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NFL Teams Protest Flag, National Anthem - Never Expected Fans To React Like This

Some football fans are dramatically expressing their feelings about players “taking a knee” during the national anthem before NFL games to protest social and racial injustice.

The Daily Mail reported that dozens of fans have threatened to boycott the league. Others are posting pictures and videos of themselves burning their teams’ gear, after more than 200 players knelt or sat during the “Star Spangled Banner” on Sunday.

The previous week, only six of them engaged in the protests, but many more players decided to do so when President Trump called on team owners to fire any “son of a b****” who “disrespects our flag.”

The on-field demonstrations began in August 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem before a pre-season game. He explained that he was responding to white police officers shooting unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and other cities.

Pittsburgh Steelers fan Robert Williams said he became enraged when all members of his team, except Alejandro Villanueva, remained in the locker room until the anthem ended on Sunday. Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who was deployed to Afghanistan three times.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin criticized the left tackle, telling reporters: “I was looking for 100 percent participation.”

Williams posted on YouTube a video of himself torching Steelers gear that he claimed cost more than $1,000. “We stand for this country. We have morals in this country,” he said.

“My great uncle’s bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbour for this country, for the flag, for your freedom to play in the NFL and to say whatever you want to say. But you do not disrespect the flag and the country and the Constitution and why we have our freedoms. So watch this stuff burn.”

As the former fan watched his team merchandise go up in flames, he declared: “You’re not going to disrespect this country.”

Another man who has rooted for the Steelers for decades, Arvin Gibbs, also recorded a YouTube video of burning gear. He can be seen waving a U.S. flag while setting his Steelers jacket on fire, with the national anthem as the soundtrack. “I have been a Steelers fan since 1966, but no more,” he said.

Denise La Grange Fox, who used to follow the New Orleans Saints, burned jerseys, flags and other team gear. She wrote on Facebook that Sunday was a “very, very sad day.” In a video, she torched the memorabilia with lighter fluid and proclaimed that the NFL had “ruined and taken the fun out of sports.”

Fox said she was “just totally disgusted,” adding: “Screw you, NFL.”

As Bob J. Jostad burned his Oakland Raiders gear, he asked: “Don’t think the national anthem is important? F*** you I’m done with the NFL. This is the first of the Raiders’ sweatshirts. Let’s not forget that one. Now I just bought this for work, but have to get rid of it, too. We should support the national anthem a little bit instead of being a bunch of whiny little f***ing b****es in the NFL. Play the game p*****. See you NFL I’m done.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: YouTube, Pantagraph, Townhall

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