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After Bravely Calling Attention to Police Brutality, Colin Kaepernick Chosen for 49ers’ Highest Honor

San Francisco 49ers players have voted for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to receive the Len Eshmont award, which is described as the team’s most prestigious award. The award is given to the player who “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont,” according to the 49ers’ website. The Eshmont Award has been given to NFL Hall of Fame 49ers like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Roger Craig and Jerry Rice. This is Kaepernick’s first time winning any team award during his six seasons in San Francisco.

The award comes after a season overshadowed by controversy centered around Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest against social injustices such as police brutality. Colin Kaepernick’s protest became one of the most divisive issues of discussion during the 2016 election because many critics think it is disrespectful to the service of soldiers and police officers. Players on other teams were constantly asked about their thoughts on the protests, and many criticized it for the same reasons. The national discussion became a volatile mix of politics and race fueled by the competitive nature of conversation that defines American sports and pop culture.

The controversy also generated many extreme responses as critics showed their displeasure by burning Kaepernick’s jersey, which eventually became number one on the league’s sales charts in the weeks following the protests. At an Alabama high school football game, the crowd cheered after a local pastor said players who don’t stand for the US national anthem should be shot.

Kaepernick’s protest inspired many other athletes around the country to kneel for the national anthem as well in solidarity with his message calling for the country to live up to the values of equality in justice. He was first joined by teammate Eric Reid and then other NFL players began to kneel in support or raise one fist while standing, like the 1968 Olympic protest for black equality. The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs also showed support with the entire team locking arms as opposed to kneeling. High school football players, sometimes even entire teams kneeled for the anthem to show solidarity.

The protests spread to other sports with U.S. Women’s National Team soccer star Megan Rapinoe kneeling before a team game. WNBA players joined the protests, including the entire Indiana Fever team before a playoff game. College volleyball players joined, as well as various other college athletes.

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Eventually, media was forced to acknowledge that many veterans were in support of Kaepernick’s right to kneel for the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, as well as in support of the message behind it. The hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick became a trend on Twitter at one point.

Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks long snapper, wrote an open letter to Colin Kaepernick in support of the protest, which was posted by Army Times. Boyer says he initially felt anger toward Kaepernick but that he has changed his mind and has appreciation of what Kaepernick did. Boyer said “not only does he every right to do that, but I respect him,” after he listened to Kaepernick’s reasoning for his protest.

Kaepernick also commented on the political situation when explaining his actions because he felt neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump represented the values of America, and the choice became the lesser of two evils which do not represent the changes America needs. These comments were largely ignored by media while focusing on the military and police angles.

You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?

Trump commented on the controversy by saying that he should leave America.

“I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing. And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen.”

The 49ers addressed the protest in a statement issued by the team’s front office saying “we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem” because they are basic American principles of freedom.

In a scathing letter addressed to Jed York, the 49ers CEO, the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association threatened the team with an ultimatum demanding the team silence Kaepernick or lose their police protection services at 49ers games.

“These intentional acts and inflammatory statements by Mr. Kaepernick are insulting to the members of SCPOA. It is apparent, that the 49ers organization is aware of Mr. Kaepernick’s actions. These actions have occurred while Mr. Kaepernick was acting as an employee of the 49ers and at 49er facilities in Santa Clara. The 49ers organization has taken no action to stop or prevent Mr. Kaepernick from continuing to make inaccurate, incorrect and inflammatory statements against police officers, which include members of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association.”

Colin Kaepernick did not announce his protest in any way when it began because it was not meant to generate publicity. However, it was simply an expression of his current thoughts. The protest started during the first preseason game on August 14, but it did not become a national issue until the third game on August 26 after a writer covering the team tweeted a photo showing Kaepernick sitting on the bench, however, the photo was of the entire field and not specifically of him.

After the game, Kaepernick responded to media questions on the subject saying that he sat because the values represented by the anthem are not consistent with the oppression of people of color and patterns of police brutality. Two days later, he gave extended statements to the media for about 20 minutes to explain his actions, because of the national conversation focusing on his protest.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

“This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

“It’s something that can unify this team. It’s something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.”

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

Many fans and analysts also criticized Kaepernick’s protest as a distraction to the team’s goals, however, the award shows the true spirit of football players who will support their teammate for showing courage. Kaepernick took over as the starting quarterback on October 16 in Week 6 against Buffalo and finished the season as the starter.

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As reported by ESPN, center Daniel Kilgore said that he initially did not understand why Kaepernick chose to protest but changed his opinion after a players-only meeting called by Kaepernick to allow his teammates to ask questions of him.

“After Kap stated his case today, and seeing where he is coming from, I do stand with Kap when he says ‘enough is enough’ against crime and the violence and discrimination and racism,” Kilgore said in August. “I believe that enough is enough. But I could see why people would think it’s bad with the national anthem and the military.”

Kaepernick showed more proof of his genuine actions with the initiatives he took after the controversy. In September, he announced that he was “donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations” that fight police brutality.

Kaepernick also hosted a free youth camp called Know Your Rights, a “free campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios,” as the website explains. Hundreds of black and Latino children attended the camp, which took place in Oakland and he plans to expand the program beyond the Bay area.

Kaepernick has stated his reasoning many times for those who were willing to listen. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Oh diddums, poor little rich boy. He deserves all the contempt he gets.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Well, that “poor little rich boy” has the courage to tell the cops about themselves.

  • Gary Blake
  • doucyet

    “instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.” You mean like, don’t run? Don’t resist, don’t argue, don’t be a smart ass, that kind of instruction?

    That, in and of itself will greatly reduce cases of police brutality.

    • Mitch Mitchell

      Exactly, bow to your masters and lick the boots of the criminal, steroid riddled racists in uniform. Just like you would when they come for YOUR rights and “imagined freedoms”. I regard people who use the flag and symbols like the bald eagle as avatars, are the equivalent to the people who supported fascism in 30’s Germany. Deluded sycophants. To follow the dogma of imagined patriotism is all too easy, more difficult to stand up to the war machine/police state that the country has become. So, cowards “go with the crowd”, brave men stand up and be counted. Oh, and don’t be black.

