If you’re a hockey fan you have likely seen this video going around.

Now I’m not saying you should agree or not agree with what this coach said. Personally, I don’t give a flying F what people do for the national anthems.

Hell if you’re human you’ve probably also grown tired of hearing about Kaepernick and probably even the USA women’s soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner/not singing the anthem as a form of protest. These forms of protest have sparked opinions from all over the United States and even the world. The kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner is a very polarizing.

I was born in the southern United States and patriotic values were instilled in me from a young age. I love the United States and I would never kneel for the anthem because of my respect for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. Here’s the deal though… I will never judge and/or condemn someone for doing something different.

The great thing about the United States is that you have the “alleged” ability to peacefully protest whatever you’d like. If something is bothering you, you can be secure enough in your rights as an American citizen to protest this in a manner that doesn’t hurt anyone else. If major United States athletes would like to peacefully protest by not standing for the national anthem why does that bother you? Are you not secure in your status as an American or even a human being? When can we live and let live? All of us have things that bother us. If there is something that affects Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe so immensely that they choose to use their platform as an athlete to bring attention to their cause, what’s the big deal? Either offer some support, some help, or move on & ignore it. You may not agree with what people are saying or how they say what they want want to say. From where I’m standing, Kapernick and Rapinoe using their right to peacefully protest is about as American as things get.

Now the thing that does bug me about all this is Nike using this controversy to make money. You know the ad:



That’s absolutely crazy eh? I’m not saying you should boycott Nike but if you feel strongly enough to use a boycott of Nike as your peaceful protest, then I present to you: