This article was originally published by Fox News.
San Francisco Forty-Niners’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem has been discussed ad nauseam. Yes, I’m tired of it, too. But as of Sunday there is a new angle to this still developing story.
Sunday marked the first full day of the NFL season. More than that, it marked the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. As games prepared to kickoff all across the country, the national anthem was sung against the backdrop of field-sized flags, jet fly-bys, military honor guards, and presidential addresses recalling that terrible day. Players could be seen standing tall, proud, and respectful. Like those in the stands, some sang or had a hand over their hearts. Still others held flags.
But not all.
A not-so-subtle subplot to this day of commemoration is that some NFL players—specifically, four Miami Dolphins—elected to join Kaepernick in kneeling, thus making him the leader of a movement.
Americans are not unaccustomed to civic protests: abolitionism, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and so on. The great ones have defined us as a nation. However, the precise nature of the Kaepernick Movement has yet to be seen. Is he MLK or Dennis Rodman? A Civil Rights leader or just another obnoxious athlete with a bad attitude?
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