ESPN: Playing national anthem at games is “injecting politics”

On ESPN Thursday, co-host Max Kellerman claimed that the NFL is “injecting politics” by playing the national anthem at football games.

The conversation was surrounding the recent comparison of Colin Kaepernick to boxer Muhammad Ali.

Kellerman stated that both Kaepernick and Ali were “asked to do things that went against their conscience.”

“In Muhammad Ali’s case, he was asked to take a step forward and become a part of the Vietnam War, and he was against it on religious and moral and ethical principles, and he refused to take the step and he faced five years jail time but was ultimately vindicated in a Supreme Court case,” Kellerman said.

“Colin Kaepernick also, did not go looking for a protest, it came to him,” Kellerman continued. “He was asked to stand for the national anthem. You do not have to stand for the national anthem… and even if was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics into the NFL? No, that’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place,” he ranted on.

His comments are included in the following video, beginning at the 2:45 minute mark.

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