      • doucyet

        That’s simply delusional on every count.

        • Mitch Mitchell

          Of course it would appear deluded to those that cannot see or imagine the way things can rapidly descend into fascism and the terrorizing of people for an ideal. Even if that ideal may appear, on the surface, to be the law. History is doomed to repeat itself IF we cannot learn from the past. Just because you are told by others to believe that it is the “law”, does not mean you have to follow blindly, or look critically on what is happening. There is nothing wrong with respecting the law. I always thought to be a member of society is to believe in freedom, equality and fair treatment for ALL. Maybe though, those attributes may only be for those that conform to the system and do as they are told, (slavery in my opinion) even if it is corrupted by those seeking power over others. That is not my understanding of the ideals of those and us that wanted/want to see a free and fairer society. We need a police force and criminality does need to be dealt with for the good of us all. But, shooting and terrorizing unarmed citizens for not being obsequious is wrong. And it does happen.

          • doucyet

            I have been around the block once or twice and have seen my share of tyrants come and go, in this country as well as others.

            Being respectful goes a long way, be it a traffic stop or a job interview and it has nothing to do with “licking boots”.

            If an officer asks you to step to back of the car, just do it. If you ask why and stand your ground you’re asking for trouble, and if pressed, you will receive it. The officer is conducting an investigation and believe it or not doesn’t have to answer your questions. A traffic stop is not an invitation for conversation.

            “But, shooting and terrorizing unarmed citizens for not being obsequious is wrong. And it does happen.”

            It happens (shooting, and I’m guessing here) .0001% of time for the reason you stated, and if it does happen, that’s called murder.

          • IceTrey

            And when you’re being stopped for the 50th time in a year on made up bullshit so they can look for drugs? Just bend over and take it like a good nigga?

          • doucyet

            Don’t carry drugs!

          • IceTrey

            I said look for drugs not find drugs.

          • doucyet

            Good deal, then no one goes to jail!

          • IceTrey

            Sure but an innocent person was harrassed and had his rights violated. Nothing to see here right?

          • doucyet

            Then file a complaint and or a lawsuit.

          • Mitch Mitchell

            Ever see what happens to anyone, not filthy rich, that files law suit against the LEO’s?

          • doucyet

            Tell me.

          • Mitch Mitchell

            Suffice it to say, word gets around inside the dept about what you are doing. I’ll let you guess what happens after that. Or maybe, you might already know.

          • doucyet

            Nope, no idea. I thought you were going to tell me.

          • IceTrey

            So you’re ok with rights violations as long as you can complain or sue.

          • doucyet

            That’s why you complain or sue!

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Legalizing reefer would be a “good deal”, but the cops are against it. That’s because they depend on busting law-abiding (Yes, I said, “LAW ABIDING”) people for smoking the TRUE God’s gift to mankind, Herb. When they “take down” (if they could) one of these non-violent, ahem, “offenders”, they accomplish two things…one, they get to feel like a real big “man” in front of the other pigs — oops! I meant, ah, “cops” — by bringing that herb-smoker to, uh, “justice”, and two, they don’t hafta risk their WORTHLESS life trying to break up robberies and rapes. They know that they can get killed solving REAL crimes, so they take the COWARDLY way out.

            That’s one reason why they are hated.

          • doucyet

            Put down the bong!

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Actually, I prefer it rolled up in paper. I’m willing to bet that you never smoked a nice “bone” in your entire life!

          • doucyet

            Think again.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, if you did, then why did you let these bible-thumping, prohibitionist, racist, warmonger Republicans brainwash you? They were, and ARE, wrong about reefer.

          • doucyet

            Brainwash me……..hows that?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “How’s that”? By allowing FILTH like Sean “I never smoked a joint in my life” Hannity, Bill “I know all about Black folks” O’Reilly and Rush “I hate Muslims” Lint-brain to talk you out of your true calling…being a knowledgeable, tolerant Baby-Boomer.
            What happened to you?

          • doucyet

            I don’t watch or listen to either of those guys and I don’t hate anyone. I am though, not tolerant of stupidity and laziness.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, I’m not talking about “laziness” — in fact, NOBODY I know will make excuses for bums. But, if the cops want to be respected, then they hafta respect others FIRST, not the other way around, as the pigs would like. They’re attitude must be excised.

          • doucyet

            I don’t believe (most) cops give attitude until it’s given to them first, that’s been my experience anyway. Much like myself, I’ll go back and forth with someone until the nasty attitude starts, and then it’s time to return the favor.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, I’m not going to get “nasty”, or call you names, but I can only give you an account of MY experiences. I have encountered cops running that “macho” attitude, when it was unnecessary. They aren’t scaring anybody…all they are doing is stoking hatred against them, especially among the poor, and one day soon, it will explode, right in the cops’ faces.

          • doucyet

            There’s no doubt about it, there are nasty and vicious cops out there, they need to be removed case by case.
            But directing hate and violence toward the entire group at once will not work out well for civilians.
            It will although be playing right into the governments agenda to take our weapons away from us.

          • doucyet

            Here’s a word you liberated minds like to throw around a lot, bigot. Do you see anything in your comment that may represent that?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            No, I do not. Those, ahem, “people” (bible-bangers, cops, PROHIBITIONISTS, racists, warmongers) do not deserve respect, so when I put them in their places, like the dogs they are, I’m not being Prejudiced…I’m telling it like it is!

          • doucyet

            You lump people into these convenient categories and say ” I’m telling it like it is”. Speaking of black thugs, if I were to say inner city hood rats, you’d call me raciest. When really, I’m just telling it like it is.

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negative about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.

            They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable.

            I have always been someone who respects science, I can identify solid, accurate studies and research. A study is solid through and through and has been backed by multiple centers with a large number of patients and reviewed by peers before publication. You cannot dismiss that as bogus.

            The Internet’s being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana !

            If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help some small children about 20-30% with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures . And let’s all remember Columbia’s first police officer were I live was killed by a man high on marijuana, so was American sniper he was also killed by a man high on marijuana! “.

            Marijuana and Mental Health: A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with age at first use to be an important risk factor. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction. And when your experiment with marijuana doesn’t work out why should taxpayers have pay for your medical expenses the rest of your life !

