I can see the OP point about JL and JD being in a no win situation. Sometimes, that’s just how it is. Some fans are going to be pissed off if you let them and you can’t risk the recruiting impact by not allowing the protest.
Just so we are clear on this: I am a white male, born in the Mississippi Delta, the better part of my childhood into college in Harrison, Arkansas. I’m sure some assumptions can be made about all of that. BUT, my grandfather taught my Dad and I to never judge someone by their skin but by their actions.
I don’t know what it’s like to be profiled by police. The only prejudice I’ve ever faced is reverse prejudicism. I know it’s real. I know I felt bad. I know I felt angry. And I know it’s much less than what other races face on a day to day basis.
I’ve not been in uniform. I know many who have. I deeply appreciate their service. I know many in uniform are minorities. I know they serve to protect our nation, to protect our way of life, to protect our liberties. Although I have not served, I would fight any invading force to the death and if our country ever needed to invoke the draft again I would serve with pride.
During the CNR times, I was in my teens then early twenties. Young. Naive. And it would bother me that he would use his platform as a coach of the UA to voice his personal opinions. Fast forward twenty years of life and experience, I admire him for doing it even though he might have been able to use that platform for a longer period of time by being a little more strategic in his words and actions. I love me some CNR and life has made me appreciate his courage.
Personally, I think Colin Kaepernick could have chose a different way to voice his opinions. But he didn’t. Now, this has become the way others are voicing their protest. So, with that example out there, it doesn’t surprise me that others are choosing to voice their protest the same way.
I respect CMA for his comments. I think CMA is a classy guy.
I know that college is a time to explore and find out who you are and what you believe in. I think it’s natural to test that and to struggle with finding your voice. In no way do I make a final judgement on these ladies. I appreciate that they were together as a team, even though some stood and some kneeled.
I guess I can see that the Arkansas Razorbacks jersey can represent people have the right to choose to stand and people have right to kneel. I think our administration and coaches can allow the jersey to mirror our national flag that stands for freedom. I can be just as proud of the Razorback jersey today as I am of our flag and what both represent. I would deeply troubled if the UA had tried to silence these ladies.
The chips will fall where they fall. Every action has a consequence - intended or unintended. If people choose to not buy tickets or support the Lady Razorbacks, that is their choice. This was a long post but I think people should really reflect on what they would do if one of these student-athletes were their daughter before they make some of the comments being made.