The current situation with the NFL player protest affects us all, and not even Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former presidential candidate Ben Carson was immune to that. On Sunday, he addressed the raging controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in a Facebook post.
But Carson lamented that NFL Sundays used to “represent a time of fun, games and unity” that has now been compromised by protests during the national anthem.
“Here we are at another NFL Sunday,” Carson wrote. “That used to represent a time of fun, games and unity. I hope we can return to that situation soon.”
Carson pointed out that one of the reasons the national anthem is played prior to sports contests is to “remind us that even though we’re rooting for different sports teams, we are united as a country.”
“That is a wonderful message that we should not allow to be distorted by anyone,” Carson wrote.
Carson said everyone has the right to express themselves, but argued that there is a proper “time and place for everything,” reports Western Journalism.
“Last week I saw a story about pre-adolescent players being drawn into the ‘take a knee’ protests,” Carson wrote. “Does anyone honestly believe that encouraging even our youth to believe they are victims of our society will actually help us come together?”
According to him, many athletes “actually think they are making things better” by protesting.
“We would encourage them and all Americans to utilize their influence to truly draw people together and not be manipulated into doing the opposite under the guise of unity,” he added.
Carson’s post has gone viral, receiving more than 126,000 likes, nearly 49,000 shares and over 7,000 comments from people agreeing with his sentiments.
The fact that Ben Carson’s words were so well-received by the American public shows exactly what their stance is on the anthem issue.
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