A National Protest Hits Home

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The national controversy hit a little closer to home at Sundays Colts game, where a group of players took a knee during the national anthem and that scene was re-played at stadiums across the country.

Actions like this have lit a fire on social media since last year when Colin Kaepernick started the controversial trend.

The popular “protest” has caused some to go as far as saying that they will boycott the N.F.L.
Since the epidemic, some companies that broadcast N.F.L. games have seen a stock drop as much as 8 percent.

Local veteran, Andrew Cockrell, who is also a sports fan, responds.

“My first thought was that it was for attention and I was disgusted by it. I totally support their need to voice their opinion but feel other areas might be better spent,” said Andrew Cockrell.

In Terre Haute we saw this happen with the ISU football team just last year where the teams response can be summed up by, “It is students exercising their rights to free speech,” Ace hunt, ISU Athletics Dept.

There are few who would argue against the First Amendment.
Most people opposed to the kneeling are upset by the timing of the protest, being during our country’s anthem.

 “Athletes in America I think they have the resources to take their message straight to people who can make change and word it from that angle,” said Cockrell.

Social media seems to be what has made the move so popular.
But as more players take a knee, even more take offense.    

“There is a strong sense of pride behind it, having served our country, our flag. There is a lot of pride that goes into hearing the anthem play,” said Cockrell.

Agree or disagree, most acknowledge it is their right to peacefully protest.

“You know I think anytime that anybody exercises that first amendment right, that is why people have gone overseas and fought wars and sacrificed for this country is for people to have the opportunity to do that,” said Hunt.

We have seen this style of protest take place more in professional sports rather than college because most college athletes are still in the locker room for pre-game during the national anthem.
 

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