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Minnesota Airport Is Considering Protesting Inbound Super Bowl Flights

It’s beginning to look like the debate over national anthem protests will never go away. While the intensity surrounding the debate has ratcheted down a few notches from the hysteria of weeks past, it’s still out there - the intensity is just ebbing and flowing depending on the names involved. Over the past few days, we’ve seen Vice President Mike Pence exit an NFL game in Indianapolis after players protested the anthem, and ESPN suspend anchor Jemele Hill for going rogue on her Twitter account yet again as she shared her thoughts with the world while telling others how they should think and feel.

As the Daily Mail shares, the debate has even made its way into a meeting amongst commissioners at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. So why should we care about that? The airport is located in Minnesota, which will be hosting this year’s Super Bowl. There’s a possibility that some flights could be routed to the airport depending on weather and traffic in the Minneapolis area, and that’s led to an interesting proposal from one of the commissioners.

The commissioner is none too pleased that the NFL is not enforcing rules about players standing for the anthem, and he suggests it may be time to flip the script. As he sees it, the airport should protest inbound Super Bowl flights in response

“I just would like to remind the people sitting at this table that, you know, we have a national organization that has team members kneeling down during our national anthem,” noted Commission member Jeff Czeczok, who came up with the unique proposal.

Commission member Marty Johnson is on board with his colleague’s proposal, and five of the six commissioners expressed concerns about the anthem protests.

“You can protest all you want, but that's not the time, nor the place,” Johnson said.

We’ll have to wait and see if the anthem protests are even a thing by the time the Super Bowl comes around, but the airport has come up with an interesting suggestion on how to handle it. Assuming the protests continue, should those that disagree with the appropriateness of anthem protests take the step of protesting the players, the game, or other things associated with the NFL? If so, how would that play out amongst those that continue to encourage the protesters to disrespect the flag and anthem?

We’re going to go out on a limb and assume it wouldn’t go over so swimmingly, but we’ll resist the urge to speculate and wait to see how it plays out. As for the man that started the trend, unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, CBS felt the need to waste precious airtime during its pregame show as NFL insider Jason La Canfora just had to tell the world that Kaepernick would stand for the anthem if he were signed by a team. How gracious of him! That little piece of info was passed around ad nauseam, but Kaepernick’s girlfriend hopped on the Twitter machine to refute it.

“The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone,” wrote radio personality Nessa Diab.

Source: Daily Mail
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