Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
Agreed and I'm not even sure why the NFL promotes breast cancer awareness over all the other diseases. But it was a collective decision by the NFL to do this. To promote awareness of breast cancer, without taking away from something else.

The issue remains that Kaepernick took it upon himself to make a spectacle during his work, attempting to promote awareness of something that HE'S personally offended by, during a national televised segment that was specifically designed to promote patriotism post 911.

The very thing you're concerned about here - not using one issue to take away from something else - is exactly what Kaepernick did. He decided, on his own, to use the Anthem to promote awareness of something, while taking away from a ceremony specifically designed to promote patriotism. This is what angers so many fans. No one has an issue with him being upset about the issue or wanting to do something about it. He just chose the absolute wrong way to go about it.
Except his kneeling takes nothing away from Patriotism. That is merely an opinion. The whole reason Kaepernick chose to kneel instead of staying on the bench was at the behest of a veteran.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/25/opinion/colin-kaepernick-football-protests.html

After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.
Nobody is protesting the National Anthem nor the veterans of our armed services. The anger is merely drawing attention away from the actual problem that those certain NFL players are protesting.