Well, he’s certainly miffed.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has had it with the drama queens of the National Football League, and in particular, with a group of Cleveland Browns players who decided to kneel, rather than stand for the National Anthem.
“I will NEVER attend a sporting event where the draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field,” O’Neill said in a Tuesday Facebook post.
“Shame on you all. William O’Neill, LTC, US Army, Retired. Vietnam veteran; son of a World II veteran; proud father of an Iraq veteran,” he added.
For their part, the players involved in kneeling are saying they just wanted to make a statement after Charlottesville.
Interestingly enough, the 12 players involved kneeled to pray. They weren’t pulling a Kaepernick. They were pulling a Tebow.
Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey told a Fox News affiliate Tuesday that the group was not trying to disrespect the military.
“Respect to all the veterans, respect to the military — we are not protesting against them. We have our reasons for doing what we did, and last night felt like the right time to do it, and that’s why we did it,” he said.
Now I’m torn.
I absolutely LOATHE this new vogue of sitting out the national anthem, but I am absolutely on board with prayer.
Quite a conundrum for the NFL, however.
Do these players get the same treatment for making their faith public as Tim Tebow received, or do they get a pass because they chose to do it at a moment that looks as if they’re disrespecting our nation’s anthem?
Your move, NFL.