Published: Sep 12, 2016
Four Black Self Promoters and a Weak NFL Franchise Disrespect America
by Marc Centanni

Four black punks who never served a day in the military, exploited the stardom that comes with becoming an NFL football player to disrespect the men and women who have died fighting for the good of this great country and often for humanity as a whole prior to their contest on Sunday.

Yup, I said it. Four spoiled, self-absorbed black athletes cared little about supporting the pre-game ceremonies designated to pay respect to the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and made it about them and not their 'cause.'

Their decision to highlight race causes me to refer to the color of their skin.

You knew somebody was going to do it. Somebody was going to throw caution to the win and have the stones to insert themself into the storyline of the 9/11 remembrance. In steps a has been, a never was and an an ex teammate of Kaepernick to claim their 15 mins.

RB Arian Foster, WR Kenny Stills, S Michael Thomas and LB Jelani Jenkins cared more about shining the spotlight on themselves and the militant Black Lives Matter group then paying proper respect to the deceased.

These four ignorant puppets, inspired by San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, play for the Miami Dolphins and made complete Asses of themselves on the anniversary of the most painful day in American history.

Kaepernick is the first NFL player who chose to sit or take a knee during the anthem to call attention to what he termed the oppression of blacks and other minorities.

Two of the four didn't seem comfortable enough with that stand to go all the way with it on Sunday.

Thomas, for example, stood while President Obama spoke via video feed about the Sept. 11 anniversary and its meaning. Then he knelt when the national anthem began to play. But he put his hand over his heart and he claims he sang along.

"I do care about both," Thomas said. "Just because I want to raise awareness it doesn’t mean I’m anti-flag or anti-whatever else.

"I want unity. I want everybody to listen and find solutions. Let’s not argue what’s patriotic and what’s not, who’s anti-this and who’s anti-that. Let’s just continue to find the solutions."

Maybe it's just me but I feel like it is a contradiction to disrespect the anthem and then call oneself patriotic.

Isn't it also a contradiction in saying you are part of a team, a piece of one heartbeat, and then do something so completely different from the majority of your teammates that you appear separate and apart from your team?

"I would like to keep moving forward in the right direction with everybody: equal rights, equal opportunity. From my position, it doesn't seem that it's happening. That's why I took a stand," said Miami's Jelani Jenkins

"If it's about the knee that people are upset about, every Sunday people of faith take a knee to give thanks to their lord and savior, whatever faith or religion that they are," Miami's Arian Foster said. "It's not about a knee, it's not about the (symbolism), it's about the message. They say it's not the time to do this, but when is the time?"  It should be noted that Foster is a self proclaimed Atheist.

No matter how tough the tattoos or muscles make them appear, these "little" black men come off like intellectually lazy weak cowards. 

If these 4 black self-promoters were really about the "cause," they'd spend their time during the off-season working with the young black boys who find fullfillment in gangs and murder each other night after night. The most crimes committed against blacks are by blacks.

Instead of kneeling down and making it about them, they could write their congressman, petition, picket, or God-forbid - join the service and actually fight for the rights they claim to champion.

No, they chose to exhibit a lazy and insensitive lack of brainpower. That's how you know it has nothing to do with any cause. It's all about them.

Let me say that I am well aware that refusing to stand for the National Anthem is their right as an American, and I support that right, however I also have a right to expose their folly.

There are a myriad of other ways to conduct social protest for people of color, that don't, whether by intent or otherwise, insult or disrespect American principles.

Instead of kneeling down for example, Foster could step up and do something about assisting young black men to escape the drugs that permeate black communities. Jenkins could donate time to assist in the education of young black men about the pitfalls of impregnating young black/white women out of wedlock.

The Dolphins subsequently released a statement on the controversy: "We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that it's an individual's right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today's events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness."

Whatever. That's simply a long-winded statement of "political correctness."  It  screams the Miami Dolphins are a weak organization - it's no wonder why they can't sniff a Super Bowl run.  Losers.

Could you see a Bill Parcells putting up with this type of behavior? Do you think these four fools would still be playing for Bill Belichick today? I doubt it. How do you think Mike Tomlin would handle that?

Several teams around the league with strong leadership, including the Chiefs (Andy Reid) and Seahawks (Pete Carroll, saw their players link arms during the anthem.

May God bless the victims of 9/11 and their families who continue to mourn.  May God bless the men and women who put themselves in harms way to protect us. That includes Police, Firefighters and our armed service people both past and present.

Lastly, May God bless America.

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