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The WNBA Finals is currently taking place between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx.

I know. I had no clue, either.

Apparently, though, the NFL’s league-wide kneeling controversy has spread to women’s basketball, as the Sparks refused to take the court for the National Anthem.

We just saw the first Major League Baseball player take a knee the other day.

I’ve seen reports of a black hockey player thinking of kneeling when the NHL season begins.

I’d bet LeBron James and other NBA stars plan to take a knee when their season kicks off, too.

What’s the end game for these uninformed, unpatriotic athletes? When will they deem the National Anthem worthy of standing again?

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  • tim olwell says:

    I cancelled my season tickets to the SA Spurs after Coach POP spoke out. 17 year season ticket holder. Here is why.

    I pay to go to a sporting event or movie etc to be entertained. Not to be insulted or provoked. You see, once I pay, I am kind of part of a captive audience and these spoiled brats think they know better than I do about politics, race, and what is fair. Sorry, I wont stay at an event my beliefs have been trampled at. So rather than attend and be insulted and then leave, I’m saving my money.

    Yes, you have free speech but not in all forums. I challenge each one of these men to do something positive like JJ Watts did after the flooding in Houston. Put your money and time where your mouth is. Do something positive on your own time. Or what Timmy Duncan did for the American Virgin Islands after the hurricane. Don’t just kneel when the spotlight is on you, do something positive and that takes effort.

    I am done with NFL, NBA, and ESPN. No more. Never again. Nascar may become my sport!

  • Lori H, says:

    why the heck didn’t all those in the stands demand their $ back on their way out the door? would have been great for those players to walk back into an empty stadium!

  • Joe Rosado says:

    If players disrespect my country, I am not going to support them in any way. I have had with their arrogance and I certainly Don’t needcthem in my life. These teams receive hundreds of millions our our tax money … that needs ro end.

  • Teresa says:

    I do not believe that Colin Keapernick is smart or intelligent enough to come up with this scheme. All signs point to Obama’s conspiracy, and the Dems. I suspect their Muslim goal is to CANCEL the America Anthem all together from all sport events because they are Muslims, and Muslims are outrageously offended having to watch & listen the America Flag & Anthem. They really hate it. Last year, Keapernick started the protest against police brutality. The whole year gone by, he achieved nothing other than losing his job! And now he twisted to become Team UNITY! Alright, the teams can still be unified by going the other way: everyone stands up with their hand over the heart for the Anthem as ALL Americans do, and that is team unity! Why is it that kneeling is the only way to display team unity? If this is truly and honestly a protest against police, then Kaepernick needs to take it directly to the police somewhere else, and NOT in the stadiums where the audience paid big money and spent their precious time to come to watch a SPORT event, not a political protest. Even the NFL’s Rule Book clearly states the requirements of all athletes for the anthem! The players BROKE the rule. And the NFL commissioner also broke their own rule by condoning & allowing the players to continue to break the rule. It’s exactly what & how Obama wanted it to happen. He is an extremely clever ‘Community Organizer’, knows exactly which targeted groups to manipulate to cause problems against the authority. But he did not invent the tactics. George Soros has been using it all his life to interfere with many countries. It is the old ancient Communist’s tactics, and it worked for them every time given long enough time (20-50 years)! America and the American people should be worried about the Communist slowly takes over our country before it’s too late, instead of helping George Soros (obama, hillary, Democrat party) to destroy our own country.

    And if Kaepernick accused the ENTIRE police force based on a few cases of dispute between policemen & some black persons, then we should accused the ENTIRE black population criminals based on numerous cases of black committing crimes! It’s a two-way street.

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