ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman said during Thursday morning’s show that the NFL injects politics “by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it.” Kellerman made the statement during a segment that compared NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to world renowned boxer Muhammad Ali during a discussion with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. Kellerman said that neither Ali nor Kaepernick went looking for a protest. The protest came looking for them. “He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem, and even
Comments: What a pathetic stupid jerk. Exhibit A why ESPN has tanked in the ratings and had let go 100 employees. Fools like him plant the seeds for more hatred of this country. He should have kept his filthy mouth shut. Good. Grief. This is so tiresome. I will never understand that mindset.
Whisper it: I have occasionally questioned the need for the anthem to be played before every single contest at every single level. Historically, the anthem was added during wartime when, obviously, such a patriotic gesture made sense.
But it´s sporting tradition now and taking a few minutes to reflect, thank, etc. is not the hardship as portrayed by the lefties. The anthem, like the flag, is not political since it encompasses everyone.
All that said the NFL is hardly the originator of playing the anthem so Kellerman´s statement is as factually inaccurate as it is inflammatory.
Moreover, the anthem has been played for decades without snowflakes throwing their little tantrums. Even lefty heroes like Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali preferred to speak their minds to deliver whatever their muddled message might have been.
But the Snapchat generation has no time for thoughts expressed in more than one sentence. They want photo ops. They want demonstrations.
Me too, #1. Someone told me that their 5 year old son shouted ´´Play ball!´´ at the end of hearing the anthem played or sung. I don´t think that is necessarily a bad thing and it sounds kind of cute. Kind of.
There there are people who sneer at the anthem, and choose to make a personal demonstration of their offendedness. I won´t call that what it is lest I be banned permanently.
The issue is not politics - it´s R-E-S-P-E-C-T. He was an employee of the San Francisco 49ers who interjected himself between his employer and customer with his political statement. It´s no different than a hamburger flipper shouting "Vote for a liveable wage" over the counter. No one has "Freedom of Speech" when there is a duty to an employer. The "right thing" is to quit and take it elsewhere.
ESPN ought to rename itself SSJWN as America´s sports social justice warrior network. It may broadcast whatever they like. I may turn it off - fair exchange. Viewership is down as fewer see the value and have other options.
Max Kellerman, I thought he was a good guy, but that is one of the dumbest things I´ve ever heard. The national anthem has been part of sports games for decades. Its American, its our country. When you go to another country you respect their anthem. When in AMERICA, Max you respect OUR anthem, our country. Its not politics Max its our country you´re disrespecting, its our flag you´re disrespecting. Got it.
The National Anthem and love of country should be non-partisan, but it is not. The left does not love America, or its traditions, so in their view the National Anthem would be political. The left loves every country except America, but do not want to live in any of them. None on the left would pledge allegiance to their country, the country upon whom their freedom and lives depend. I do not subscribe to ESPN. I do not need anti-American commentary in my house, and do not allow it.
Knowing that I will be considered unpatriotic and hate Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and America, let me say that I have always believed the National Anthem should be played at special events. Opening day in baseball and the first game of the World Series. Same with football. Should shopping malls and stores open each morning with the National Anthem? Why not every inning or every quarter of a football game? Are those who believe the National Anthem should not be played at each day´s business start or each inning less patriotic than those who do. Special events only in my "unpatriotic" opinion.
Kellerman is a borish imbecile. He´s spouted off about Trump voters being poorly informed, white people should just be quite and accept their guiltiness of white privilege, etc. He´s just an empty loud mouth sports talking head who thinks he has anything relevant to say.
Par for the course with ESPN these days. Have one of their talking heads make a ridiculous statement, which draws attention from other media outlets, which in turn allows them to talk about it as program filler for 2-3 days. Thank God for MLB, NHL, & NFL networks.
Folks, this is the mindset of the Left. It is not just a difference of opinion, it is a radical hate of everything American, the things that represent our nation and its greatness. With this radicalness that so permeates the Left, it may require another civil war to save the nation. I hope it does not come to that, but the hate, stifling of free speech, and violence permeating the Left may make that the only path forward.
Audience at the game was American. Perhaps American in name only. I see no problem playing the national anthem at the beginning of sports´ events. Those that object I see as anti-American. I´m a green card holder and noticeably frown at those who will not stand when the anthem is played. I stand out of respect to America, to the Flag, to the people of this wonderful country. And damn those who don´t.
I used to be a huge football fan. I had Superbowl parties for twenty-some years and people would drive miles to attend. When Michael Vick was allowed back in, I had to reconsider my values. The idiot taking a knee killed football for me. I haven´t watched a game for years.
Max Kellerman is primarily a color commentator for boxing events. He and other experts call the fights. I am very familiar with the game.
Believe me when I say that Max Kellerman is the LEAST respected person involved in the sport (consider the depth of that statement). His arrogance and huge self image is tacitly endured by his fellow staff, but the comments of the others prove their disgust. Understand, it would be highly improper for another announcer to state "Max, you´re an idiot." But, they do, not in so many words.
Finally, boxing suffers from a much deserved poor reputation. Many efforts are afoot to improve that condition. Max Kellerman does nothing to enhance the remedy. Max Kellerman ought to be ashamed of himself (I figure I´ve got about 3 good rounds left in me. I would LOVE to use those 9 minutes working Max over. Guaranteed, no knockout, just a bloodied, simpering mess).
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