Dallas fans boo MLS players who kneel for anthem

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If/when the Cowboys host fans in 2020 and if/when some players or coaches kneel during the anthem, there’s a good chance they’re going to hear it.

Dallas and Nashville met last night in Texas as the MLS restarted its regular season in local markets. Via the Associated Press, a “smattering of boos” emerged as both teams kneeled during the national anthem. The reaction prompted a response from Dallas defender Reggie Cannon.

“You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me,” Cannon said after the game. “As a team we try to give the best possible product on the field and these last six months have been absolute hell for us. Absolute hell. . . .

“We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means. They don’t understand why we’re kneeling. They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones. It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is. . . . It hurts me because I love our fans, I love this club, and I want to see the support that the league has given us, that everyone has given us, from our fans.”

Cannon said that the players had asked that the anthem not be played.

The situation relevant to the NFL for obvious reasons, because it’s the first major American sporting event involving both kneeling and fans in attendance since the killing of George Floyd. It also underscores the needle through which Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is trying to cram a camel, using “grace” as the grease.

63 responses to “Dallas fans boo MLS players who kneel for anthem

  1. What did they expect. Everyone is going through hard times so he needs to stop whinning and man up. And it’s Texas. Texas has a huge Military population who have lost loved ones defending the flag and all that comes with it. Plus, Cannon asked for the anthem not be played?? Insane. When you disrespect the country as a whole, this is what is going to happen every game.

  2. Kneeling has nothing to do with the military. The national anthem is supposed to honor ALL Americans. When police murder people of color & nothing happens, people decided to protest bc ALL Americans are not being treated the same. It may also be time to start kneeling against corporations.

  3. “…We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means. They don’t understand why we’re kneeling. They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones. It’s incredibly frustrating….”
    ———————

    Yep, but this is the world we live in. The narrative has been co-opted and twisted. A peaceful protest is now “disrespect for veterans” which simply isn’t the intent and never was.

    And everyone has their right to their say in the matter. That’s what free speech is. I support the players and their right to protest. They shouldn’t let the boos get to them. Part of choices is living with the results.

  4. This isn’t disrespecting the country. This is calling attention to Americans that have been disrespected for way too long. That flag stands for everything American, a key piece being the right to peacefully protest, which kneeling is. If you don’t see that, you’re part of the problem.

  5. Good. Contrary to popular belief, it is still possible for people to have a different opinion regarding an issue isn’t it ?

  6. “We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means. They don’t understand why we’re kneeling. They can’t see the reason”

    Maybe you need to do a better job of communicating what exactly you are trying to accomplish.

  7. You want to kneel to call attention to your cause, Fine, do it at half time when you come back out of the tunnel.

    Do NOT do it during the National Anthem when you SHOULD be showing respect to YOUR flag and all the men and women who died to give you that right.

  8. Dallas fans fully support the First Amendment, just as long as your views mirror theirs. They’re still confused as to how it works.

  9. Wanna kneel during the national anthem then you will get boo’ed. If players can hate America then Americans can react

  10. —This isn’t disrespecting the country. This is calling attention to Americans that have been disrespected for way too long. That flag stands for everything American, a key piece being the right to peacefully protest, which kneeling is. If you don’t see that, you’re part of the problem.

    Well… Judging from the response the players received, They are going about it the wrong way and only alienating fellow Americans from the cause. Regardless how just the cause is. This behavior should not be allowed in Sports. There is currently enough awareness globally. What we need is action. And alienating fans from the sport is going to lead to the unemployment lines.. Especially for soccer

  11. I can think of no other country that has citizens disrespect their flag and national anthem like what happens in the USA. If this country is so bad why is it so many people are coming here for the american dream? If this country is so bad why haven’t these people gone somewhere else where it’s better? I understand the motivation but of all the times to do it I don’t believe that is the proper time. People are free to voice their displeasure for disrespecting this country. That’s how free speech works.

