A number of NFL players are gaining national attention for their refusal to stand for the National Anthem and the Flag on 9/11, or raising their fists a la the Black Panthers. The uneducated, propaganda-spewing 49ers bench warmer Colin Kapernick started it all as he blathered on with BLM talking points based on a lack of facts and a whole lot of rhetoric a couple of weeks ago. (I wrote a post about this recently which you can read HERE.)
But there are some other NFL players who are taking a completely different tack, especially since 9/11 came on Sunday this year. Rather than refusing to honor the country that has enabled them to become WILDLY, unbelievably, successful for playing a GAME, they took this opportunity to HONOR this country, especially on 9/11.
One such player is Avery Williamson with the Tennessee Titans. Williamson made clear his intent to wear a custom pair of cleats in Sunday’s game. The NFL threatened to fine him should he do so, something they have not done in any way to the players showing their disregard for the country.
Well, Williamson chose to wear his cleats on Sunday. From the Tennesean:
Titans linebacker Avery Williamson came out of the tunnel wearing his custom patriotic cleats for the season opener against the Vikings on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Williamson originally planned to wear the cleats to honor those who died, changed his mind when an NFL representative called to inform him about a looming fine for violating uniform code, and changed his mind once again Saturday night after The Tennessean’s report about the situation went viral. Several of his teammates offered to help pay the fine if he wore the cleats, as did four New York and New Jersey police associations, including the union that represents the police department that patrols the World Trade Center complex.
“I just felt like I got so much support across the country, and especially when the New York and New Jersey police unions said that they would pay my fine, that really meant a lot,” Williamson said after the Titans’ 26-15 loss at Nissan Stadium, “so I felt like if I didn’t wear them, I just wouldn’t have felt good about it. I felt like I had to do that, just for myself and to represent the people that were lost and the people that do their jobs every day to protect us. I feel like it was just a duty.”
Now that’s a stand up guy. But wait, there is more about Williamson and his custom cleats:
Williamson’s star-spangled blue cleats with red- and white-striped Nike swooshes were airbrushed by True Blue Customs in Lexington, Ky. They feature the words “Never Forget” and “9/11” on the back of the shoes, with the “11” representing the Twin Towers. The NFL mandates all teammates wear the same color scheme on their shoes.
“I’m going to try to get a couple of veterans to come to a game,” Williamson told The Tennessean on Friday. “I feel like just reaching out to people, helping them, somebody that’s served our country, I feel like that’s a great honor, so I wanted to do something nice for them. I feel like it’s a great cause.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Now, I understand they have a thing about uniforms and all, but if they are going to allow their players to sit out the National Anthem while in UNIFORM, at a game representing the NFL and not on their OWN time, it seems to me they could be a little less rigid when it comes to what players wear on their feet when it comes to 9/11, but no…
And this is what Williamson wore:
Well done is what I say.
And I say that to two of the standout Giants players, Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz, who also wore custom made cleats during the Giants v. Cowboys game (which the Giants won – yay!). They, too, face fines. Here are their shoes:
Personally, I like both pairs of their shoes, and thank them for wearing them no matter the cost to them. The honor they, Williamson, and Pat McAfee, a punter for the Colts, were willing to give speaks volumes about their character.
And the fines levied by the NFL considering all that has been going on since Kapernick showed HIS colors by protesting the Anthem and Flag speaks volumes, too. They are allowing people to protest the American Flag and National Anthem while in full uniform, but have issues with patriotic shoes. There ya have it.
Speaking of that whole protest thing, supermodel Kate Upton had something to say about that too, especially since four Miami Dolphins chose to protest on 9/11. From The Right Scoop, we have this Instagram message:
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
I couldn’t have said it better myself,Ms. Upton.
I share in her frustration at how incredibly divided we are at this time. Eight years of Obama’s rule has done that for this country. If that was what he wanted for his legacy, I would say he was WILDLY successful. That is the unfortunate reality in which we now live. Thanks, Obama.
I might add, actor Rob Lowe suggested to players who wished to protest on 9/11 that they stay in their locker rooms. If only they had taken that suggestion to heart but no…Still, I am thankful for those players who are taking a stand for this country, for the memory of those lost on 9/11, for those wounded in battle to confront Islamic terrorism, and to show their pride in this great nation. To them I say, thank you.
Sen. Ted Cruz weighed in on this whole protest thing too, asking people to boycott these spoiled athletes for the way they are acting.
And I want to close with this beautiful, stirring rendition of the National Anthem performed at the Bristol Motor Speedway this past Saturday by Jennifer Nettles for the Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech football game. It moved me to tears:
Amen to that…This is an Open Thread.