September 25, 2017

Unlike snowflake NFL players, Auston Matthews won't kneel during anthem, says it dishonors the military

StaffRebel Columnist

Leave it to a hockey player to put things in perspective. Toronto Maple Leafs forward and American superstar Auston Matthews will not be kneeling during the anthem.

While Matthews agreed with reporters that the sports world can play a massive factor in bringing issues to the forefront, he said taking a knee is dishonoring the military.

Matthews was asked if he'd go to the White House if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup and said he would, calling it a “pretty big honor”. The question was asked after a recent controversy in which NBA's Golden State Warriors' star Steph Curry said he didn't want to go to the White House and Trump withdrew his invitation.

FLASHBACK: Team USA Hockey coach John Tortorella says he will bench players who don't stand up during the national anthem

In addition, he said he has friends and family who served in the military and that kneeling or stretching during the anthem is a
dishonor to the men and women who fight for the flag.

The Leafs star did, however, support free speech. “You have the right to say whatever you want, so obviously people have taken this time to send a message or make a statement and that's their opinion. They have the right to do that, so good for them,” he said.

Do you agree with Auston Matthews? Leave a comment below.

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commented 2017-09-27 00:49:02 -0400
NBA players, and NFL players, and even players in the National Hockey league, are paid big bucks to play the game well, but also to entertain the crowds through their personalities and unique showmanship.

“Every knee shall bend” is certainly unique showmanship and the viewers are either loving it or hating it. Imagine these players who are the best-paid in North America, choosing the gesture of genuflecting, of going down on one knee?

They are earning their million dollar salaries.
commented 2017-09-26 11:18:38 -0400
It’s not free speech when you are getting paid by your employer millions of dollars to do your job.
commented 2017-09-26 11:01:29 -0400
OK Jay Kelly Imagine you are out to lunch with your significant other at a ritzy restaurant and the waiter comes over to you and starts engaging you in politics expressing views you don’t agree with. You say we’re just here to eat not talk politics but this employees persists telling you that it is his free speech right and he is going to keep on doing it because the issues are too important. So does his boss have a right for offending customers and damaging the product (restaurant dining experience) or not? This is not a free speech issue. Of course the employee has a right to free speech but he is not being paid to speak he is being paid to serve and deliver a pleasant dining experience as best he can. He can keep talking himself out of a job and he can practise his free speech all the way to the unemployment office but I doubt even there he will be able to collect if he gets fired because he was not being paid to pursue his own agenda at work. If the owner of the restaurant came and took to one knee to support his loud mouth employee then it would display they had zero regard for the customer or understanding why the patron came to their establishment in the first place.
commented 2017-09-26 01:38:51 -0400
Thank you, Drew. In Canada we tend to play down our strengths. But almost unique in the world we are tolerant and welcoming. You have strong opinions, but I thank you for your graciousness.
commented 2017-09-26 01:23:22 -0400
Jay Kelly who was president for 8 years? Why no teams kneeling then? The problems grew under Obama not under Trump.
commented 2017-09-26 01:19:15 -0400
Kelly Weber NICE! Not too often i agree with you , but i loved that one.
commented 2017-09-26 00:31:04 -0400
We in Canada think it is about black players in the United States protesting the bigotry of their own President.

But watch the black players genuflect, and their white coaches and comrades joining them. It is a beautiful site.

It is actually a clear gesture that racism and bigotry and racism has not won out in the United States, and we have hope.
commented 2017-09-26 00:03:41 -0400
Yes Jay, I feel sorry for those Black guys too. The USA has been really unfair to them, with the NBA and NFL only paying them on average 1 million a game. After all, with their brains, they could have been successful brain Surgeons.
commented 2017-09-25 23:57:47 -0400
Jay Kelly commented: “It seems to be a movement to praise God rather than worship a petty and bigoted president.”
Since when National Anthem has become president worship, does it even mentions the office of the President? And where did you hear or saw those ungrateful, bigoted NFL players & their supporters praising God?
Jay, undoubtedly like all the leftists you must be pretty screwed up in your mind.
commented 2017-09-25 23:23:39 -0400
So many young black athletes in the United States are joining in on this movement that it is stirring. Not only black athletes, but white players and coaches are also joining in.