  12. Just as much as the players have the right to kneel people have the right to not appreciate the action. They’re not booing the anti racism stance they’re booing the choice of display. The fans aren’t ignorant for it and neither are the players, as they have their own personal experiences that have led them to valuing the anthem, just like in those players judgment their experiences have led them to value the positives they see in kneeling. They just have different opinions on a specific action that in the grand scheme of things isn’t the end of the world, they’re not debating if murder is okay or something, they’re debating if kneeling for a cause during an important song is good or disrespectful and that’s reasonable.

    The players need to accept that not everyone’s going to cheer when you perform a controversial action for a non controversial cause. Having your own fans booing you is hard but its the only way the fans will have a voice to disagree and players will know that the stands aren’t celebrating them while they do it and then can choose to continue or not based on that information. Complaining in the media accomplishes nothing.

  13. First Amendment rights or not, most Americans cannot make political protests at their workplace while working and not face repercussions. For most fans, the whole point of sports is to distract from the mess this world is. Lots of people are tired of having politics shoved in their face at every waking moment. The entertainment is rapidly losing its entertainment value.

  14. When police murder people of color & nothing happens, people decided to protest bc ALL Americans are not being treated the same
    ——
    Unfortunately that’s the narrative being fed to us, but it’s b.s. 403 Caucasians were killed by police last year. They killed 250 African Americans. So reality and the current narrative are quite a bit apart. Police brutality is the real issue but no one really seems to care unless it can be turned into a racial issue as well. Think about it. Over 400 white people were killed last year and we’ve never seen video of one of them. Yet any video involving a person of color is immediately put front and center. And before anyone responds with “there are way more white people than black people so those numbers are still disproportionate” consider that most of police encounters happen in urban centers, were the ratio of whites and blacks is far more even than rural America.

  15. People pay to watch sports not a political protest. Hold a rally with all of the top dollar athletes and entertainers without actual sports or entertainment for $5. See how many actually show up.

    Fans don’t get to show political activism at work. We don’t want to pay to watch players kneel at work.

  16. 1st off, everyone is entitled to opinions. So if they boo that’s their opinion. Don’t tell the press “they don’t even know why we’re kneeling”. We’re here to watch you entertain us, not for your politics.

    Now go swing the bat, throw the ball and take my money. Oh, and shut up too.

    How about making an effort about your political opinions off the job? Or is kneeling while you’re on the job just too convenient for you to do anything else?

  17. This is what happens in Texas when all of the kickers line up like holder…..any self-respecting, football loving Texan would boo.

  18. Ignorant statement No. 1: It is illegal to protest during the national anthem.
    – Individuals have the freedom to protest in a variety of ways.

    Ignorant statement No. 2: It makes logical sense to protest racial injustice during the national anthem.
    – Please read the lyrics. The national anthem is not a song that signifies that our country is perfect or without warts. The song is about a ridiculous underdog country winning a war against an overbearing superpower. If the underdog country does not win that war, there is no country. Regardless of the issues that divide us, we can all be excited that the U.S. took home the W against the Brits. Taking a knee during THAT song is not illegal, but it makes little sense. Please read the lyrics.

  19. 6.5×55 says:
    August 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    First Amendment rights or not, most Americans cannot make political protests at their workplace while working and not face repercussions. For most fans, the whole point of sports is to distract from the mess this world is. Lots of people are tired of having politics shoved in their face at every waking moment. The entertainment is rapidly losing its entertainment value.

    —— Perfectly said

  20. B D says:
    August 13, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    This isn’t disrespecting the country.

    ——

    Apparently the fans in Dallas disagree

  21. When I served as enlisted and then as an officer I gave zero Fs about the Anthem. My family members who also served enlisted and officers also don’t give a crap. For one, it is a pro war song – the military defends. At least it is supposed to. For two, it wasn’t even the official anthem until 1931, part of a nationalist movement. Nationalism is not Patriotism. Woody Guthrie’s “This land is your Land” would be much better. Again, I gave my life to my country from yeara, so many yahoos commenting did not. Do not thank me for my service, serve yourself and DO NOT steal my valor or walk around in camo with AR 15s in punlic or I may have to “serve” again

  22. godnollid16 says:
    August 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    Just as much as the players have the right to kneel people have the right to not appreciate the action. They’re not booing the anti racism stance they’re booing the choice of display. The fans aren’t ignorant for it and neither are the players, as they have their own personal experiences that have led them to valuing the anthem, just like in those players judgment their experiences have led them to value the positives they see in kneeling. They just have different opinions on a specific action that in the grand scheme of things isn’t the end of the world, they’re not debating if murder is okay or something, they’re debating if kneeling for a cause during an important song is good or disrespectful and that’s reasonable.

