Ole Miss kneels

Can we get past all of this kneeling crap?

Guru Nichols

Guru Nichols

For lord’s sake, what do we have to do? I thought that was all over … and then here comes the Ole Miss basketball team to put this load of crap right back in the spotlight. 

I’m not sorry about how I feel on this entire subject. I may have written some words about this previously, but I don’t give a damn anymore because I am sick and tired of anyone who disrespects our national anthem.

Last Saturday, multiple members of the Ole Miss basketball team knelt on the hardwood at The Pavillion on the campus of Ole Miss prior to their game against Georgia.

This “protest” took place because there was a pro-Confederacy group that was demonstrating on campus close to the arena.

Give me a break. These players could have stayed in the locker room during the anthem, but coming out on the floor and then kneeling while the national anthem was being played was more than reprehensible.

Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis has no spine because not only did he allow it, he supported it.

I understand the fact that all those who knelt were black players, but according to my calculations, the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression, the War Between the States or whatever other name you want to give it) ended waaaaaaaaay back in 1865.

To allow those players to disrespect the playing of the anthem should have drawn a fine for Davis by the school. However, the way that the “University of Mississippi” has become so liberal over the last decade, it is no surprise that most affiliated with the school accepted (and even supported) this crap. At this point, I would rather the SEC kick the school up north out of the conference and bring in UAB because of such bull malarkey.

Now, I understand the principle that these players did what they did, but in the world of sports, there is no room for this.

I (along with millions upon millions of others) do not want politics mixed with sports.

Sports are meant to be a distraction. They are played for entertainment purposes only. But every time some jackass (yeah that means you, Colin Kaepernick) attempts to bring the spotlight on themselves instead of the game that we tune in to watch, then there is a significant problem.

Two years ago, during the “Kaepernick” season in the NFL, there was so much crap that went on between those who believed Kap was right and those (the majority) who thought he was wrong for kneeling during the anthem.

Other players around the NFL joined in during that season and took a knee. Then there were some in the NBA who did the same. But it’s kind of ironic that you didn’t hear about any MLB players doing the same the following season. (I’ll let you do the math).

Here’s my point … I served in the U.S. Navy for six years and sacrificed a lot of things because of that. I was stationed in Washington state during Hurricane Katrina and was unable to come home and physically check on my family after she wreaked havoc on the Free State. I served 2,060 days before my discharge in 2009.

It doesn’t matter what venue I am at, but when that anthem starts playing I snap to attention and put my right hand over my heart. I usually get chill bumps while it is being played and, no matter what, I hold my stance at attention until the anthem is over.

Yes, I know that there are so many people in our country who have no idea what it is like to serve in the military. And I, by no means, am any type of “special” person because of my service. But I know one thing that is for sure: there is no reason that any athlete can’t simply stand up, shut up and stay reverent for a couple of minutes while the anthem is being played.

If you have a beef with anything outside of the realm of sports, then tend to that on your own time. And it doesn’t matter if you are a multi-million dollar pro athlete or a collegiate player, your “job” is to play a game and accept whatever benefits you get from doing so. 

You do that on “your” time and “your” dime … not on ours.

There is a flag that is synonymous with the way our country was founded back during the late 1700s that reads “Don’t Tread on Me,” and it is a motto that ALL Americans should take to heart and pay homage to each time that we are granted the liberty of hearing our national anthem being played.

I am one of more than 20 million surviving military veterans. 

There are also more than 1.5 million servicemen and servicewomen who are currently on active duty.

But most importantly, there have been more than 1.1 million American service members who have perished to help provide us with our freedom.

It doesn’t matter what your political beliefs or thoughts are. Every time you are at a venue, no matter if you are down on the playing surface or in the stands, you should at least stand up, shut up and remain reverent during the anthem to pay respects to those who fought and died to provide us with the freedoms that we are all able to enjoy.

Don’t forget, those who died to help to preserve our freedoms come from all races.

So, don’t tread on them. Because if you do, you are likely treading on a member of your own family.

Oh, say, can you see …

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