attack a man wearing a Kaepernick jersey.

22 responses to “Navy SEALs cut ties with museum over anti-Kaepernick video

  1. The videos were inappropriate. I hope the museum rectifies the action and re-establishes a relationship with the SEALS. Too much divisiveness right now in our country. This is a time for people to come together, not drift further apart. There is room for differing points of view without vitriol and hatred.

  2. You can disagree with CK without resorting to the sort of stupidity that this museum just did. What did they think was going to happen? How did they think the SEAL’s would respond? People just love shooting themselves in the foot. Debate and disagreement make the world go ’round, but you gotta be intelligent about it.

  3. If every person that ever was a Navy Seal was asked how they felt about this my guess is that CK’s behavior would be seen as more unacceptable than the what was seen on this video.

  4. Smithers, release the hounds

    Funny enough, not to imply that this is a laughing matter, the executive who green-lighted this video probably is a wealthy, cruel Mr Burns type while the yes-man who directed it is most likely a sycophant just like Smithers

  5. Rear Admiral Collin Green, the commander of the Navy SEALs, said the videos were unacceptable because they implied that Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem made him an enemy of America.
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    Exactly. Our country was founded on protest and dissent. Complacency should never be our goal. Speaking out about injustices is part of trying to make our country better, and that should be something we always strive for.

  6. Good.
    I’m tired of those among us claiming to be mad at ‘snowflakes’ and being hurt over every little things are called on being the ones constantly hurt, mad, and re-hashing every single wrong they perceive done to them.
    …yet AGAIN. Stop acting like offensive dorks, stop getting treated like offensive dorks.

    Good on the Marines.

  7. pwellz says:
    August 5, 2020 at 7:57 am
    Christ, people have lost their minds. Props to the navy for denouncing this insanity.
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    The problem with people like you and others is that you/they have never watched videos of the bodies lined up on the beaches of Normandy during WWII.. I challenge ANYBODY to watch what those men sacrificed for America and then tell me that kneeling is okay.. There are other ways to get their SJW messages out there..

  8. beachsidejames says:
    August 5, 2020 at 7:25 am
    If every person that ever was a Navy Seal was asked how they felt about this my guess is that CK’s behavior would be seen as more unacceptable than the what was seen on this video.

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    Man, you just don’t get it.

    I don’t like CK either, and I don’t care for what he did. However, I will stand and and defend his right to do it. Freedom of speech doesn’t just apply to stuff you or I agree with.

    The 1st ammendment protects you from governmental action for your speech. The military swears an oath to protect the constitutional rights of citizens, the video thet describe insinuates tne military attacking a citizen for their speech.

    Look, my wife , brother in law, and sister are all cops. CK has insulted them with his pig socks and ignorant comments multiple times, and by way of that insulted me. I have more reasons to dislike him than most people , and I do. That doesn’t mean I get to take his rights away, or even joke about that.

  9. I’ve always been proud of my time in the Navy, but this makes me more proud!!! BZ Seals!!! HOOYAH Navy!!!

  10. Yes it was in poor taste to have the guy in the video wearing a CK jersey. However…

    From a different perspective, the people in the video are obviously a group of military and or law enforcement. If they came up with the idea and no one stopped it does that tell us something what this community thinks about his actions? I wonder…for every veteran who the media tells us support what Kaep did, how many don’t support it that we don’t hear about who would prefer a different form of protest?

  11. The SEALS commander did not say that kneeling is OK. His letter said that those who serve do so to protect the rights of all citizens. People have a right to kneel during the anthem. Others have a right to disagree with those who exercise that right. And those who kneel should be prepared for the consequences of their actions. Those consequences don’t include being attacked by dogs.

  12. topcide says:
    August 5, 2020 at 9:20 am
    beachsidejames says:
    August 5, 2020 at 7:25 am
    If every person that ever was a Navy Seal was asked how they felt about this my guess is that CK’s behavior would be seen as more unacceptable than the what was seen on this video.

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    Man, you just don’t get it.

    I don’t like CK either, and I don’t care for what he did. However, I will stand and and defend his right to do it. Freedom of speech doesn’t just apply to stuff you or I agree with.

    The 1st ammendment protects you from governmental action for your speech. The military swears an oath to protect the constitutional rights of citizens, the video thet describe insinuates tne military attacking a citizen for their speech.

    Look, my wife , brother in law, and sister are all cops. CK has insulted them with his pig socks and ignorant comments multiple times, and by way of that insulted me. I have more reasons to dislike him than most people , and I do. That doesn’t mean I get to take his rights away, or even joke about that.

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    I think you don’t get the other side of the issue. Sure he has his rights, no question. Where people on the other side of the issue get upset is the method he is using.

    Kind of like the protests we are seeing now. People get, or are starting to get the actual issue, but no one condones a violent protest or looting as the method to get it done. People get Kaep’s movement, just not everyone agrees that kneeling for the anthem is the way to get it across.

  13. Nick Name says:
    August 5, 2020 at 9:34 am
    Yes it was in poor taste to have the guy in the video wearing a CK jersey. However…

    From a different perspective, the people in the video are obviously a group of military and or law enforcement. If they came up with the idea and no one stopped it does that tell us something what this community thinks about his actions? I wonder…for every veteran who the media tells us support what Kaep did, how many don’t support it that we don’t hear about who would prefer a different form of protest?
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    The people who made the video have the same right to express themselves as Mr. Kaepernick does. And they have the right to disagree, even in poor taste, with the manner in which Mr. Kaepernick expressed his views. And people who don’t like the video have the right to distance themselves from the organization that put it out there. Freedom can be messy, but that’s the way it works.

  14. Kudos to the Navy for standing up for Americans. Standing up for freedom. Standing up for the constitution.

  15. As a multiple tour vet I had no problem with anyone kneeling.

    The right to do so was what I served to protect.

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