    The players need to accept that not everyone’s going to cheer when you perform a controversial action for a non controversial cause. Having your own fans booing you is hard but its the only way the fans will have a voice to disagree and players will know that the stands aren’t celebrating them while they do it and then can choose to continue or not based on that information. Complaining in the media accomplishes nothing.

    +++++++++++++++++
    This comment is sheer poetry!

  23. I don’t understand how kneeling is disrespectful when a highly respected military man told Colin instead of sitting on his butt with his head down he could honor social injustice and still show respect to the military by taking a knee…

    Nate Boyer, a former Texas football player and United States Army Green Beret, has sent a message to everyone regarding the national anthem.

    The 39-year-old military veteran helped Colin Kaepernick kneel for the national anthem back in 2016. Boyer told Kaepernick that kneeling for the national anthem was a better sign of respect than sitting on the bench, which the quarterback did at first.

    We’ve come a long way since Kaepernick’s protest in 2016. Athletes across the country have kneeled for the national anthem this year. The majority of the NBA’s players and coaches kneeled for the national anthem during games this week.

    Boyer sent a more recent message via Twitter to everyone discussing the national anthem.

    “YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNEEL TO JOIN THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAND TO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT…” he wrote. “Damn y’all, c’mon! It’s been 4 years.”

  24. ” Texas has a huge Military population who have lost loved ones defending the flag and all that comes with it.”

    That’s true. There were a lot of racist slave owning Texans who died fighting for the flag of traitors during the Civil War, and whose descendants still fly it to this day.

  25. Who could be surprised that there is audible opposition to the kneeling in Dallas, TEXAS?…For what its worth, if the players are so compelled to excercise their right to protest during the National Anthem then they should at least, understand when the fans are compelled to protest the kneeling, during the kneeling.

    And you’ve got to wonder, what will the player’s reactions be if the “Black National Anthem” is protested, by fans in attendance -assuming the NFL still plans to play it, along the National Anthem on opening day?

    For what it’s worth, the players are exceeding their right to protest so thau should, at least, accept it when their protests are protested.

  26. feelfeelfeelfeelmyheat says:
    August 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    When I served as enlisted and then as an officer I gave zero Fs about the Anthem. My family members who also served enlisted and officers also don’t give a crap. For one, it is a pro war song – the military defends. At least it is supposed to. For two, it wasn’t even the official anthem until 1931, part of a nationalist movement. Nationalism is not Patriotism. Woody Guthrie’s “This land is your Land” would be much better. Again, I gave my life to my country from yeara, so many yahoos commenting did not. Do not thank me for my service, serve yourself and DO NOT steal my valor or walk around in camo with AR 15s in punlic or I may have to “serve” again

    —–

    So sayeth the internet tough guy

  27. They have the freedom to kneel, fans have the freedom to not agree with it and boo. There are so many other ways they could have protested, without disrespecting the flag. Take a knee the second the clock starts running. Stay in the locker rooms for five minutes after they are supposed to be on the field. I mean the list goes on and on. The way they have done it has done nothing other than to divide, which if you take them at their word, is not their goal. The message has been lost.

  28. Dallas fans fully support the First Amendment, just as long as your views mirror theirs. They’re still confused as to how it works.

    Really? So they can’t express the right by booing. Funny how people don’t understand that the players can knee all they want but the fans have the same right to boo them.

