Growing up, I loved going to sports games. It didn’t really matter which sport, I just loved going to the games. As soon as the anthems would start playing, I was taught to take my hat off, and stand. Why? Respect. It’s that simple. It cost me nothing, but I always appreciated taking those few minutes to stand and show respect. Let’s get this straight, NFL players who choose to kneel have an absolute right to do so. No one should seek to infringe upon that right. They have that right because they live in a country which values free speech. Where free speech and the right to peaceful protest is protected by the constitution of a country in which people have more rights and freedoms than people have in any other country on the planet. That’s why I choose to stand. That’s why I will always stand. And that’s why I will always exercise my right to criticize those who choose to kneel. The issue is not with them kneeling. The issue is with them thinking that because they choose to kneel, they become exempt from criticism. They don’t seem to understand that the first amendment applies to everyone and that, while they have a right to kneel, other Americans, including @realdonaldtrump, have a right to call them out. America is the last truly free country on the planet. It’s the last country on earth where people’s right to free speech, a right all human beings are born with, is truly and fully protected. And I will choose to honor that by standing. By respecting the flag and the anthem, symbols of the greatest country on earth. I’m my opinion, when one considers the opportunities, rights and freedoms people have in America, standing during the anthem is the least one can do. But like I said, if you choose to kneel, that’s a choice that you have a right to make. Just understand that others have a right to criticize and even boycott you for doing so.