Over the past few days, there have been numerous NFL players, coaches, and other personnel who have strongly objected to President Donald Trump’s Friday night remarks about what he thought should be done to those who kneel during the national anthem.
While a great many players have participated in the protests since Friday as a way of rebuking Trump, several have come out in defense of his statement and explained why they refuse to partake in this meaningless protest.
Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is one of the players who has refused to kneel. On Sunday he issued a statement defending his decision not to kneel, and asked a tough question of those who do, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk reported.
“But like I said to each their own it’s AMERICA! The greatest country in the world and if you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay? A lot worse places in the world to call home. Proud to be an American,” read the statement he sent to ESPN.
That’s the one question that I can almost guarantee none of the protesting football players would ever answer. It’s easy to declare that the United States is a terrible place, but it’s a lot harder to find an actual reason that would make you want to leave.
“I stand because I respect the men who died in real battle so I have the freedom to battle on the field. Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand,” Wolfe’s statement continued.
“But everyone these days likes to find a reason to protest and that’s their right. It’s America and you are free to speak your mind. I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives and it’s maybe the wrong platform,” the statement read.
It is important to remember that for all their bellyaching, these NFL players are raking in millions of dollars. There are very few other countries in the world where these men could make so much money for what they do.
In the United States, these players are allowed to make millions of dollars, and then go disrespect the very flag that gives the opportunity to make vast sums of money.
If they don’t like the way things are here, maybe they could try somewhere like Venezuela, North Korea, or Russia. I’m sure those countries would definitely give these players the same freedoms to whine and complain about everything that they have here.
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