ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman has some strange views on the National Anthem.

No matter what level you are at, whether it’s junior high or the Olympics, the National Anthem represents our country. It has never been looked at as anything else.

Until now, apparently.

While having a discussion with Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, the comparison between free agent quarterback (another name for unemployed football player) Colin Kaepernick and boxing legend Muhammad Ali was brought up.

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Kellerman said the two were very different from one another, but they had one similarity: neither “went out looking for a protest.”

Hhmmm…go on.

Kellerman argued that Kaepernick did not inject politics into the NFL. Rather, the NFL, and every other sport for that matter, is injecting politics by playing the National Anthem and “putting pressure” on people to stand.

Does this guy realize that we stand out of respect for a symbol of this country?

So, is he ultimately saying it’s wrong to be patriotic?

Well, tell that to our service men and women. We’re sure they would love to hear that.

The idiotic speech starts at the two-minute mark. Partial transcript follows.

They both were asked to do things that went against their conscience. In this country, in the United States of America, you don’t have to do that. We are free to make our own choices. And if our conscience is bothering us, we can follow that.

In Muhammad Ali’s case, he was asked to take a step forward and become a part of the Vietnam War, and he was against it on religious and moral and ethical principles, and he refused to take the step and he faced five years jail time but was ultimately vindicated in a Supreme Court case. OK, but he did have his prime stripped, his license revoked and he couldn’t earn a living for four years, all that.

Colin Kaepernick also did not go looking for a protest. It came to him. He was asked to stand for the national anthem. You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.


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