            MYTH: Marijuana is harmless.
            FACT: According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), in 2010 there were over 572,000 marijuana-involved admissions to hospital emergency rooms. The same report inddicated that during the same timeframe, an estimated 11,406 emergency department visits involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana” and commonly known by street names such as “Spice” or “K2”.

            MYTH: Marijuana is harmless , he said years ago that he smoked pot daily !
            As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
            They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating
            A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lowers intelligence, or IQ. Frequent pot smokers (even those who had given up marijuana) tended to have deficits in memory, concentration, and overall IQ. The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. An eight point reduction in IQ is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life

            As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
            They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating health effects of its regular use.
            Professor John Henry, a leading authority on the drug, said the change – due to take place this summer – had undermined doctors’ efforts to highlight the risks.
            He said: “Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking – in fact, it may be even worse – and downgrading its legal status has simply confused people.

          • wow!

          • doucyet

            Just common sense huh!

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            It’s “Common Sense” to legalize pot, so why don’t the pigs, the bible-bangers and any other dumb-ass “conservatives” have any “common sense”?

          • doucyet

            But it’s only legal in 4-5 states. In the others pot is still illegal, so you get in trouble for it. It’s called breaking the law, same as speeding. If you want it legalized, then petition your lawmakers. Until then it’s illegal.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Back in the 1970s, cooler heads prevailed among the Republicans, and they didn’t bother people about reefer too much. They all knew that they were LOSING the war on the American People — oops! i meant, the “war on”, ahem, “Drugs”, so they simply accepted it. However, after 1980 that “Party” (hardly) was taken over by the “Jerry Fallwells” of the World and decided to turn back the clock. They ALMOST succeeded, but thank the TRUE God (the one that I believe in) people are waking up to that anti-drug BULLSHIT.
            Try to stop us now, and the TRUE Americans will fuck you up! Now, is that incentive enough to accept defeat?

          • doucyet

            What are you talking about?

          • Chauncey X

            Not to mention that incarceration is a sure fire workaround to the 13 amendment.
            “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
            You can thank that exception for the myth of black criminality.(and the rise of the prison industrial complex)
            So wonder no longer why people (especially people of color) are serving long stretches of prison time for minor possession offences.

          • Chauncey X

            And woe betide you if you utter the magic phrase
            “I do not consent to search”
            Especially if driving while other than Caucasian

          • Mitch Mitchell

            Try copblock, police the police and other police accountability organizations. (Although you do need to steel yourself for the abject hatred some of these writers/commentators have towards the law enforcement) They report on a lot of “encounters” with law enforcement, but mostly those that do not end well. Having had a few encounters, and a some of them not good, with law enforcement, I can give testament to the attitude, and lies, bullying and intimidation of law enforcement. I’ve witnessed them lying under oath in court, and “manipulation of evidence” amongst other things. As the son of a law enforcement officer and forces father, was brought up to be respectful and polite to everybody, including LEO’s, it was quite a shock to discover that what is said, is in fact, true in a lot of cases I have been witness to.

          • doucyet

            And?

          • Mitch Mitchell

            And?

          • Now I understand.That’s truly delusional and you see it as a plus.

          • doucyet

            How so? Care to give it a go?

          • Chauncey X

            So just to get your point correctly….
            If you insist on your rights your asking for violence?

          • doucyet

            “If you insist on your rights your asking for violence? And following that logic I deserve it.”

            I didn’t say that, never even implied that.

            Do you know what your rights are upon being pulled over?

          • Chauncey X

            Sorry I was responding to another post and somehow I tagged it to yours. Peace.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          To think that cops are the “good guys” is delusional.

          • doucyet

            There are a few bad apples in the group, no doubt.

          • IceTrey

            Ever heard “one bad apple spoils the rest”?

          • doucyet

            That’s why you have to remove the bad ones, so they don’t spoil the whole bunch.

          • Mitch Mitchell

            When does that happen? The system protects LEO’s. DA’s protect LEO’s. LEO’s protect LEO’s. But then, you know this.

          • doucyet

            It happen quite often actually. All you have to do is look.

          • Thomas Slock

            What about in Baltimore or the hands up don’t shoot bs?

          • Mitch Mitchell

            What about it? It’s a protest. A protest about police brutality and unaccountable power tripping cops. Because the media tell you it is wrong to question the military, police or govt does not make it BS. If the people don’t hold them accountable when does it end?

          • Thomas Slock

            That was hardly a protest. Don’t be stupid, you wouldnt want that shit in your town.

          • IceTrey

            But you just admitted there ARE bad apples in the group.

          • doucyet

            I never denied it, of course they’re are bad cops. They’re are bad teachers, bad judges and bad auto mechanics too.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “That’s why you have to remove the bad ones, so they don’t spoil the whole bunch”.

            Yeah, but they DON’T remove the lousy ones…they cover up for them. I hate pigs!

          • doucyet

            Many times they do remove them! Hating is your prerogative.

          • Army Vet 4444

            To say, “All cops are bad”, is the same thing as saying “All blacks are stupid”. BOTH statements are equally foul, and both statements are equally wrong!

      • Thomas Slock

        But we patriots defeated the Nazis.

        • Mitch Mitchell

          To turn into them?

          • Thomas Slock

            I see you hate cops? Cute. I knew a guy like you.

            One night ol boy got drunk thought he was a badass, waived guns around and cussed. Guess who he called when I slapped the shit out of him? The Cops. Enjoy blocked land

          • Mitch Mitchell

            I don’t hate cops in fact, I just hate the way they break our laws and get away with it, due largely to the fantasy that they are our “thin blue line” between us and total mayhem. They are not. I hate their manipulation and use of the law to bully, harass and punish those they don’t like or agree with. I hate the way DA’s will manipulate the Grand juries and juries to misrepresent the evidence to deflect the crimes they commit. Admittedly not all cops are bad, or criminals, but those that ARE should be held to account. NOT protected and allowed to walk away from the crimes they commit just because they work for “the system”. The system is OURS, but they believe, because of the fantasy, they are somehow above the law.
            As for knowing “a guy like” me, you know nothing about me. To make a judgement about a person commenting on something they think is wrong, says more about you than it does me. Having seen the working of the system I would not trust them to do what is right. They would probably kill my family members, (and) my dog and arrest me for something, rather than do their job.

