While critics of ongoing civil rights protests often cite violence and destruction as their concerns, it is clear that even silent, peaceful demonstrations are too much for some people to tolerate.
Octogenarian ex-NFL player Mike Ditka weighed in on the cultural debate, suggesting that the act of kneeling prior to the start of a game amounts to a “protest against the flag” and a “protest against this country who’s [sic] given you the opportunities to make a living playing a sport that you never thought would happen.”
He also felt obliged to opine that these athletes advocating for equality and justice through peace and unity are among the Americans he believes should leave the country.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” the retired football player said. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel.”