Thursday, September 8, 2016

Islam Destroys a QB

Recently, a 2nd string quarterback for an NFL team elected not to stand during the National Anthem. That's certainly his right to freedom of speech, as outlined by the 1st Amendment. But, as often is the case, freedom of speech is not the same as freedom from consequences.

As would be expected, this action led to a lot of media attention. It's a safe bet that this QB timed it perfectly in attempts to gain attention. Right after the Olympics, and just before the debates. Chateau did a piece on it, though you may find  PA a bit more detailed and entertaining.

Of course, this wasn't the first time an athlete decided to protest in a passive-aggressive manner. Nor was this instance an example of a really high profile athlete demonstrating thusly. 20 years ago, Chris Jackson (aka Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) did the same thing in the NBA.

The main difference was that Jackson (Abdul-Rauf) was an all-star and his team's top player. Jackson was fined $30,000 and suspended a game. Two years later, he was out of the NBA altogether. It is often argued that the stunt ruined his (much higher profile) career.

Philosophical question:
When have you seen a black man convert to Islam and it made a positive impact on his life?

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