Colin Kaepernick has made the decision to sit during the National Anthem. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." The backlash against Kaepernick has been enormous but his protest is growing within the NFL and radiating throughout other professional sports.
His protest is silent and peaceful. The hate for him is growing which is confusing to some of us. The petitions to punish him or even ban him from the NFL are growing daily but why is this outrage so immense when there are NFL players who committed horrific crimes that are still playing. So while you're sitting in your American flag pants (which is a sign of disrespect to the flag) read about these 3 NFL players who you should probably have taken up more of an issue with then someone who participates in a silent protest.
1. Greg Hardy- In 2014, Hardy was arrested for abusing and threatening his then-girlfriend. Pictures emerged of bruises that covered the length of her body caused from Hardy punching her and throwing her around. He also threatened to shoot her if she told anyone what he did.
Where is he now? Hardy received a 10 game suspension while playing for the Carolina Panthers. He then moved on to the Dallas Cowboys and is currently a free agent.
2. Ray Rice- A video surfaced in 2014 of Ray Rice punching his fiancé in the face and knocking her out cold in an elevator. The video then goes on to show Rice dragging his unconscious fiancé out of the elevator. Rice's attorney described the attack as a "minor physical altercation". Rice was not convicted but rather was put into a pretrial intervention program.
Where is he now? Rice was suspended by the NFL for 2 games. After the video was release, he was indefinitely suspended. He then petitioned to life that suspension which was immediately granted. He is now a free agent.
3. Sebastian Janikowski- In 2011, Janikowski was charged with
misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment of a woman. According to court documents, Janikowski "did unlawfully violate (her) personal liberty" and "did willfully and unlawfully use force and violence upon (her) person". He has been arrested multiple other times for various charges including drugs.
Where is he now? Janikowski pleaded no contest and was placed on probation. He was not suspended by the NFL and currently plays for the Oakland Raiders.
So why is it that as a culture we forgive violent men for their illegal and harming actions and praise them as players but we shun and try to end the career of a man who is peacefully protesting a worthy cause?