George Foreman Makes Controversial Comment About Trump- Draws Criticism

If you’ve been watching sports news programming lately and think that you’ve mistakenly turned to a politics channel, you’re not alone. Scores of athletes have taken it upon themselves to make political statements, and they’re coming across about as well as the political punditry of celebrities does. Nonetheless, athletes are using their platform to tell fans exactly what they think about things, and protests have been ringing out all over the place.

Unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he decided the best way to make his statement was to completely disrespect the national anthem. There have been plenty of copycats since then, as well as athletes that feel the need to express their displeasure with President Donald Trump. For example, Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors declined the invitation to visit the White House to recognize his team’s championship season.

So did Durant do that politely and with class and grace? Nope.

“I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

What a role model! Durant is certainly entitled to his opinions, but does he really feel that it’s a good idea to blatantly talk about a lack of respect for the office of the presidency? Apparently, the answer to that is yes.

As the Daily Mail shares, boxing legend George Foreman has a message for Kaepernick and Durant, and they’re not going to like it.

“I love the United States, I love the flag. We came in the era we were patriotic. The greatest day of my life was when I put on the colors, representing the United States in the Olympic red white and blue,” Foreman said. "They [Kevin Durant and Colin Kaepernick] haven't been brought up with people who were patriotic. A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege.”

Perhaps that’s part of it, but there seems to be more at play here. It’s getting to the point that disrespect for the nation and president is being viewed as a status symbol. There’s ways to make a difference protesting, and there’s ways not to. Being blatantly disrespectful falls into the former category.

“He's a good president. A lot of people don't like him, but evidently more do, because he was elected president,” Foreman added.

That fact is remarkably lost on athletes and celebrities that insist on sharing their viewpoints with the nation. Not everyone sees things as they do. Those that don't shouldn’t be vilified or talked down to, but that’s exactly what happens. Those folks spend money on tickets and watch games too. Exactly how is insulting them and making them feel as if they want to tune out going to advance whatever grievances you claim to have?

The frustrating part is that Kaepernick, Durant and other athletes are in a unique position to affect some real changes behind the scenes. Is there an issue that you’re really passionate about? Then get to work on it in a quiet fashion without a camera and microphone in your face. Many athletes do just that, and it works out pretty well.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, El Grito

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