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Old 09-09-2016, 06:50 PM   #1
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National anthem controversy surrounds sports

Many people will be closely watching NFL teams play on the anniversary of 9/11, since several players have protested the American flag.

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem on Thursday.

Two other NFL players have done the same since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench last month. They said it's a protest against social injustice against African-Americans and other minorities in our country.

"That's what we fought for to give him -- that right to be disrespectful," Vietnam War veteran Woody Haggert said.

Haggert, who is commander of VFW Post 581, understood it's the players' freedom of speech, but he didn't agree with their way of expressing it.

"I do not look at color and that's what he's looking at. I feel sorry for him," Haggert said.

Students we spoke with at Texas A&M University felt the same.

"He's a mentor to a lot of kids and the fact that he's doing that makes it (seem) for other kids, 'Oh, it's OK to do that,' but, like, you're suppose to support your national anthem," student Lueku Kapku said.

"He has the right to sit and be disrespectful to the national anthem, but it's also my right to never watch him again," said another student.

At the University of Texas, chancellor Bill McRaven sent a memo to presidents and athletic directors. It reads, "While no one should be compelled to stand, they should recognize that by sitting in protest to the flag they are disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today -- as imperfect as it might be."

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