September 1, 2016

NFL exec calls Kaepernick a "traitor"

Guardian - Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke to seven anonymous NFL executives, and found that their outrage over Kaepernick’s stance was near universal. One official said Kaepernick was as disliked among the league as Rae Carruth, the former Panthers player who was found guilty of conspiring to murder his pregnant girlfriend. Carruth is currently serving a 24-year prison sentence in North Carolina.

“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office executive said of Kaepernick, according to Freeman. “He’s a traitor.”

Freeman said each executive he spoke to wouldn’t sign Kaepernick to play on their team. “He has no respect for our country,” one said. “Fuck that guy.”

One general manager told Freeman: “In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick.”

Freeman wrote in his piece that the disdain towards Kaepernick was hypocritical. “Personally, I think the dislike of Kaepernick is inappropriate and un-American,” he wrote. “I find it ironic that citizens who live in a country whose existence is based on dissent criticize someone who expresses dissent. But in NFL front offices, the feeling is very different.”
One owner told Freeman that he would rather resign than sign Kaepernick. Each executive said they thought Kaepernick would be released by the 49ers – and never play in the NFL again.

Freeman pointed out that Kaepernick had not broken any rules, and that several players who had committed actual crimes were still playing in the NFL. “When challenged that Kaepernick didn’t break a law, or an NFL rule, and that it’s his right to sit during the anthem, the response, consistently, was that it’s also a team’s right to not sign him. And to also dislike him,” Freeman wrote.

Sam Smith - Although I do stand for the national anthem, I engage in undercover Kaepernick-like disrespect for the pledge of allegiance. When we come to the part that says "under God" I say "under law." The "under God" thing was added in 1954 thanks to the phony patriotism of the McCarthy era. The national anthem is likewise the product of politics more than patriotism as Wikipedia describes. Please note that one congress member failed six times to make it the national anthem which suggests, by today's standardsm, that  there were a large number of traitors in Congress at that time:

Wikipedia -  "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. "Hail, Columbia" served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", whose melody is identical to "God Save the Queen", the British national anthem, also served as a de facto anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them "The Star-Spangled Banner", as well as "America the Beautiful".
... The song gained popularity throughout the 19th century and bands played it during public events, such as July 4th celebrations. On July 27, 1889, Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy signed General Order #374, making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official tune to be played at the raising of the flag.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered that "The Star-Spangled Banner" be played at military and other appropriate occasions. The playing of the song two years later during the seventh-inning stretch of Game One of the 1918 World Series, and thereafter during each game of the series is often cited as the first instance that the anthem was played at a baseball game, though evidence shows that the "Star-Spangled Banner" was performed as early as 1897 at opening day ceremonies in Philadelphia and then more regularly at the Polo Grounds in New York City beginning in 1898. In any case, the tradition of performing the national anthem before every baseball game began in World War II.

On April 10, 1918, John Charles Linthicum, U.S. Congressman from Maryland, introduced a bill to officially recognize "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. The bill did not pass.

On April 15, 1929, Linthicum introduced the bill again, his sixth time doing so.

On November 3, 1929, Robert Ripley drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, saying "Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem".

In 1930, Veterans of Foreign Wars started a petition for the United States to officially recognize "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem.Five million people signed the petition. The petition was presented to the United States House Committee on the Judiciary on January 31, 1930. On the same day, Elsie Jorss-Reilley and Grace Evelyn Boudlin sang the song to the Committee in order to refute the perception that it was too high pitched for a typical person to sing. The Committee voted in favor of sending the bill to the House floor for a vote. The House of Representatives passed the bill later that year.
The Senate passed the bill on March 3, 1931.

President Herbert Hoover signed the bill on March 4, 1931, officially adopting "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem of the United States of America.


Anonymous said...

Looks like players aren't the only ones who get head injuries in the NFL.

Also, this:

greg gerritt said...

I always wonder why more players do not resist the outright militarism of sports. it seems like you must like to kill for the NFL to find you useful. They should stop taking advertising money from the military ads stop flying jets or using the military to open games. They are violnet crazies, especially the owners and team management. The owners are chicken hawks,. wanting others to kill while they sit in their penthouses.