“Mistreatment” has a new meaning
Athletes have no reason to protest
Written by Dylan Randolph and James Paxson, Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor
There is nothing more upsetting than to hear a man who makes more than a teacher, police officer and firefighter combined in one year, say that he feels mistreated in this country.This country glamorizes athletes to the extreme with an opportunity for these celebrities to make America proud. It has been all too common in professional football recently to see players such as Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Jeremy Lane, among others, sitting during the national anthem. These athletes are protesting the violence against African American citizens by law enforcement, which has been a major controversy in the country within recent years. Many African American athletes have joined in the movement with Colin Kaepernick, stating that they have been mistreated as well.
Unfortunately, the fact remains that with these certain individuals there is no mistreatment; there is just an exaggeration of the truth. There is no mistreatment among professional National Football League players by law enforcement, it most of the time is the exact opposite.
For example according to Star-Treatment an article on CBC.com, a retired wide receiver for multiple NFL teams, Donte Stallworth, was arrested and found guilty back in 2009 to a DUI manslaughter charge after killing a man in Florida while being under the influence. He served 30 days in jail, for killing a man while drunk. According to an Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida the regular sentence for a DUI manslaughter is between four and fifteen years.
Think about this for a second. Colin Kaepernick is a backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49er’s, which means he will most likely not see any playing time this season. What people who have little interest in football may not realize is that according to spotrac.com he makes an average salary of 19 million dollars a year. This man is making almost twenty million dollars a year to sit down on a bench and wear an expensive headset. How is that mistreatment compared to men getting shot while having their hands up in front of police officers? Or a man getting beaten or murdered in front of his family for no reason. Those people are being mistreated in this country; not athletic celebrities. In fact, that sounds like quite the opposite. Making more than police officers, teachers, military officials and many other professions combined to not even play when the time comes. Twenty million dollars a year is a lot of money that could be spent on charity or shelters, but instead he gets to use it at his own leisure so he can buy nice cars, clothes, houses etc.
Another “mistreatment” that Kaepernick or any other professional athlete must face is recognition everywhere they go. There must have been a time where these athletes were out to dinner or at a bar and received special treatment by the manager of the establishment whether it was a better table, special service or any other extravagant service.
In this country everyone has the right to protest, but the kneeling of multi-million dollar players during the National Anthem on Sept. 11 was appalling. Many players looked right ahead at a man or woman in uniform and refused to stand. On any other day not standing to the theme of our country would be wrong, but not as ignorant.
An American soldier is designed to do whatever it takes to keep America safe. The disrespect to the country that let’s these football players live like kings is uncalled for. From now on anyone who decides to trash the moment of solitude and honor that the National Anthem gives to real Americans should take a long look in the mirror. These athletes are not being mistreated by anyone.