After Colin Kaepernick decided to not stand during the National Anthem beginning last month during the NFL's preseason, and soon after deciding to kneel during the recital, many other NFL players are following suit. Political gestures including Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raising his black-gloved fist during the National Anthem earlier today is one of many recent examples of the players demonstrating their take on the injustices of black American citizens being undermined by the America's judicial system.
Many Miami Dolphins team repeated that same sentiment on Sunday by kneeling during the National Anthem before their Week 1 matchup versus the Seattle Seahawks. After the game, Dolphins running back Arian Foster explained why he and several of his teammates decided to kneel during the National Anthem.
And Kate Upton is one of the many people who stands firmly against NFL players deciding to not stand up during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Earlier today, the model and actress retweeted her fiancée and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander about how he prefers to stand during the National Anthem.
Later in the day, Upton apparently spotted a tweet from ESPN's Sportscenter about many Miami Dolphins kneeling during the National Anthem, and began to lambast the team in a series of tweets, in which one read, "This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other."
Also, Upton posted a lengthy caption with a picture of the Dolphins kneeling on her IG account to further detail her politics regarding the importance to acknowledge the thousands of lives lost on 9/11, and how we need today to represent solidarity in America rather than division over the National Anthem. Read it below.
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
A photo posted by Kate Upton (@kateupton) on Sep 11, 2016 at 4:12pm PDT
Foster elaborated on his decision, explaining on Twitter that he loves America and how he stood for the many Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.
there was a pre game speech from our president commemorating those that lost their lives on that tragic day on 9/11. we stood for that.— Feeno (@ArianFoster) September 12, 2016
don't put your hatred in our hearts. I love this country. don't let the love for a symbol overrule the love for your fellow human.— Feeno (@ArianFoster) September 12, 2016
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