          • Thomas Slock

            Fair enough, after reading your post I’m sorry I painted you with that brush.

      • Thomas Slock

        Or be a bitch and get drug out thru the window. Your call.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      When will the pigs — oops! I meant, ah, “cops” — begin to show respect to the people? Once they do that, then the HATRED of cops will end.

      • doucyet

        I have never had one bad encounter the police. But then again, I don’t cop an attitude when I’m stopped.

        • IceTrey

          How many times is that? 5 or 6? Try getting stopped once or twice a week.

          • doucyet

            Why would I try that? That makes no sense.

          • IceTrey

            Wow you’re dumb.

          • doucyet

            Run out of meaningful thought?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            No, he is just reacting…to your arrogance.

          • doucyet

            Arrogance and facts are two entirely different things.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          …and of course, you believe that we do (cop an attitude), eh? Nearly every encounter with the police that I’ve had in my long life, the pigs — oops! I meant, the, ah, “cops” — started with the disrespect and with that infantile “Macho” attitude.

          Sure, they’re “macho” with a gun in their hands, but take that gun away and they run away like little girls!

          • doucyet

            You no doubt have an attitude when approached by the law, it’s in writings. You give me attitude and I return the favor!

    • Greg Geitner

      you are a copsucker

    • FreemanAmerica

      Maybe I am a little old school.. But I grew up with Officers showing citizens the up most respect… Until they needed to go harder.. The yes Sirs and No Sis were from the police to the citizen, and the citizen could be an a$$ and the police officer still had to be respectful… Police Officers were not LEO’s Law Enforcement Officers…They were Peace Officers… They got respect because they were respectful to the people who employed them.. CITIZENS.. They weren’t loud mouth JBT’s with an attitude problem, and a hate for the very people they are suppose to protect..

      • doucyet

        The ones I’ve been stopped by show a great deal of respect. But then I don’t start the conversation with WTF did you stop me for!

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Oh, is that what Bill “I never smoked a joint in my life” O’Reilly told you?

          • doucyet

            Nope.

        • FreemanAmerica

          See Doucyet that is the problem.. It doesn’t matter if Joe Blow starts the conversation with “WTF did you stop me?”… PEACE officers get paid to be polite write the damn ticket and STFU and let the court chastise the citizen.. LEO’s are JBT’s with an attitude and a power trip and should never be allowed to have a badge.. period brother.. We need more Peace Officers less LEO’s and more respect from citizens too..

          • doucyet

            I can’t say that I agree with the “police officers get paid to be polite” part of your comment. That being said, do you think that being polite to an officer (or anyone for that matter) increases your chances of a smooth interaction? Just sayin……..

    • Chauncey X

      Very Police state of you.
      Arguments with cops should not be permission to bash people’s heads.
      They serve us not the other way around.

      • doucyet

        There’s nothing to “argue” about. Why would you argue, are you high? You are either cited or turned loose. Pretty simple!

        • Chauncey X

          Asking why am I being stopped isn’t arguing.

          It must be nice to have your own reality. Unfortunately that’s not the reality the rest of us live with.
          Try opting out of a search sometime.

          • doucyet

            Don’t worry, if the officer doesn’t tell you why he stopped you right away, and you can get the question out first he’ll answer you.

            What reality is that? The rest of us! Opting out of a search! What are you talking about?

  • 12danny

    Bravely? There was nothing brace about what he did.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Well, he stood up to the powers that be, and he is being supported because of it, by TRUE, liberated, multiracial, multicultural Americans. Sounds like a winner!

      • 12danny

        You sound like a leftist. That would explain your irrationality.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          You sound like Archie Bunker. That would explain your ignorance, Bubba.

          • 12danny

            You need to work on your routine.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, punk, why don’t you come up to me and show me how you do it? You see, I might educate you, and as we all know, “education” can sometimes be painful!

  • IceTrey

    All that is great but he still SUCKS as a quarterback and in sports that’s all that matters.

  • Vincent D’Emidio

    Go Colin! We liberated, herb-smoking, multiracial, multicultural TRUE Americans support you! If the cops want to be treated with respect, they must earn it first.

    • IceTrey

      Or we could just end the War on Drugs.

      • CJ MACINTOSH

        states that have legalized marijuana fatal crashes have doubled homeless rates have skyrocketed

        • IceTrey

          No. The rate of people involved in fatal crashes (including victims) who have cannabis metabolites in their system has gone up. That basically is irrelevent. As for the homeless they go where the gettin is good and it’s good in legal states.

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            I have a really simple test for whether or not a drug is dangerous.like there trying to do with MARIJUANA !

            How hard will users work to get it legalized?

            How much money will they spend.

            How many lies and exaggerations will they tell.

            How much rhetoric will they use, how hard will they work to indoctrinate other users.

            How willing are they to be dishonest with THEMSELVES.

            If a drug drives millions of people to lie, exaggerate, con, beg, and addict their friends….Every day on Facebook I see people willing to share absolutely absurd “facts” about marijuana. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that at the very least it’s an exaggeration, and more likely a flat out lie.

            And no one, to my knowledge has ever lied, exaggerated, mislead people to get Broccoli !
            And let’s not leave out the part where states that have made Marijuana legal fatal crashes have doubled !
            And Columbia first police officer was killed by a man high and dealing Marijuana ! And don’t even start with if it was legal the officer would have not died ! The black market it alive and well where marijuana is legal ! And anyone who believes putting a carcinogen in your body is not harmful is delusional ! And the ones who Think it’s their right if they want to use Marijuana your wrong what happens when your experiment with marijuana does not work out and your medical or disability bills are now paid by. The taxe payers for what you thought was your right to do as you. Want !

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            That’s because we don’t have pigs — oops! I meant, ah, “cops” — arresting and assaulting (yes, I was ASSAULTED by a PIG!) people for broccoli! You people are outnumbered now, so now is the time to ACCEPT DEFEAT. Marijuana was legalized, in some form, in EIGHT STATES this year!

