Five cheerleaders protested during the national anthem before a football game and now four of them are out! The cheerleaders are from the Kennesaw State University (KSU) and they protested last year. Now they’re facing the grueling dose of karma as they got smacked with a dose of reality. What happened was that they had to try out again this year, and four of the five couldn’t make it back on the team.
That sounds wildly familiar, just like Colin Kaepernick after he protested and couldn’t get back on any NFL team. To be fair, he opted out of a contract and no other team wanted him anyway. Being a distraction on the field and having subpar statistics after making it to the Super Bowl aren’t exactly promising. Even though there were a few guys worse than him, it just didn’t make sense to give him the top tier money and have him sit the bench.
Now four of these protesting cheerleaders will sit the bench. Oh wait, that’s right! They won’t even be on the bench because they failed to make the cheer squad this year! Funny how that works, right?
Here’s a fact that will squash any hopes of an argument for bringing those girls back. This cheer squad performed very well last year, winning the NCAA Collegiate Nationals of 2018. After they did so well last year, that raised awareness and interest in their squad. What happened then was they had 95 people trying out for a 52 person team. The following year they only had 61 applicants. Just like Colin Kaepernick’s dwindling stats and performances, which added to the reasons people didn’t want to sign him, these girls now saw the same results. They were not as good as the others ahead of them and now they’re sitting home watching their former team. That surely sounds like karma.
KSU Sentinel posted the original story:
“Several of the Kennesaw State cheerleaders who took a knee during the national anthem at a football game last fall will not be back on the field this upcoming season.
Five KSU cheerleaders faced national controversy last year after adopting NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s practice of protest and kneeling during the national anthem before a September 2017 football game to bring attention to issues with police brutality in the U.S.
A source close to the matter said that four out of the five cheerleaders that kneeled during the national anthem last year did not make it back onto the cheerleading team after tryouts this academic year.
KSU’s athletics department said in a statement that 33 prospective cheerleaders did not make it onto this year’s cheerleading squad after tryouts — 7 of whom were on the team last year.
“The success of our football team and that of the cheer squad, which won the 2018 NCA Collegiate Nationals, resulted in a substantial increase in applicants for this year’s squad — from 61 applicants in 2017, to 95 in 2018 — creating more competition for the 52 available spots on the roster,” the statement said.
“Similar to all KSU sports teams, multi-year spots on rosters are not guaranteed and all student-athletes must earn their position on a team,” it continued.
The kneeling protests gained national attention again this month after Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the national anthem before the team’s preseason opener on Thursday, Aug. 9, according to USA Today. President Trump posted tweets the following day criticizing the NFL players, much like he did during last year’s season.
It is unsure whether any of the members of the KSU cheerleading team plan to protest in this upcoming season. None of the five cheerleaders who kneeled during the anthem last year responded to requests for comment.
When asked how she would respond to students kneeling in protest during the anthem this year, KSU President Pamela Whitten said her focus is on the future of the university.
“As we begin a new academic year and welcome back fall athletics, I look forward to working together to further our successes and help our students achieve their fullest potential, both in the classroom and on the field of play,” Whitten said.
When asked further questions, Whitten referred back to the statement that the University System of Georgia issued about the matter during last year’s controversy.
“While we respect the First Amendment rights of individuals, it is the University of System of Georgia’s belief that everyone should stand to honor the National Anthem,” the statement said. “However, the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia has advised that the First Amendment protects students who kneel or sit during the National Anthem. Therefore, USG institutions cannot prohibit or interfere with those expressions.
“The Board of Regents respects and is grateful for the values that our flag represents which guarantee the very right to free expression that allows these students to engage in these activities,” the statement continued.
Students held protests on KSU’s campus in support of the five cheerleaders last year in October after the cheerleaders were kept off the field until after the national anthem. University officials said that the decision to keep the cheerleaders off of the field was part of a game day schedule change and did not relate to the protest. On Oct. 8, then KSU President Sam Olens reversed the decision.
Later in October 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained text messages that suggested that Olens may have been pressured by Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart to keep the cheerleaders off of the field during the anthem, prompting the Georgia Board of Regents to conduct a review of the university’s decision. Olens later announced his resignation from the university on Dec. 14, 2017.
Once the cheerleaders were allowed back onto the field in November 2017, they chose not to take a knee during the national anthem, and eight of the cheerleaders instead linked arms as an acknowledgment of Veterans Day.
The first game of this upcoming football season will be next week Thursday, Aug. 30, and the first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 15.”
3-Yr-Old Son Of 2 Cops Sick Of NFL Kneeling And Disrespecting Officers Runs Out Onto The Field
As most of us former NFL fans take note as to who participates in the national anthem before the start of each football game, there comes a story that’s so heartwarming that it leaves us with tears of pride.
IJR is reporting that a video making its rounds on Twitter shows a 3-year-old proudly singing the national anthem before a New England Patriot’s game.
Watch as Little Garrett, the son of two Boston Police Officers, sings along with Officer Kim Tavares to the National Anthem! Little Garrett may have what it takes for a call to back up in Cop-Pool Karaoke! pic.twitter.com/WblD8Zr77C
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) August 17, 2018
Garrett, who is the son of two members of the Boston Police Department, knew every word of our national anthem and sang them all out loud with his hand over his heart. Sang them with pride. As you can see everyone around this boy was in awe of his patriotism, and why not? Just look at him compared to the spoiled brats in the NFL who make over $2.5 Million a year and grandstand during our national anthem.
— Ken B (@md_steeler_fan) August 18, 2018
Love it , great job parents !
— Mennes (@Mennes13) August 18, 2018
Great job young man🇺🇸 https://t.co/kKtrRzOGKa
— Honor Flight NE (@HonorFlightNE) August 17, 2018
What a great change after spending two years seeing millionaire ball tossers taking a knee in protest of the America which has given them so much. It’s truly sad to see this 3-year-old gets it but grown men who have been blessed beyond belief don’t get why this nation is exceptional.
