Religion and politics don’t mix.
We all know that one, right?
Now we have a new mix of topics that should be avoided at all costs: Sports and politics.
Those sports fans who would like to enjoy a ball game without having to deal with acrimonious political issues are being frustrated in their pursuit.
Of course, we’re talking about the protests some players are staging during the singing of our national anthem primarily at NFL games.
It’s a racial issue as well, at least to the extent that some African-American players have chosen to use this time to express the grievances they have.
To make matters worse, we have some league officials making statements that only add further divisiveness where it isn’t needed.
And this time it’s the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team who has made some highly controversial and inappropriate statements, further raising tensions.
“San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had plenty to say in response to President Donald Trump denouncing national anthem protests while speaking Monday at his team’s media day.
Popovich called the United States of America ‘an embarrassment’ and followed that up by saying white people ‘especially’ need to be made ‘uncomfortable’ for any change to be made.“
This man is completely out of line and typifies part of what is wrong with these protests.
In the first place, if he finds his country to be “an embarrassment,” he ought to pack up and get out.
While no one can or should claim the U.S. is perfect, if Popovich wants to start on a personal nation-improvement crusade, we’ve got plenty of places to point him to that truly are embarrassments.
To address the bigger issue, we are dealing with people like Popovich as well as the various protestors who are millionaires.
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Not only that, they have become such by playing a game. They have become celebrities and relish their positions.
They should show gratitude that they live in a country that offers them such lavish lifestyles for their talents. And the rest of the time, just SHUT UP.
It’s one thing to refuse to stand for the national anthem. But to claim the country is an embarrassment is to take matters to another level.
If the protestors’ actions truly are expressions of the attitude Popovich has, that these players are ashamed of the United States, then we’re sorry they’ve had to live in a country which has turned them into deities.
Perhaps these sporting events need to be closed down to prevent these unfortunate performers from being exploited any further.