“I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.”
The Buccaneers would later release a statement about Mike’s decision.
“The Buccaneers are deeply committed to the military and honoring the great men and women that have dedicated their lives and have made great sacrifices to insure all the tremendous freedoms we have in this great country. We encourage all members of our organization to respectfully honor our flag during the playing of the National Anthem. We also recognize every individual’s constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.”
It’s great that we live in a place where individuals can exercise their freedom of speech. The same way individuals in the United Stated didn’t accept the nomination of past presidents, Mike Evans has the right to do so now.
Currently there are thousands of individuals protesting the president-elect Donald Trump, and they have the right to do so. One thing that I love about being an American, is that you have the right to cast your opinion if you feel something is not right. When a person, such as Donald Trump is running for president, and he uses bigotry and incites hate to further separate the nation, that will not sit right with many people. In this case, many of Trump’s views do not sit right with Mike Evans, hence the protest.
People have repeated to me over and over, “I don’t watch football for politics, I watch it for football, the athletes should protest on another platform.” Well here the thing with that, if you’re not attending the sports game directly, and you’re not spending money at the concession stands how are you effected financially? Also, you do realize that the military is one of the biggest sponsors if not THEE biggest that the military has, so when you say you don’t want politics involved in sports, well then you may need to write the good ole’ government a letter and tell them to revoke their sponsorship.
For professional athletes, the perfect platform for them to peacefully protest is during the game. Yes it may raise some eyebrows, and yes it may ruffle a few feathers, but that’s where the most eyes and attention will be drawn. In the 1968 Summer Olympics that took place in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their black gloved fists during the Star Spangled Banner. That was a defining moments in American history to let African-Americans know that they have a political voice when it comes to sports, and this is how we will peacefully address it.
When it comes to America, I guess it’s only right to voice your opinion when you are not running for president. If you’re running for president, it’s ok, you can call a bulk load of Americans deplorable, or “the blacks”, or “hombres”, by golly you can even hold rallies where your supporters inflict violence on protesters and you not address it. If you’re an individual or someone who doesn’t have any political prowess, then NO, you are not allowed to voice your opinion on the state of the nation and you will deemed un-American for it.
This is the NOW America….the sensitive America….the biased America that we live in now.