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DAVIE, Fla. – All across the NFL professional athletes are taking a stand — or more accurately, taking a knee during the national anthem.
The players say they are making a statement about injustice in the United States.
And the argument of whether or not their methods are disrespectful has pitted fans against one another.
Football fans at the Twin Peaks in Davie took part in the discussion.
“I think it’s kind of disrespectful. I’m ashamed, actually,” Haun Wright, a football fan, said.
Jamal Jenkins had another view.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Jamal Jenkins said. “I did serve. I gave this country five years of my time, but in doing that that gives them the freedom and the right to make their own statement when they want to.”
Despite the differing opinions, one area of common ground was that this should be a time for unity and not divisiveness.
Those for the protests blame President Donald Trump for causing the split, while those against the protests blame the players.
There seemed to be agreement at the Twin Peaks that Trump’s statements that players taking a knee should be kicked off the field and fired thought those went a little far – regardless of whether or not they approved of the protests.
“I do applaud president Trump for speaking out and making a point to the disrespectful there is. I think they could be fined, but you think firing is too far? I think so,” Danny Laura said.
“Trump is just trying to get in the mix, he just wants to get acknowledged, that’s all. He needs to worry more about Puerto Rico and all of the other islands more than the NFL,” Carlos Vega said.
An interesting thing to note, Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol spoke to two Marine veterans at Twin Peaks who said they were both supportive of the players taking a knee.
When the Marines were asked if they would do the same thing if they were out there, they said it would be a hard decision, since the flag means so much to them.
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