            Oh, it seems like your “preaching” is doing NO GOOD! Your, ahem, “world” is slipping away from you!
            Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            Thanks for replying gives me a chance to post this :
            It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negative about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.

            They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable.

            I have always been someone who respects science, I can identify solid, accurate studies and research. A study is solid through and through and has been backed by multiple centers with a large number of patients and reviewed by peers before publication. You cannot dismiss that as bogus.

            The Internet’s being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana !

            If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help some small children about 20-30% with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures . And let’s all remember Columbia’s first police officer were I live was killed by a man high on marijuana, so was American sniper he was also killed by a man high on marijuana! “.

            Marijuana and Mental Health: A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with age at first use to be an important risk factor. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction. And when your experiment with marijuana doesn’t work out why should taxpayers have pay for your medical expenses the rest of your life !

            MYTH: Marijuana is harmless.
            FACT: According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), in 2010 there were over 572,000 marijuana-involved admissions to hospital emergency rooms. The same report inddicated that during the same timeframe, an estimated 11,406 emergency department visits involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana” and commonly known by street names such as “Spice” or “K2”.

            MYTH: Marijuana is harmless , he said years ago that he smoked pot daily !
            As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
            They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating
            A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lowers intelligence, or IQ. Frequent pot smokers (even those who had given up marijuana) tended to have deficits in memory, concentration, and overall IQ. The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. An eight point reduction in IQ is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life

            As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
            They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating health effects of its regular use.
            Professor John Henry, a leading authority on the drug, said the change – due to take place this summer – had undermined doctors’ efforts to highlight the risks.
            He said: “Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking – in fact, it may be even worse – and downgrading its legal status has simply confused people.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Yo Bubba…that’s the same worthless bullshit that you posted before! I was trying to decide if you wrote your “tirade” from scratch, or if you “cut and paste”, and obviously you just “cut-and-paste” dubious claims from Prohibitionist LOWLIFES.
            We will WIN, you and your kind, will LOSE! I suggest that you people (yes, I said, “you people”) surrender now to avoid further losses on your (losing) side, because we play for keeps!

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          That is an OUT-AND-OUT LIE perpetrated by the “Archie Bunkers” club (a/k/a Fox New Channel), of which you are a charter member! Wake up and smell the reefer! This is a “war” that you assholes have lost! Accept defeat, Bubba, or face the coming Revolution.

      • CJ MACINTOSH
        • IceTrey

          Thanks for proving my point.

          • CJ MACINTOSH

            And that point is , we’re not even close to legalizing it since we don’t have a roadside test to prove the level of impairment the only test they have is a pH strip which is not admissible in court that the driver must consent to so we cannot determine the impairment is this the point you’re talking about

      • CJ MACINTOSH

        It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negative about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.

        They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable.

        I have always been someone who respects science, I can identify solid, accurate studies and research. A study is solid through and through and has been backed by multiple centers with a large number of patients and reviewed by peers before publication. You cannot dismiss that as bogus.

        The Internet’s being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana !

        If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help some small children about 20-30% with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures . And let’s all remember Columbia’s first police officer were I live was killed by a man high on marijuana, so was American sniper he was also killed by a man high on marijuana! “.

        Marijuana and Mental Health: A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia with age at first use to be an important risk factor. High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction. And when your experiment with marijuana doesn’t work out why should taxpayers have pay for your medical expenses the rest of your life !

        MYTH: Marijuana is harmless.
        FACT: According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), in 2010 there were over 572,000 marijuana-involved admissions to hospital emergency rooms. The same report inddicated that during the same timeframe, an estimated 11,406 emergency department visits involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, sometimes referred to as “synthetic marijuana” and commonly known by street names such as “Spice” or “K2”.

        MYTH: Marijuana is harmless , he said years ago that he smoked pot daily !
        As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
        They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating
        A study more than thirty years in the making found that smoking marijuana permanently lowers intelligence, or IQ. Frequent pot smokers (even those who had given up marijuana) tended to have deficits in memory, concentration, and overall IQ. The reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. An eight point reduction in IQ is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life

        As for the big lie about MARIJUANA : Medical experts blame the Home Secretary for creating confusion about the risks posed by the drug – leading young people wrongly to believe it is harmless.
        They claim David Blunkett’s decision to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug – putting it on a level with anabolic steroids and prescription painkillers – sent out the wrong message and played down the devastating health effects of its regular use.
        Professor John Henry, a leading authority on the drug, said the change – due to take place this summer – had undermined doctors’ efforts to highlight the risks.
        He said: “Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking – in fact, it may be even worse – and downgrading its legal status has simply confused people.

        • IceTrey

          Alcohol kills thousands a year. No one has EVER died from a cannabis overdose yet alcohol is legal. Your research is biased and no doubt paid for by big pharma. There’s also the fact that as a free human being it’s none of the governments god damn business what I do with my own body. If you want to be a slave go to Syria I’m sure ISIS will oblige you.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Oh, gimme a break!!! All that pseudo-science that you typed (or probably cut-and-pasted) proves NOTHING!!! I, personally, am interested in RECREATIONAL Marijuana, forget about Medical. Every scientific paper that I have ever read DISPUTES the GARBAGE that you just posted. And, since your opinion is DEFINITELY the MINORITY one, you need to shut up and go away, little boy!

          We liberated, herb-smoking, TRUE Americans will not put up with scumbags like you trying to return to the War on the American People — oops! I meant the “War on”, ahem, “Drugs” — no, I actually meant the WAR ON THE TRUE AMERICANS. They will SQUASH your kind like the insects that you are!

          Dumb-ass!

  • CJ MACINTOSH

    all I’ve got to say to him yes who’s your Daddy yeah right who’s your real daddy

  • Joe Schidek

    Wtf? All he did was disrespect our flag and shit on veterans. How is that standing up against police brutality? How about the brutality against the police? How many people have been arrested assault the police and no one gets killed? Anyone that supports white people and cops getting killed is a fucking turd!

    • Puzzles you,don’t it?

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Oh, you must watch the Bill “I know all about Black people” O’Reilly Show!

