The absurdity of disrespecting America continues, this time filtering down to high school kids taking a knee Friday night just before their scheduled football game. The incident took place in New Jersey when players on the Monroe High School football team decided to emulate their apparent idols within the NFL and take a knee as the National Anthem was being played.

However their asinine adolescent antics didn’t go unnoticed by the two referees officiating the game who noticed players taking a knee while they were standing, however the moment the Anthem ended Referees Ernie Lunardelli, 54, and his son, Anthony, 27 left the field, protesting the sideline antics.

The incident took place on September 28th in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a fairly affluent community, and much like those million dollar NFL athletes; these kids seemed to be protesting simply for the sake of protesting.

However, the game did resume with junior cadet officials referring the game.

Referee Ernie Lunardelli was contacted by NJ.com for a response as to the way he and his son left the field; “I’m not in favor of anyone disrespecting our country, our flag, the armed forces,” he said.

He continued; “What they’re protesting has nothing to do with the national anthem and I’m against it, so I decided to protest for them kneeling and that’s what I did,” the veteran football official said.

“Whoever is disrespecting that flag and the national anthem, that’s who I have a problem with.”

“That’s my protest. I don’t care if it’s a baby, if it’s an 80-year-old man, anybody. I don’t care. Any race, color, I don’t care who it is. It’s not the way I was brought up and it pisses me off that people are doing that,” he added.

Perhaps this was the most insightful comment during Lunardelli’s brief interview; “What hurts the most is these kids don’t even know why they’re kneeling. I just don’t understand why this is happening, especially at the high school level. If you’re not happy with being in America, go somewhere else. It’s that simple.”

Lunardelli has been refereeing for 18-years and expects to be blacklisted by the league for walking off the field. However he’s prepared to fight vowing; “I have a lawyer already set up because they’re not going to run me out-of-town.”

Do you believe more individuals such as coaches, referees and local officials should take a stand in protecting our American heritage?

Source: NJ.com

 
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