It seems to be a movement to praise God rather than worship a petty and bigoted president.
commented 2017-09-25 22:51:41 -0400
Edward Joben… This young man has proven to be an advocate of free speech and yet you go on to beat him up. I think maybe you have some deep-seated anger towards athletes in general but why this young man who bucks the trend and support free speech.. If I were you I wouldn’t worry about the money that he makes because in all fairness he’s not worried about the money you make and you don’t have a gun to your head to spend it had a Maple leaf game for $75 in the cheap seats.
commented 2017-09-25 22:45:01 -0400
J Kelly… Do you bow then Neil and Bob..??
commented 2017-09-25 21:53:36 -0400
The “kneeling” during the anthem is actually a genuflection, bowing on one knee.

The main stream media seem to ignore the meaning and origins of this gesture.

It is not a protest as such. It is a strong gesture to indicate that there is a far greater power.

In this case, shown by so many professional athletes in the United States, there is a strong faith that Donald Trump’s racism and sexism is minor when compared to the power of God.
commented 2017-09-25 21:22:15 -0400
“Matthews was asked if he’d go to the White House if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup ”?? :-)

Bwaaaaa haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ROTFLMAO!!!
commented 2017-09-25 18:36:19 -0400
Matthews was asked if he’d go to the White House if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup ….

He might as well say he’s go to Mars if the Leafs win the Cup ( yuk, yuk ,yuk :-)
commented 2017-09-25 17:46:59 -0400
I doubt that Matthews has ever really checked out the issue of freedom of speech. He, like most pro athletes and Hollywood bimbos, live in a bubble and are not even worth listening to when it comes to social issues. I wonder if he even knows why Kaepernick did what he did in the first place, or if he has ever researched the issues related to this nonsense about police brutality towards blacks. These people all know that they have to say what they perceive the public wants to hear in order that their popularity is not affected – political correctness.
Thankfully, though I have never been a particularly big fan of his treatment of reporters, at least Tortorella has a patriotic backbone. So he has moved up a notch in my books.
commented 2017-09-25 16:53:11 -0400
It’s kind of hard to take being pontificated about oppression from athletes who get multi-million dollar contracts while they hold their audience who pay through the nose for their “free speech” exercise to be shoved down their throats. If speech is free why are we paying 75$ for the cheap seats?
commented 2017-09-25 16:26:38 -0400
Kudos to Auston Matthews.
Others who deliberately disrespects his/her country’s Flag, National Anthem or Constitution should be considered traitor & be dealt with it likewise.
Fault lies on the fans of such arrogant, ungrateful league & players who tolerate their insolent behavior in the name of game. Have some pride in your society & country stop giving your hard earned money to these parasites.
commented 2017-09-25 16:13:49 -0400
The amount of team owners and coaches that came into a league wide agreement on this issue that has now expanded into other sports suggests a level of organization that was no doubt orchestrated by political entities. I would love to know who’s behind the curtain pulling levers and pushing the buttons and pulling the puppet’s strings this time. Most likely as the talking head lyric went “same as it ever was”. Imagines the Hillary Clinton machine dancing robotically as the swamp water rushes by. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98AJUj-qxHI
commented 2017-09-25 14:35:58 -0400
Good man Auston Matthews.
What a very different world today than it was in the 60’s when my dad took me to see Leaf’s games at the Gardens…
Polarization is rampant today in the world, but especially so in the West! – and it feels like we don’t even have a choice…compromise with all those delusional freaks on the left and their looney-tune ideology? – not a chance in hell!
War is coming.
Some people just won’t or can’t take much more of this contrived evil we’ve all had forced on us.
War is coming…
commented 2017-09-25 14:29:34 -0400
Since he’s a Leaf, he’ll never get the chance to visit the White House.
commented 2017-09-25 14:08:48 -0400
Good for that young man… His mother and father saw to it that he was raised properly. Imagine that… And athlete endorsing free speech and hopefully he gathers a following and not going to get ostracize for his efforts.!!