      • O’Reilly, merely, reports on events. He doesn’t claim to know all about black people. He, AND MANY OTHERS, see the problems & destruction of the black community (ghetoes) and would like to see the blacks have a better life-IT IS POSSIBLE!. Just because you’re not wise enough to see the need for improvement or possible ways to obtain it, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist! What about the intelligent & civilized blacks who see the same problems & possible solutions? Are they ‘racists’ (eye roll) or ‘know it alls’, too? Oh, just ‘Uncle Tom’ race traitors, right? No. They rose above it.
        While we’re at it, tell your knee boy to try telling his homies to, AT LEAST, try to have a semblance of civilization. It would, also, be a good idea to not pull a gun on dem poe-leese. If they knew how to act in a civilized society, all dese ‘victims’ would not be GETTING THEMSELVES SHOT!!! What, Is the cop supposed to stand there and say, “go ahead and kill me. After all, YOU ARE the victim?”
        The best thing that the knee boy could do is start (not teach-blind leading blind) a class for da ‘victims’ on how to act, AT LEAST, somewhat civilized!!!
        Cops have shot more whites than blacks. ‘Racist’ against whites, too? Poor babies might, just, have to share their ‘victim’ status.
        There HAVE been some unwarranted shooting of blacks (& WHITES) which is very unfortunate. C’mon man, yo homie pulls a gun or charges towards someone to kill them and you don’t think that THEY (homie) are at fault? I guess that you’d just stand there & let them shoot you. Gotta be PC, right? Single minded idiot.

        • Chauncey X

          I can understand why you are so angry.. After all your country sent you to Vietnam on a lie and over 50,000 of you died. That didn’t count the ones like you that were physically disabled or like my father who is permanently emotionally scared.

          Perhaps you can drop the racist nonsense and see this man is putting life and treasure on the line to speak for those without a voice.
          It’s just too bad nobody spoke out about the lies they used to send you to a foreign country.

          • Thomas Slock

            But his voice was muted when he didn’t vote.

          • Chauncey X

            I don’t recall him saying he wasn’t going to vote. He did imply that because the way the system is people get only two “valid” choices and they’re both bad.
            He might have voted Green but that’s his private business.

          • Thomas Slock

            No its confirmed he didn’t vote. Turn on SC once in awhile.

          • Chauncey X

            I would but what’s SC?

          • Thomas Slock

            Sports Center.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          “While we’re at it, tell your knee boy to try telling his homies…it would be a good idea to not pull a gun on dem poe-leese”

          Obviously, you know even LESS about Minorities than Joe Schuck-face! I may be a White man, but you…and your boy…are “white boys”. Now, if a White Man like me can get along with every race on Earth, then you can be expected to do the same. If not, then get ready for the COMING Revolution.

          • I, also, “can get along with every race on Earth”. I don’t care for lowlifes of any race or nationality, though. What the hell is wrong with noticing that da ‘victims’ actions, bring it on themselves, often. Maybe, not always, but, the GREAT majority of the time.
            The fact that you don’t see anything wrong with ‘victims’ trying to kill cops does NOT make you non-racist. It makes you be someone who , just, might find themself in a ‘hard to escape’ situation, at some point. You need to be smart enough to know what certain types (any race) might do to you.
            Your main problem with my post seems to be that it’s not PC enough for you. I, often use the word boy(s) to refer to whites & actual little boys, too. No need to call the PC police.

          • Raquel Brinson

            I wasn’t going to say anything… I just had to…
            I can’t understand how anyone can think they know anything about the Black experience or what we have to go through if you are not black? In your other comment, you mentioned that you and bigot Bill O’Reilly could see some of the problems in the black community.. I’ve been paying attention to him lately and it seems to me that he thinks that Whites are now becoming the minority and something needs to be done about that. He seems to be pushing the Alt-Right agenda. That being said.. Of course he would know what is wrong with the Black community.. Being that he is a bigot, he has probably helped cause some of those issues in the Black community. I don’t think you or him for that matter can help our community. Especially since slavery and segregation has done the most damage to my life. If you think I should get over slavery… Let’s do some math… Slavery lasted OVER 300 years… There were slaves in Mississippi back in 1961 (LOOK IT UP)….So, I think I need about 100- 150 years to get over it…. I have just reached 50 years… I need a little more time, don’t you think? Personally.. I’d rather NOT get along with FAKE people like yourself. I’d rather be hated by the KKK… At least I know where I stand with them… Colin did the right thing with teaching those kids how NOT to get murdered by the police.. To bad all kids won’t get that lesson, because… Just like you said.. The police don’t care who doesn’t respect them…. If you don’t respect them… THEY WILL KILL YOU!! Death should NOT be a punishment for lack of respect! That what this discussion is really about.

          • WA, WA, WA!
            Often, the best ideas & solutions can come from the outside-one who is not involved. You know, the ‘fresh look at it’, type thing. Slavery was a LONG time ago (not including the Welfare slavery of today). Few whites owned slaves, Most were poor . Only the rich (inc,, blacks) owned other people (disgusting!!!).

          • Raquel Brinson

            A long time ago???? How long ago was 1961? Was that long ago? Considering slavery lasted over 300 hundred years…. How long was that? Oh I know… It was 300 hundred years!!! Now here you go with that “Few whites owned slaves” B.S. You must have seen that meme with that less than 2% crap of white people owned slaves. What that meme didn’t tell you it that… That 2% owned HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SLAVES!! One particular slave owner Col. Ward of Georgetown South Carolina had over 1,100 slaves in 6 plantations. He produced 3.9 million pounds of rice in 1850.
            Look him up in the “9 Biggest Slave Owners in American History”..
            I’m going to need a little more time to get over this slavery thing…

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Why do you even TRY explaining TRUTH to a typical, brainwashed dude like “Cinti”? Every time you ask him (her? it?) a question, all you’re gonna get in return is “feedback”, as though you are talking to a machine! That chump never walked through the, ahem, “ghetto”, in his (her? its?) life, so you cannot expect to get a rational answer from him (her? it?).

          • Raquel Brinson

            I can’t argue with that.

          • Raquel Brinson

            You know what Vincent… I LIKE YOU!!! I see you a couple of places on this post. Thanks for the words of support.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Well, thank you, Raquel, I like you too.

