Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters started the protest ball rolling on Thursday before the NFL regular season got underway and remained the only player seated for the Star Spangled Banner.

Such outrageous examples of disrespect for the national anthem are becoming the norm in the NFL, mostly among black players who believe they are protesting "racist" police officers.

See what Colin Kaepernick started?

Independent Journal Review interviewed two servicemen who had a few things to say about the protesters.

"I didn’t see that as a sign of disrespect to me. I saw that as a sign of disrespect to my predecessors and to my brothers and sisters that came home in a flag draped coffin from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Josh Ghering, who served in the Marine Corps for 12 years and did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I respect his right to free speech, but I don’t agree/approve of what he is doing," Ghering said. "The NFL is a professional sport and just like the rest of the sports I expect players to leave controversial attention off the field. If they speak about something controversial I would expect a coach, general manager, owner of the team, or the commissioner to take action. It’s bad for business and they need to have a back bone to squash controversy."

Steve B., of C Co. and HHC 2nd Ranger Battalion, served for 12 years in law enforcement as a patrol officer and SWAT team member.

He is convinced these NFL players don't know the police officers they are passing judgment on.

"I would make each one of the disrespectful players participate in a police academy session with role players and simulation weapons. I would have them all meet with Gold Star families," he said. "I would tell them how their uneducated and disrespectful actions, particularly in a time of war, give aid and comfort and encouragement to our enemies."

For Colin Kaepernick, Steven B. called him out for his "lack of truthful information, his lack of taking action (you don't see him patrolling Chicago), and that this is just a manipulative attempt to stay relevant, create drama and claim he is a victim."

Since there will probably be even more NFL players hopping on the protest bandwagon, the stinging words of U.S. servicemen will only further polarize the issue.

Marcus Peters has since taken to Twitter urging people to "Stand for what you stand in. If you see the potential for good, speak up. Don't be quiet."

Peters is "standing in" something alright. But we don't see the good in it.

Do you think more NFL players will join in national anthem protests, regardless of the consequences?

Source: Independent Journal Review

 
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