Essay on Why Athletes Should Stand For The National Anthem

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Why Professional Athletes Should Stand for the National Anthem Jackie Robinson was the first black player to ever play in Major League Baseball he is well respected both as a baseball player and a person. Although he was a well celebrated athlete, not many people remember he did not want to stand for the National Anthem. "Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first World Series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor," Robinson wrote in his autobiography, talking to Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson to play in the majors. "As I write this 20 years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made."
The national anthem is played before every sporting event to honor our troops, and overall just our country together. Sports players in this nation have been blessed with more athletic ability then your everyday person. If you are getting an opportunity to be payed to play a game that you love, you should have to stand while that same country who gave you the opportunity is getting honored. Recently, the uprising was caused by footballs San Francisco Forty Niners quarterback Collin Kaepernick when he did not stand during the national anthem. People were in shock because that is a sign of huge disrespect. When asked why he didn’t stand up after the game, his response was "I am not going…

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