            I grew up in the so-called “inner city”, and most of my friends were Black and Latin. We all got along well, we were all brothers and sisters. So, whenever I hear some big-mouthed racist, like Cinti, talk shit about things that he knows nothing about, I hafta tell him about himself.

          • Raquel Brinson

            I’m glad to finally have someone else on these message boards with some common sense to talk to!!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU MY BROTHER!!!

          • 🙂

          • As far as I’m concerned, send all of the letter level ones to Chicago & let dey homies kill them.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            “Your main problem with my post seems to be that it’s not PC enough for you”

            Oh, give me a break! “PC”? The “PC” aspect of it never really entered my mind. It’s just that when a guy like you starts TRYING to “imitate” (if you wanna call it that) what you believe to be “Black English”, you come off sounding as ignorant as Archie Bunker! As far as “killing cops” is concerned, that has nothing to do with race either. Cops are miserable to people of all races, that is why they are hated.

            However, overall the cops, especially the White ones, do treat Black folks and other Minorities badly, and that’s a fact. You should’ve seen how they treated me when they thought that I was Puerto Rican instead of Italian! They jumped me from behind, and beat me up! For what? To feel like a “tough guy”? Because Marijuana is such a “threat”?

            Most folks despise that “macho” attitude that MOST cops display, and if they don’t rein it in, then the people will take action.

          • Good & bad in EVERY group.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            I agree. Then, the so-called “good cops” should TURN AGAINST the typical. macho, prejudiced cops. But no…they are so brainwashed that they actually believe that allowing LOWLIFE cops to “run the tables” is preferable to allowing people to smoke pot and enjoy their life or tolerating a little graffiti here and there. When I was a youngblood, I did a little “tagging”, didn’t you? Graffiti can be art, I don’t care what so-called “conservatives” have to say.

      • Army Vet 4444

        That’s better than praising Rachel Anne Maddow like you do.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          What’s your problem with Rachel “I can see through racist filth” Maddow? She tells it like it is, and tells “white boys” such as you about your asses!

        • Chauncey X

          What’s the right winger thing with adding someone’s middle name when they dislike them?
          Is the formal use of a full name some sort of righty dogwhistle?

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            That’s just like when these Racist ASSHOLES talk about President Obama…they always gotta say something stupid, like “Barack Hussein Obama”, as though being a Muslim is a bad thing.
            Whenever I see some jerk come out his mouth that way, I always tell them about themselves!

    • Truth0312

      He explicitly stated that this was not about the military, they don’t own the flag. I’m sympathetic with police deaths, but you don’t take that job without weighing the consequences. Further, I expect a degree of accountability for civil servants paid with my tax dollars. I have no such expectation for criminals. To which, police kill more than they are the victims of violence.

  • We have a new hero to follow?This is an issue for today and we’ll see how the new President handles what is simply a personal statement by a brave man.

    • Chauncey X

      He hates the press and hates dissent. Expect a full court press against the first amendment.
      Of course hate speech will be protected if it isn’t against ol’ guinea pig oompah loompa

  • Doug Dizoglio

    Sorry Colin but I aint buying it! I also think much of this story is BS, but obviously I cannot prove it.
    It is easy to hide the truth in a story this long cause most people will not read the entire thing, and if the writer is a professional he will know that.
    . It seems Colin, u were either threatened to be fired or were , and that is what changed your mind, several hundred million times……. And please spare me, you good little boy,the team gave you an award,wow! More than likely it was already voted on before you had your temper TANTRUM.
    .. You are still a jerk and a phony. A phony because you had a bunch of hitters write for you and build up this new mind set so the country will not continue to lambast you and the team, of which you should not be a part of..
    Colin you don’t get it do you.. You hurt,really hurt some Proud Americans with your antics, and you helped separate further this country from itself . Your timing could not have been worse, of course you think it could not have been better. You have a LONG way to go for my thoughts of having respect for you
    again. Ya, thats right, ,I had RESPECT for your ability and passion once, but I am also a disabled A VIETNAM VET, MY FATHER A WWII VET, AND MY BROTHER A DESERT VET, , DON’T EXPECT UIS TO JUST FORGIVE AND FORGET..
    WRITE A LETTER OF APOLOGY, DO SOME COMMUNITY SERVICE
    AND WORK YOUR WAY BACK INTO THE HEARTS OF THE SAME ONES YOU BROKE! dbd

    • Army Vet 4444

      Right on.

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        Imbecile.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Well, boo-fuckin’-hoo! So, he doesn’t get YOUR “respect”. I’m sure that he’s crying…all the way to the bank! He doesn’t need your approval, and neither do I. How could an Italian Baby-Boomer like you be so brainwashed? So, you’re a “vet” are you? I know a lot of veterans who believe NOTHING of what you wrote. We are sick and tired of these cops and their cop-loving butt-buddies fucking up this once proud (in the 1970s) country, and we…some of us anyway…might do something about it.

    • Truth0312

      The military service experiences of many people of color are not quite the same as some of their colleagues. As someone who’s had family serve proudly and be discriminated against horribly by the country that they fought for, I feel I can fully understand Colin’s perspective. He’s kneeling (a concession he made to appease a military man btw) for those men and women. WWII vets seated behind German POWS because they are Black. WWII vets not able to lift their families into the middle class because the GI Bill wasn’t meant for them. Vietnam vets who can’t find housing near base because of the color of their skin. Those veterans and their families, understandably view America’s symbols of freedom and equality through very different lenses. The military doesn’t own the flag or the anthem, they belong to all Americans—equally. The anthem was written by a proud anti-abolitionist with a third verse that dismisses Black humanity, but that’s not supposed to be an issue? C’mon, now. People want to talk about fixing the race problem, but if you don’t examine the past in relation to the present, it will never happen. I applaud Colin for forcing the issue. No protest in America is successful by making people comfortable.

