For a better part of the 2016 season, we have had various NFL players, from various teams, kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of “inequality” experienced by minorities.
The protest, which was started by the San Fransico 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has been touted by many Americans as a disrespectful act to the flag and all that it stands for. Now, a fellow African American player has given his take on the protest, and it may surprise you where he stands on the issue.
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Buffalo Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has a different take on the whole “movement.” Kouandjio recently became a U.S. citizen and stated he would not be kneeling for the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The reason why is awesome.
Kouandjio gave his insight on the protest after speaking with the Buffalo News. He said:
“My father still tells stories of running away from the violence, hiding out in the woods, his baby sister on his back.”
Remembering what it took to get to this country — as well as everything it has offered to him — Kouandjio added there’s no way he could ever not stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as many of his fellow NFL players have done this season.
“I can’t kneel during the anthem,” Kouandjio added Thursday, the paper said. “I don’t blame Colin Kaepernick for doing what he did. But for me, I have too much respect for a flag and anthem that represent freedom and liberty.”
During his ceremony to become an American citizen, Kouandjio expressed his gratitude of becoming an American citizen by leading fellow oath takers in the Pledge of Allegiance. He then spent time walking around the courtroom offering congratulations to other new citizens.
Kouandjio has also stated that he didn’t like the results of the election, but he said he will accept the results and looks forward to being able to vote in the 2020 election.
This is a great example of what makes this country great. Someone who comes from a war-torn country can appreciate the liberty and freedom that comes with becoming an American citizen.
Kouandjio is a breath of fresh air compared to Kaepernick and his pals who think kneeling during the anthem is a fair way to protest. Let’s hope he has a long, successful career and is able to impart his views to other athletes in the business.