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NFL quarterback who allegedly sexually assaulted two women thinks Colin Kaepernick is out of line

Ben Roethlisberger is a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s also been accused of sexually assaulting two women. Now, he’d like to share his thoughts on San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality.

During an interview this morning with ESPN, Roethlisberger said this about Kaepernick:

“When it comes to the National Anthem and the flag, I think it stands for something different. You know, like you said, family, brothers, my grandfather served in the Navy—people that have served this country—men and women who’ve lost their lives…to me that’s the National Anthem we stand and support because they give us the freedom to play this game. We are so, so lucky to play a game that we love…and that’s because we have the freedom that soldiers have given us.”

So according to Roethlisberger, the freedom that the National Anthem stands for only applies to actions that honor our military and police. Oh, and don’t forget your freedom to play football.

From Jezebel’s Madeleine Davies:

Freedom in America is a relative concept, of course. It’d be nice if that freedom extended to a black person’s ability to survive a routine pullover, for example. It’d be nice if a woman in America could feel free to go to a NFL quarterback’s room to fix a TV without fearing being sexually assaulted. And it’d be nice for a woman in America to feel free to press charges against her accused rapist without being intimidated out of it by his fans, his legal team, and the media.

Listen to Roethlisberger’s interview in the link below:

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  1. Ed Callen

    August 31, 2016 at 6:55 am

    First of all the rhetoric and absolute hateful content of input from society nowadays is just mind boggling.A personality behaves in a disrespectful manner for selfish reasons and a writer brings up allegation of rape to discredit another personality for his opinion on the subject. Then the discussion changes to rape and everyone is insulting and disrespecting each other.Business as usual.
    I personally know women,women,plural, who have been victims of rape and sexual assault,friends and family.I agree with Chris Kyte wholeheartedly on her opinions of how the system treats rape and the devastating effect it has on the victims and their families and loved ones.I believe it should be a crime that is treated just like murder because I know something dies inside the victims and I definitly think laws should change in relation to the act of rape,ESPECIALLY statutes of limitation.
    However,I believe Ms Kyte is remiss along with the author for bringing “accusations” of rape against Roethlisberger into a discussion about Colin Kapernick .
    Furthermore,I think Mr. Palma used those accusations and the heinous crime as a way to bring attention to his pathetic spew into the universe. Palma’s article is like a virtual,cheesy fart made up of text,permeating this small corner of cyberspace.
    Sadly somethings cant be unseen and he,like many of the low foreheads on sites like this are just conributing to the dumbing and numbing down of our society to the deeply tragic effects this heinous act has on its victim.So shame on him and shame on all of those who flame the fires of idiocy and hate in order to make a buck or bring attention to themselves.Yes,parts of the system are broke and they need fixing.How about we try working together,ya think,maybe?

    Which brings me to the original topic of this article,Colin Kapernick’s “protest”.
    As far as Mr Kapernick’s disrespectful act,which is exactly what it was.It wasnt a “protest”,it was an act of disrespect. Im going to respond to Ms Davies comment,as well. According to the Bureau of Justice, of the 220 million drivers 26.4 million were stopped by the police,13% black,10%white and 10% Hispanic,3,338,000 African Americans were involved in traffic stops.Make no mistake,there are problems,there are serious racial problems facing this nation
    I’m going to remind us all of one of the greatest leaders this country has ever had,Dr Martin Luther King.I saw the man,I heard the man speak.Does anyone understand how elated he would have been to know that we’ve had an African American president for 8 years and how immediately saddened he’d be after watching and reading the racial tensions this country is experiencing,ON BOTH SIDES.
    I think if Mr Kapernick truly wants to “protest” his lack of pride and respect for a flag and country that oppresses people of color,yes,Colin,”Its bigger than football”. So,IMO,I believe that quitting and ceasing to be a part of the machine he despises would be a true,valid form of protest.Showing the world that he is not willing to participate in a system that oppresses would be the perfect act of defiance.Giving up 61 million guaranteed and 19 million a year would definitley illustrate the truth of his convictions.He could also stop paying taxes to the country he despises and risk incarceration to further show his disdain.Rev King and other activists who worked to change injustice and inequality in this country’s journey were willing to face arrest and inprisonment for their beliefs. Glen Coffee quit the NFL,he was drafted the same year and in the same round as Kapernick and joined the Army Rangers for his beliefs.But the media never tells you about guys like Glen do they? Sky Palma and Ms Davies don’t want to tell us about him,theres no money in it.Oh and Ms Davies might like to know that Glen Coffee,an African American, actually survived a traffic stop AND he was in possession of a gun.
    Race,homophobia and misogyny and the hate associated with ir will continue to thrive and blossom in this country because people like Sky Palma and Madeline Davies make living off of them.Think of all the people,all the corporations and other entities that would be looking for jobs if we all started getting along.What would happen if Sky Palma actually had to think and become a creative,relevant journalist.He’d be flippin’ hamburgers or working at Walmart in a week. Actually,I would not be surprised if the media is exposed in the future for creating incidents involving the subjects I just mentioned
    Keep the faith

  2. Ron

    August 31, 2016 at 9:19 am

    “He’s also been accused of…” is a hateful statement, my friend. He has not been CONVICTED and is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY…and who the hell taught you journalistic ethics? This is yellow journalism…

  3. Bob Terry

    September 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    allegedly

  4. Fred Booker

    September 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I served in Vietnam . I served so that Colin and people like you would be able to legally and peacefully protest. MLK also fought for human rights .One of rights allows me to sit during the playing of the National Anthem. What about the reason for the protest? Does that mean more to you than a piece of clothing?

  5. Arj

    September 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Prove it.

  6. Paul Pauls III

    September 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Bump big ben!!

  7. Amigo Kandu

    September 19, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Kobe was lucky his victim had “mental issues”?
    Not a blogger, myself…
    but even OJ had 911 call recordings against him, about ready to kill Nicole
    Tears in the rain people, tears in the rain.
    American justice is a carnival game.

  8. GnhvDierce

    October 16, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thanks regarding furnishing this type of wonderful posting.

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