News ESPN's Kellerman: "Playing the National Anthem is injecting politics into sports."

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ESPN’s Max Kellerman is being criticized by conservative pundits and others for saying the NFL is "injecting politics" into the sport by playing the national anthem before games.

The "First Take" co-host made the comment on Thursday's show. During a discussion about Seahawks' star Michael Bennett comparing Colin Kaepernick to Muhammad Ali, Kellerman said Kaepernick "did not go looking for a protest. It came to him.”

“He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”

Conservative news and commentary websites and Twitter users have pounced on the comment, pointing out that it reinforces the perception that ESPN has a liberal bias.

"No wonder ESPN's ratings continue to decline," wrote Townhall.com columnist Leah Barkoukis.

Ryan Fournier, chairman of Chairman of @TrumpStudents who has almost 60,000 Twitter followers, tweeted, "@maxkellerman The National Anthem has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with our freedom and our beautiful country!


Fox Sports 1 commentator Jason Whitlock also ripped the comment, telling Fox Business Network that Kellerman is a good friend, but that his comments represent a “far left-wing” desire to “overthrow everything we used to agree upon.”

“We used to agree on certain principles here in this country,” Whitlock said. “Sports bought into the narrative and affixed itself to the narrative that America is good and there are certain values and principles that we believe here in America that we have baked into sports culture. And playing the national anthem at sporting events has been a long tradition that goes well beyond the NFL and football.

"And now we have people like Max, a good friend of mine, but he’s far left-wing; there are people that just want to overthrow everything and everything that we used to agree upon.”

ESPN's Max Kellerman causes stir by saying NFL 'injecting politics' by playing national anthem
 

BamaFan334

Verified Member
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Kellerman is such a fucking dumbass it isn't funny. His little five o'clock shadow and the bottle of product in his hair along with his pathetic point of view is just another reason I refuse to watch ESPN outside of a football game anymore. I rarily even watch Gameday anymore, and it used to be my favorite show on Earf.
 

sk33tr

el jefe
HARRY'S
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“He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics in the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”
he is correct in that you do not HAVE to stand for the National Anthem. but standing for the National Anthem is showing respect for those that gave their life in defense of this country and its citizens and for the country in which they live and for whose freedoms you enjoy on a daily basis. it is most certainly NOT, NOT , NOT a political song or statement. NOT standing for the National Anthem is making a political statement. the only people who shouldn't be standing while the National Anthem is being played, are those who are in wheelchairs. and they get an automatic pass as they obviously can not stand.

i put this in the same class as burning the American flag. i don't like it. i will always speak against it. but i understand it is protected under the fist amendment. not standing for the National Anthem may be protected as well, i don't know. but that doesn't mean i have to like it.

and if someone has an issue with that song being played at a sporting event, or that you're supposed to stand when it's played, or anything else along those line...then i have no use for them. people have the right to speak against things in this country that made this country what it is, today. but, again, that doesn't mean i have to like any of it. i will accept it, i will defend it, but i won't like it. and if someone doesn't like that, then all i can say is, "too bad!" and "i don't care!"

and i'll add this here:

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

--Evelyn Beatrice Hall
 

alabama mike

Probably At A Ballgame
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he is correct in that you do not HAVE to stand for the National Anthem. but standing for the National Anthem is showing respect for those that gave their life in defense of this country and its citizens and for the country in which they live and for whose freedoms you enjoy on a daily basis. it is most certainly NOT, NOT , NOT a political song or statement. NOT standing for the National Anthem is making a political statement. the only people who shouldn't be standing while the National Anthem is being played, are those who are in wheelchairs. and they get an automatic pass as they obviously can not stand.

Amen!
 
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he is correct in that you do not HAVE to stand for the National Anthem. but standing for the National Anthem is showing respect for those that gave their life in defense of this country and its citizens and for the country in which they live and for whose freedoms you enjoy on a daily basis. it is most certainly NOT, NOT , NOT a political song or statement. NOT standing for the National Anthem is making a political statement. the only people who shouldn't be standing while the National Anthem is being played, are those who are in wheelchairs. and they get an automatic pass as they obviously can not stand.

i put this in the same class as burning the American flag. i don't like it. i will always speak against it. but i understand it is protected under the fist amendment. not standing for the National Anthem may be protected as well, i don't know. but that doesn't mean i have to like it.

and if someone has an issue with that song being played at a sporting event, or that you're supposed to stand when it's played, or anything else along those line...then i have no use for them. people have the right to speak against things in this country that made this country what it is, today. but, again, that doesn't mean i have to like any of it. i will accept it, i will defend it, but i won't like it. and if someone doesn't like that, then all i can say is, "too bad!" and "i don't care!"

and i'll add this here:

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

--Evelyn Beatrice Hall
Agre 100%...and just for info.......Vietnam...68,69,70,71.....no asshole better sit by me when its being played....walk away....walk to stairways....last year i sat by an elderly gentleman who ask me to help himstand when it was being played....true American....