  29. LMAO this is hilarious. people boo because kneeling is “disrespectful” yet they are the ones LITERALLY BOOING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. idk about you but that seems more disrespectful than kneeling

  30. 6.5×55 says:
    August 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    First Amendment rights or not, most Americans cannot make political protests at their workplace while working and not face repercussions. For most fans, the whole point of sports is to distract from the mess this world is. Lots of people are tired of having politics shoved in their face at every waking moment. The entertainment is rapidly losing its entertainment value.
    —————————

    Sorry but they can make political protest at their workplace if the owners do not object. Didn’t hear MLS or the team owners raising obejctions. GAME, SET, MATCH!

  31. People have the right to kneel and people have the right to boo them u cant have it just one way

  32. I would ask everyone to research former Vice Admiral and Vice Presidential candidate James Stockdale and read about what he and other prisoners of war endured during almost 8 years in prison while they refused to do what their captives wanted — which was condemn the United States.
    When I hear Colin Kaepernick and others who are kneeling being called “heroes” I cringe. James Stockdale and the men who were imprisoned in Hanoi Hilton with him were real heroes. They understood what it means to be an American.
    If you read what they endured, I think you’ll have a better understanding why so many Americans get upset over this kneeling.

  33. “Absolute hell”, eh? I’d like to hear a bit more about what constituted that “hell”, because at first glance that seems like some kind of hyperbole.

    I 100% support the kneelers, but at some point don’t you have to step back and realize that 90% of the energy involved just goes to people arguing over what the kneeling means? Both sides are just on autopilot, and no one’s spending any time actually engaging on the issues. All the time is spent being offended by what we think the other side is doing. Maybe it’s time to acknowledge the ineffectiveness of the method.

  34. I don’t get it they are kneeling to protest police violence. Outside of the F.B.I. we do not have a National Police Force, it makes no sense to kneel for the national anthem. Also if you want to defund the police do not call them when someone breaks in your house. Leave the resource for those of us that support the organization.

  35. You want to kneel to call attention to your cause, Fine, do it at half time when you come back out of the tunnel.

    Do NOT do it during the National Anthem when you SHOULD be showing respect to YOUR flag and all the men and women who died to give you that right.

    I have to laugh at all these rednecks that get get their panties in mess over kneeling but say nothing about the jerks standing there with their hats on not showing any respect, ha ha ha.

  36. willyalistentothis says:
    August 13, 2020 at 1:42 pm
    This is what happens in Texas when all of the kickers line up like holder…..any self-respecting, football loving Texan would boo.

    = = = =
    As a self-respecting, football loving native Texan, I say you are all hat but no cattle. I fought under our flag, and for their right to kneel . . . that is what we call FREEDOM.

  37. “Cannon said that the players had asked that the anthem not be played.”

    Too bad. You are not required to be there. Stay in the locker room.

    Even John Lewis had an American flag on his casket.

    We are all mutts anyway.

  38. “We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means. They don’t understand why we’re kneeling. They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones”

    This is exactly the problem. He says “they don’t understand” while people on the other side say the exact same thing. We understand why you are kneeling. Now you must also understand that plenty of people consider kneeling during the anthem to be offensive. Its not the cause it is the format you are using. You have a right to protest and others have a right to disagree with the way you are trying to get the point across and wish you’d pick a different way.

  39. You kneel. They boo. The fans know what you are doing. This is how they feel about it. This is how it works in this country. Get over it.

  40. threenails says:
    They have the freedom to kneel, fans have the freedom to not agree with it and boo. There are so many other ways they could have protested, without disrespecting the flag. Take a knee the second the clock starts running. Stay in the locker rooms for five minutes after they are supposed to be on the field. I mean the list goes on and on. The way they have done it has done nothing other than to divide, which if you take them at their word, is not their goal. The message has been lost.
    =============

    Fans would hate your ideas of protest even more. You want them to protest during playing time? That form of protesting will hurt the team. The form they chose hurts no-one except some feelings.

    With that said, I am curious what form of protest would be acceptable? One that doesn’t “disrespect the flag” or affect the game?