These parents are doing a great job raising this boy. Maybe if more parents were like this our jails wouldn’t be full of criminals like so many in the NFL who can’t seem to be able to stay away from trouble.
Here is more on the national anthem NFL controversy via PJ Media:
New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro says that the network has no plans to televise the national anthem during broadcasts of Monday Night Football.
Pitano says that the network has never broadcast the national anthem and had no plans to do so now. However, he did not say whether announcers and commentators would offer on-air opinions if there were protests by players during the anthem.
“Pitaro, who was hired March 5 following the abrupt departure of John Skipper, told reporters at a media event on ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn., that the network has not previously shown the national anthem during its Monday Night Football broadcasts and does not have plans to change — at least, not in the immediate future.
According to Axios, Pitaro also said that ESPN has informed the league of its plans “as (a) courtesy” given their partnership. Earlier, he had told reporters that he has spent much of his young tenure at ESPN working to strengthen the company’s relationship with the NFL.
ESPN pays about $2 billion per year for the right to broadcast Monday Night Football , according to the Associated Press.
Pitano reportedly “bristled” at the notion that ESPN was a political organization:
The league and the NFL Players’ Association are currently working toward a mutually agreeable policy for conduct during the national anthem, and it is unclear whether a new policy will be unveiled prior to the beginning of the regular season Sept. 6.
Later in his Friday remarks, Pitaro bristled at the notion that ESPN is a political organization, but told reporters the network will continue to cover the intersections of sports and politics and sports and culture.
There is no “intersection” between sports and politics beyond that which is created by ignorant sports reporters looking for content. Sports is sports and politics is politics. The political opinions of players are as irrelevant as those of Hollywood actors or hip-hop artists.
Worse than irrelevant, the opinions of athletes are uninformed. When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the playing of the anthem, his reasons were spectacularly ignorant:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
His words were amplified a thousand times over by reporters eager for content and controversy. But the relevance of his opinions is on par with the guy sitting next to you on a bar stool. Fans no more want to hear Kaepernick’s notion of “oppression” than they do the drunken bar patron.
ESPN is not only a political organization, it is a blatantly biased political organization. If Pitaro doesn’t know that, I suggest he watch a few hours of his own network.”
We stand for the national anthem for all those who can’t. We stand for the memory of all those who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom to watch or play, a game.
Some people say that freedom also includes not having to stand. That may be true, but when you are at your place of work, your freedom of speech is left at the door. What’s most interesting about all these kneeling NFL players is the fact that they weren’t seen at any protests for social justice in the offseason, which makes them total frauds.
Colin Kaepernick Blindsided By Huge News 2 Weeks After His Nasty Nike Debut
Colin Kaepernick is best known for being the guy who started kneeling during the Nation Anthem. He has been a polarizing figure for both the people who support what he did and the people who hate him for disrespecting the flag.
Most recently Nike signed him for an ad that they have been running during NFL football games. At first, it seemed that Nike regretted their decision as their stock began to drop. But the people who support the kneeling movement showed up in mass to buy Nike products and profits went through the roof.
Now it seems that there could be some new opportunities coming Kaepernick’s way. We’ll wait and see what the truth is.
bro bible wrote:
Colin Kaepernick hasn’t stepped foot on the gridiron since the 2016 season, a year after he rustled a fair amount of jimmies by sparking a movement when he decided to start kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
This decision kicked off quite the saga, as Kaepernick was unable to find a new home after opting out of his contract with the 49ers, which was kind of suspicious when you consider Blaine Gabbert is still somehow signed to an NFL roster.
Rumors began to fly that the quarterback had been blackballed from the league in a vast conspiracy that some people theorized stretched all the way to the President of the United States.
It took a while, but Kaepernick recently burst back onto the scene in a big way after Nike revealed he’d be the face of their 30th-anniversary ad campaign.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
People responded appropriately to the news and by that I mean they decided to burn Nike gear they’d already dropped money on in protest.
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4
— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018
That’ll show ’em.
Shortly after the announcement, Nike dropped an ad that was seemingly designed to piss off his detractors even more.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 5, 2018
Kaepernick has also been busy fighting a court battle concerning the alleged collusion that’s kept him out of the league for so long, but if his lawyer is to be believed, it could only be a matter of time before he returns to the football field.
TMZ Sports also wrote:
Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady … on the same team???
That seems to be the suggestion coming from Colin’s attorney, Mark Geragos — who’s teasing to TMZ Sports that two NFL teams could be interested in signing the QB.
“I would just say, ‘Stay tuned’ … that next week there may be some news.”
Our guy pushed to get more information — and Geragos started dropping hints about the 2 teams.
The first clue obviously points to the Oakland Raiders.
“I’ll say this … if Al Davis was still alive.”
The interesting part of that comment — Al’s son, Mark Davis, took over the Raiders when his father passed away … and Mark recently told us he thought it was a good idea for Nike to sign Kaep.
The other clue was a little more abstruse, but he suggests Patriots owner Robert Kraft could be interested in Colin.
There’s more to the clip … Geragos also says Colin and his girlfriend, Nessa, are NOT boycotting the NFL. They’re watching games (they’re fans) and they’re supporting players like Kenny Stills.
Geragos also clears up some misinformation about Colin’s deal with Nike — confirming what TMZ Sports already told you … he is FOR SURE getting his own shoe as part of his deal with the Swoosh.
It remains to be seen if what Geragos is saying has any merit. It’s hard to believe that any team would sign a player who hasn’t set foot on a football field in 3 years.
It would make more sense to sign Tebow and get a real athlete who is ready to play right now.
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