Sports Host Reveals Why Most Athletes Don't Condemn National Anthem Protests

Nick Kangadis | August 22, 2017
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Fear and intimidation are two of the tools the Left uses in order to make people comply with their message of unity through division. And according to one TV and radio sports host, these tactics are beginning to take hold in the NFL.

Fox Sports 1 host Jason Whitlock joined Tucker Carlson Monday evening on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to talk about the state of protesting during the National Anthem in the NFL.

Whitlock understands that protesting is perfectly within players’ rights as Americans, but he takes issue with the method in which people like unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick go about protesting.

“There are NFL players, black and white, who know that if you really want to address police brutality, social justice, inequality in this country, protesting the National Anthem is the perfect way for your message to get completely lost,” Whitlock told Carlson.

NFL players have so many platforms on which to voice their approval or displeasure on whatever issue they’re championing this week. But to use the National Anthem as the vehicle for their message only causes their message fall flat in the eyes of a lot of football fans. These “silent protests” don’t make them look heroic, but rather selfish.

Whitlock also posed an interesting theory to Carlson concerning players who aren’t participating in these social justice protests.

“I want to know why NFL players aren’t offering voices of dissent?” Whitlock asked.

That’s a very good point. While we have seen instances of NFL players throwing their support behind certain issues, like law enforcement, we really haven’t seen anyone currently on an NFL roster take issue with the protests. Whitlock gave a possible reason as to why.

“You can't tell me that there aren't NFL players who recognize the stupidity of the style of protest Colin Kaepernick has chosen," Whitlock said. "But they're all afraid to say it because of the backlash.”

Another good point.

We have seen sports entities like the NFL and ESPN become bastions of social justice promotion in an age where people are being divided into more groups than the “Divergent” series.

Sports used to be a unifying arena in an otherwise divisive world. From the Super Bowl to the Little League World Series, people around the world have used sports as a way to bridge the gap between their differences.

Whitlock summed up his comments on protests in sports with this:

Sports have always been about bringing people together for a fun event. It's always been about racial unity and looking past your differences to achieve some athletic goal. Kaepernick has turned this thing into something else. I don't think it's effective for getting his message out. And I just don't think it's consistent with the principles of sports and what NFL football has been about as a television event.

For video of Whitlock's interview with Carlson, watch below:

 H/T: Fox News Insider

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