Fans who came out to see the Raiders take on the 49ers on Thursday were furious over what one cheerleader did as soon as she heard the National Anthem start to play.
Mediocre former-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the most hated man in the NFL two seasons ago — which is quite a feat in a sport filled with wife-beaters and convicts — when he began “taking a knee” as The Star-Spangled Banner was played before NFL games in 2016 to protest “police brutality” and “racial discrimination” in America.
Of course, this could not have been more ironic, seeing as Kaepernick was adopted by a white family who raised him with every advantage in the world. Not to mention the fact that he makes more money than ninety-nine percent of white people.
Although Colin Kaepernick is perhaps the worst poster boy for “racial discrimination” of all time, his colleagues quickly jumped on the bandwagon and began kneeling during the anthem as well, in a blatant display of disrespect for the country which has afforded them such tremendous opportunity. Unfortunately, the movement didn’t end with the 2016 NFL season.
When football started again in the fall of 2017, professional ballplayers went back to their old antics, “taking a knee” instead of standing reverently with their hands over their hearts.
Their protests only intensified after President Donald Trump admonished them in a speech to his supporters, saying they ought to be fired for turning their backs on our flag and the brave men and women who have sacrificed everything so that self-entitled athletes like Colin Kaepernick can live safely and freely.
That leads us to today, two years after Kaepernick first knelt during the anthem, effectively giving America, the flag, and the heroes who have died protecting those two things the middle finger. If you had hoped that Kaepernick’s disgusting movement would have died out by now, you’ll be disheartened to know that he has a proud new follower.
As the 49ers took on the Raiders on Thursday, a fan in the stands captured a photo during the National Anthem. It has since gone viral, infuriating viewers. The picture shows an unidentified cheerleader “taking a knee” while The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.
A cheerleader has followed NFL players by taking a knee during the national anthem. The unidentified cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick’s former team, kneeled ahead of their home game against the Oakland Raiders at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday.
Lenny Herold, a Raiders fan who was at the game, took a photo of the moment which is believed to be the first on-field protest by an NFL cheerleader. The photo has been liked thousands of times on Twitter, and shows a brunette woman taking a knee while her fellow cheerleaders stand around her. [Source: Daily Mail]
President Trump has been particularly vocal in his disdain for these protests. When it became clear that they would continue into this football season, he wrote on Twitter, “The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.”
“Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love…Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest,” added Trump.
“Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!” the president concluded.
Do you stand with the president and the heroes who have died for our country by proudly standing with your hand over your heart during the National Anthem? Or do you support the likes of Colin Kaepernick and this 49ers cheerleader? Share this story with your friends and start a discussion.