Local veterans upset over NFL protests
The NFL is taking a hard hit over the numerous players and teams refusing to stand during the National Anthem Sunday. News 25’s Gina Tomlinson spoke to local veterans to find out their stance on the protests.
United we stand, but that’s not what dozens of NFL players chose to do during the National Anthem on Sunday. Many players decided to kneel, sit, or stay in the locker room. The protests are very upsetting to many veterans on the Coast. Veteran Jack Morris said, “Respect our flag, respect our country. If you don’t like it, get out.”
Eighty-six year-old Gulfport veteran Jack Morris served over 20 years fighting for our country, Morris is retired from the United States Air Force. He was deployed overseas during his time in the Navy. “I could have lost my life over there, saw a little bit of problems over there. The fact of it is, I love my country, I love my flag, and I don’t like anyone who shows any sort of disrespect.”
It all started when former 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest racial injustice last year. When President Trump said players protesting during the anthem should be fired, that sparked a massive protest during NFL game day. American Legion Post 119 Commander Terry Applebee said, “They’re not protesting the flag. They’re protesting him, but at the same time, they don’t realize the meaning of that flag.”
Applebee believes all Americans have the right to protest. He tells News 25 these players should be using their million dollar platforms toward bigger world problems. “If they put as much energy into supporting hurricane victims as they do taking a kneeling of the flag, I think this country would be in a lot better shape.”
Veteran Ralph Henshew said, “My father survived the Death March of Bataan in WWII. When I went to the Army, he explained to me you don’t have to like who is in charge, but you have to salute the uniform. That’s the same way I feel about the flag.”