  41. So these fans were upset by the “disrespect the flag and anthem” from kneeling, yet while the flag was presented and the anthem was playing they were booing? Booing during the anthem is incredibly disrespectful. The players are taking a silent, peaceful, and respectful protest and these window lickers are taking a loud and disrespectful one. Hypocrites.

  42. Long story short…..go up the row and look at the thumbs up vs thumbs downs….it’s called the silent majority for a reason….there’s gonna be some feelings (especially on this site) come November. NFL ratings aren’t gonna drop like NBA did but they’re gonna feel it. Players have every right to voice their loud and powerful opinions but do it on your own time through your social media or your charitable efforts….look what Adam silver said today to try and excuse the ratings plummet, people DONT WANT TO have to seperate people’s politics from the game. When gameday starts your there to play the game and fans are there to watch it and get away from life, and politics, and in laws, and church etc but no you can’t watch without a one sided political opinions being jammed down your throat and like I said…count the thumbs and expand on that to a national level. If it weren’t for such a huge population in the Democratic cities that carry all the delegates it wouldn’t even be close. It took a few months but people are tired of it for the most part.

  43. mark0226 says:

    Fans would hate your ideas of protest even more. You want them to protest during playing time? That form of protesting will hurt the team. The form they chose hurts no-one except some feelings.

    With that said, I am curious what form of protest would be acceptable? One that doesn’t “disrespect the flag” or affect the game?

    *****************************************

    They’d hate it no matter how they protest, as sports used to be mostly separate from politics. But at least they wouldn’t be disrespecting any group of people like they are now. And it doesn’t really hurt the team if everyone is doing it. There are ways the teams can work it to even all that out. It’s like when a soccer player gets hurt, the team with the ball just kicks it out of bounds. Once play resumes, the other team gives possession back to the team that had the ball. It’s pretty simple actually. As far as an acceptable form of protest, maybe something done while they’re not at work. Personally I’d rather hear solutions from players than “bringing awareness”. That doesn’t do much. These players should be coming up with solutions if they want to make a difference

  44. Its because we area ll sick of political messages on everything. Sports are for entertainment. They are not for politics.

  45. Why don’t people ask “Why”?
    As in WHY they’re kneeling to begin with?
    Many against the protest feel as if They know how protests whould be carried out.
    Why? So They won’t feel Uncomfortable? Are they Afraid of discomfort?
    Do they Loath the discomfort of knowing people of color are marginalized in the United States?
    How about working toward creating a world where there is No Need for Protests like these?
    Many feel like athletes/performers/artists don’t have the Right to be American citizens and exercize free speech given the forums They’ve Earned–without realizing that they are exercizing their own free speech to make that short-sighted determination.
    Don’t like the protests? Stop supporting the NFL.
    You’ll be replaced soon enough.
    Create a world where there is no need for protest and the problem will be solved.
    Join online anti-racism groups to learn about privelege and other points of view.
    Learn things. Grow up.
    Earn Your Americanism: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and Freedom and Justice For All in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, where All Men, (all humans) Are Created Equal.
    Own it. Be a part of The Change or be rolled by it.
    The only thing we have to fear is how long it is going to take for Understanding to prevail. Because it’s going to, whether hard-liners want it or not.

  46. Just like many say the protest isn’t about military. The booing isn’t about fighting racism. It’s about not standing for the national anthem or the flag. This country is the only reason peaceful protest is possible. You kneeling during the anthem is like using the restroom where you eat. Don’t protest during the honoring of the country that has the best chance to eliminate racism.

  47. The fans know more than the players. BLM does not care about black lives. They will tell you they are an a anarchist group. They chose the name to get donations. They don’t give a damn about black lives!

  48. Find another way to protest. You are never going to convince the American public in general that is is a good thing. They grew up loving this country and its flag, but now certain groups don’t have to love it because its is their right? Most Americans aren’t involved in any of this, on either side and with no personal involvement they don’t really care. All they hear is that what they grew up with needs to be changed, but no one likes change. A divisive method of protest will never work because you will never find a majority to support it.
    Speaking of divisive, where are all of the Kaepernick articles lately? Did he find a job or did we finally decide that nobody cares?

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