Lately, ESPN has been trying to double as a political news network, but hardcore fans know that the network was much better when it focused on sports.
In a recent “First Take” segment, co-host Max Kellerman suggested that major sports leagues should stop playing the national anthem before games.
Kellerman tried to compare NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, saying they are similar
“In Muhammad Ali’s case, he was asked to take a step forward and become a part of the Vietnam War, and he was against it on religious and moral and ethical principles, and he refused to take the step and he faced five years jail time but was ultimately vindicated in a Supreme Court case,” Kellerman said.
“Colin Kaepernick also did not go looking for a protest. It came to him. He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” he said.
“You do not have to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman went on. “And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”
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If anyone has a problem with the national anthem, they can go ahead and leave the country. Standing up for your country should be something you are proud to do, not ashamed.
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