On Thursday, ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman compared free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick to boxing legend Muhammad Ali. He then proceeded to say that NFL injects politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on the players to stand for it.
Kellerman made this delusional and offensive comment to Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, in a moment when they were talking about Kaepernick’s situation.
For anyone who knows a minimum about sports, comparing this NFL player to Mohammad Ali is a simply stupid and an exhibition of inaccuracy. While Ali’s political context was a lot more compromising than Kaepernick’s, he’s probably the greatest boxer of all times while the NFL player is not even in the top 500.
Unfortunately, even when Kellerman admitted that the two athletes were quite different, he still insisted that the two are similar in that neither was looking for a protest. Believe it or not, he said that the protest actually came looking for them and that Kaepernick didn’t want to politicize NFL.
After that comment, he said it was actually the NFL who always politicizes football games by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on the players and the crowd to stand. What Kellerman doesn’t seem to acknowledge is that standing during the national anthem is just a matter of respect and civil decency.
Although he’s an ESPN host, Kellerman appears to ignore the fact that in every single sportingaround the world, everyone stands during a national anthem. Of course, he might also call that a conspiracy to put pressure on the athletes and crowd.
If someone is not from the United States or just doesn’t feel represented by the American anthem, the reason to stand up is to respect a nation’s symbol and the millions of people who sacrificed for it. Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem during all of the last season when he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
In a later interview, the NFL player said that he was not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a nation that oppresses black people and people of color. Lamentably, this is inaccurate and a victimist rhetoric that was eagerly endorsed by several media outlets and Democrat.
While Ali never showed this attitude with the American anthem, he refused to fight in the Vietnam War despite being drafted. Eventually, he was arrested for committing a felony and stripped of his legendary world title and boxing license.
This was a devastating moment for his career. Nevertheless, although he couldn’t fight for several years and lost his incredible level of boxing, the Supreme Court eventually overturned the conviction and Ali won the world title again.
Kellerman not only defended Kaepernick but also even made a demagogue statement where he expressed his patriotism and said he proudly stands for the American anthem, but applaud those who disrespect it.
Regarding this issue, Kellerman’s co-host Stephen A. Smith was more rational. He said that no matter if it was right or wrong that Kaepernick decided not to stand, he needed to know that this action would have a serious consequence and he would have to accept it.
Kellerman is a far left liberal and an anti-patriot. ESPN likes these kind of people. Just like ESPN supported Kaepernick anti American act
— Dragon Hunt (@DragonHunt68)
In fact, Smith also compared Kaepernick with Mohammad Ali, but unlike Kellerman, he made the comparison in the most accurate way. Smith explained that the big the difference with Ali was that he perfectly knew what was going to happen because of his decisions, and he accepted it because he was committed to the cause.
Furthermore, Smith said that Kaepernick’s attitude right now shows that he was extremely naïve. Kellerman’s co-host also explained that no matter what Kaepernick’s reasons were, it appears that he only wanted to bring attention to himself and didn’t have any plan. He definitley didn’t count on their being any repercussions.
While politics should not mix with sports, ESPN, for some reason, spends more time talking about this topic instead of the games. Sadly, this network has been sputtering for the last three years, reducing its ratings dramatically and losing viewers.