      • Doug Dizoglio

        Hello Truth 0312, I like the name. My page also deals strictly in truth. Just out of curiosity, you mentioned having had family serve proudly. My family, Dad my self and my kid brother all served in a combat theater. Include both my grandfathers, and five of us from WWI thru desert storm have served. Just a mention so you would know that I am speaking somewhat with the same pride and mindset.. Finally, please understand this, never have I made any negative remarks about the REASON for the protest… My venting is caused by the way he went about it… Not seeming concerned about who’s feeling he stomped on.. Showing blatant
        disrespect all around and making negative remarks almost in a threatening manner . This is what I am upset about, NOT the fact he exercised a right in order to attempt correcting a wrong….. HIS ATTITUDE was the target of my rant.. I hope this clears up some of the confusion you may have about my post, Thanks Doug

        • Truth0312

          Yes, it does help clear up things. I understand what you’re saying and you have every right to be proud and passionate about your family’s service. However, he explicitly stated this protest had nothing to with veterans. I don’t think his attitude about it has been bad, as his protest hasn’t been violent or impeded anyone else’s right to stand for the anthem. In fact, he didn’t even bring attention to it himself….the media noticed it and it blew up. I don’t recall him making any negative remarks about veterans at all. He is passionate about ending racial discrimination in policing and other areas and has been persistent in his resolve to highlight and address those issues. I’ve not perceived any of those actions to be threatening. He did get defensive with that reporter in Miami, though. I think that’s because the vast majority of the criticism is fake concern for veterans because those who are angriest (not yourself) are really angry about what he’s protesting. I can only come to that conclusion because of all of the calls to boycott the NFL because of Colin’s stance. But, when the NFL stays silent on the 20 veterans a day who commit suicide, no one makes a peep. Last year, when they had to return almost a million dollars to taxpayers for military flyovers and tributes…..but nobody boycotted then? You can assault and/or kill a woman and nobody’s screaming boycott. Do you understand where what I mean? I feel like there’s an obvious hypocrisy with that. I appreciate you taking the time to respond and listen. These comment sections are rife with so much hate and ignorance; it’s nice to have a differing opinion with someone and still conduct ourselves as adults who seek to understand rather than shout. Have a blessed day.

    • BiteMyShinyMetalAss

      Really? Sitting during the national anthem “hurt” some americans? It only seems to “hurt” those that are whiny little bitches and maggots like you. What you are is a mentally disabled vet, and you’re not brave, you’re not a patriot and you deserve nothing but ridicule.

      if you’re so hurt by all means, go to your safe space with your lover and proceed to blow him. Ask him to protect you from all the mean people.

      • Chauncey X

        you lost me when you jumped into homophobia junction.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Well, what do you expect from an ASS?

  • Army Vet 4444

    While I am a fan of bring a light to shine on corruption (which police brutality certainly is on multiple levels), I am NOT in agreement with bashing my countries honor as a means by which to get that attention. In fact, I consider his actions uncalled for, vile, and misguided at the very least.

    • Chauncey X

      You and your compatriots are doing much more to tarnish the honor of this country by trying to silence this young man.
      Patriotism isn’t my country wrong or right that’s just jingoistic nonsense.

      • Truth0312

        Thank you! If forced patriotism is what they want, they should move to North Korea. There isn’t anything more unAmerican than that.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      “If he had NOT been lucky enough to come to this country, there is no doubt he would be a struggling street urchin looking for ways to stay alive on a daily basis”.
      Oh really…did he “come” to this country? Wasn’t he born here, as a TRUE American? He could’ve been born in England, or France, or Holland and become someone great!

      • permalink

        “a TRUE American” would **vote** when there are elections… something CK has not done. So his hissy-fit protesting means little since he has not participated as a citizen.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          You have a point.

  • David Lewis

    this is not “america: love it or leave it….” this country was built on protest if you look back to the american revolution……call it what you will he has the right….and if you don’t think he does then welcome to north korea….

  • Carlton Baggett

    Elected by team mates which is 80% black, they would be called uncle toms if they didnt

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Ahh! Another “expert” on race heard from!

      • YOU, seem to think that you are the ”expert” on race. Your expertise consists of anger/hatred towards those who notice/observe things. Don’t try to fix the symptoms, FIX THE PROBLEM.
        SYMPTOM-people noticing: violence, rudeness, unlawful behavior, murders, traveling in packs, not knowing our language, lying, cheating, etc.
        PROBLEM-uncivilized & uneducated people who aren’t raised to be successful. They are raised to see themselves ‘victims’ of society who can never rise above their current situation (usually because of whitey).
        Unless you want to go around the country & poke out everyones’ eyes (so they can’t observe), the problem needs to be fixed. The first action should be to stop paying them to have babies for mo dat money (Welfare), only to abuse & neglect them. Many of these kids turn out to be among the letter level because of their childhoods.
        Noticing, disliking, & having ideas of how to help fix the behavior of a group does NOT make one “racist”!!! Anymore, this word is, almost, a joke! It’s, often, met with a roll of the eyes & a smirk.
        It is WAAAAAY overused-for just about anything-even merely noticing the acts of one dem ‘victims’.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Yo Bubba…for one thing, I never claimed to be an expeert on race, not once. I just said that to yopu because you are not just a “racist” ( oh, there’s that word again!), you are an obvious racist, and you aren’t even embarrassed about it — that’s the sad part of it.

           

          Don’t talk to me about “symptoms” and “problems” — I grew up in the ghetto…I didn’t just drive through it as you did! There will always be “uncivilized & uneducated people who aren’t raised to be successful”, and no matter what you do, that will never change. But, guys like you tend to associate that behaviour with certain ethnicities that you simply don’t like. Nobody approves of lowlifing, including most non-white folks…but, since you have absolutely NO experience with those people, you wouldn’t know that.

           

          “Anymore, this word “racist” is, almost, a joke! It’s, often, met with a roll of the eyes & a smirk.

          It is WAAAAAY overused-for just about anything-even merely noticing the acts of one dem ‘victims’.”

           

          Oh God! Do you even hear yourself? “Dem victims”? “mo dat money (Welfare)”? You are so ignorant that it’s scary! What’s even scarier is that you are less than 70 years old, and you STILL feel that way, after Woodstock, the Civil Rights Struggle and the rest of the Revolution of the Sixties! Why are you such a TRAITOR to our Generation?

           

          Yo Bubba, do not lecture me…watch your own behaviour.