Talk about insanity! Adults are suppose to set a good example for children, especially coaches. This coach needs to be replaced! I can’t imagine that there aren’t parents of military service personnel who are outraged in Belleville, Illinois right now!
What 8-year-old would kneel on his OWN during the national anthem?
In Belleville, Illinois, the 8-and-under tackle football team are filmed all taking a knee during the national anthem. And now we have the revealing phone interview with their coach, whose excuses for allowing the behavior seems a lot more like he encouraged the kids to be disrespectful instead of simply tolerated it.
Coach Orlando Gooden said that the team made a unanimous decision to take a knee with their backs to the flag when the national anthem started to play at a football game this Sunday in a suburb of St. Louis. When he spoke to a local Fox channel, Coach Gooden said that it was a direct response to the acquittal of the St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, who until recently was on trial for the fatal shooting of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith.
Come on Man! I highly doubt this group of 8-year-olds would kneel to the national anthem ON THEIR OWN!
The Coach said he was asked by one of his charges about the protests and riots in St. Louis.Coach Gooden said it was a “good teaching moment,” so he called the team into a circle and had a meeting to explain Colin Kaepernick’s protests of social injustice and accusations of police brutality. Then, Gooden said one of the kids asked him if they could all “do that.”
Right! Seriously? Did you also find a teaching moment to teach these kids about all the military and service personnel that fight to defend freedom and your 1st Amendment Rights too? This is NOT about honesty and integrity when it comes to the national anthem or our military.
What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries.”
He went on to say that as long as he has the support of the parents and the team, he’s fine with the kneeling, and that kneeling is covered under the First Amendment.
Kneeling is definitely covered under the First Amendment. And the rest of us are free to recognize what a colossal, disrespectful jerk you are to use these kids as a prop.
When the video was shared on Facebook on the league’s Facebook page and on Coach Gooden’s wife’s page, there was a mix of support and protest towards his actions.
“My child would not be on his knee!”
“I think you all have a good team good coaches and we respect y’all and what you are doing is right.”
“I’m so sick and tired of this garbage!”
“The coaches should be fired for allowing this!”
Despite the problems online, the Coach still insists that it was the kids’ idea to kneel, not his.
— Nick Short ?? (@PoliticalShort) September 19, 2017
“This coach is a lying piece of s**t eight-year-olds don’t know nothing, but cartoons and playing in the parks. They don’t watch the news this guy used these kids as a platform for his dumb**s agenda.”
“Argh! These kids are the future 8-year prison sentences.”
“It was a good teaching moment? He lies. I would have walked on the field and grabbed my kid by his pants and drug him off. Then tell the coach how my kid will never play for his racist **s ever again.
There are a few more highly-discussed comments on the video that I won’t republish because there’s only so many words I can bleep out before the sentence is nothing but ***’s.
Here’s the two minute video.
You can bet if any one of those parents have a child serving in the military, they are NOT supporting this football coach or this action!
When ANYONE kneels during the national anthem, they are disrespecting our the flag, our country and our military. These 8-year-olds are doing this because of their coach. A football coach who should NOT be bringing politics into his job. A coach who should be setting a good example. A football coach who needs to visit a home of a widow of a service man. Maybe then HE would think differently.