Most of you will remember that tight end Lance Kendricks was one of the Green Bay Packers who sat for the national anthem a few weeks back. After the game he noted it was a last-minute decision and explained why he did it.
His wife is from Puerto Rico and he felt the government wasn’t doing enough to help them recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. And of course there was the Donald Trump remark that any player who sits for the anthem should be fired.
He reiterated his thoughts this week (although we’re not sure why the Press-Gazette had to dredge this up).
The interesting part is what Kendricks had to say about fans who blindly get angered or turn away without even noting the issues at hand. You know, ignorant people who refuse to have a conversation about anything besides their own opinion.
“As a diehard fan,” Kendricks said, “you might want to at least try to understand or do some research into it, and be like, ‘OK, I understand why he did what he did.’ As opposed to just automatically being like, ‘No, eff you guys. That was stupid. Stand up.’
“You wear this jersey at this bar, and you’re proud of what we’re doing on that field, and we’re busting our ass for you. But when we voice our opinion on a social issue, you’re against us?”
I don’t know if I would say “a lot” in the grand scheme of things, but some vocal fans have up and said I’m never watching another game again.
Good. Good for you. Go mow your lawn or shovel some snow. None of us care. You won’t be missed.
There was even that one idiot who burned all of his Packers gear. Hey, good job, man. You rule!
These people claim it’s about respecting the flag (a symbol) and soldiers. Well, Kendricks had family members who fought in WWII and Vietnam and he was just trying to use his platform to draw attention to an issue.
What a terrible guy!