Baltimore Orioles Star Adam Jones Says MLB Players Cannot Protest The National Anthem Because ‘Baseball Is A White Man’s Sport’
Whether you agree with him or not, you have to respect the fact that he’s speaking his mind.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones says MLB players don’t protest the national anthem because “baseball is a White man’s sport.” In case you aren’t familiar, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he sat during The Star-Spangled Banner.
“We already have two strikes against us already, so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game… In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.”
Additionally, the 31-year-old would “never” sit during the national anthem out of respect for family members who served in the military.
However, the outfielder fully supports Kaepernick’s decision to protest.
“He believes in what he believes in, and as a man of faith, as an American who has rights, who am I to say he’s wrong? Kaepernick is not disrespecting the military. He’s not disrespecting people who they’re fighting. What he’s doing is showing that he doesn’t like the social injustice that the flag represents. Look, I know a lot of people who don’t even know the words to the national anthem. You know how many times I see people stand up for the national anthem and not pay attention. They stand because they’re told to stand. That’s the problem. Just don’t do something because you’re told to do something. Do it because you understand the meaning behind it and the sacrifice behind it.”
Overall, Jones wishes the world would listen to and respect the opinions of professional athletes.
“The outside world doesn’t really respect athletes unless they talk about what they want them to talk about… Society doesn’t think we deserve the right to have an opinion on social issues. We make a lot of money, so we just have to talk baseball, talk football.”
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