Sports used to be a pastime or event that people would watch together and enjoy — no matter what their age, race, culture, or political opinion. It brought people together, even if it rained or the sun shined.
But with how some people have acted just to express their political opinions, that sentiment no longer seems to exist. Some have acted, it seems, without thinking their actions through at all.
Last week in Ohio, two football players in the Little Miami High School learned the hard way, that although people can show support for Black Lives Matter, the same cannot be said for supporting police officers and firefighters.
Showing support for Black Lives Matter has become the norm all around. The Democrats have not kept quiet, either through their “peaceful protests” turned riots, or simply through their acts of violence.
Those who show their support for Black Lives Matter have been celebrated. In fact, if they had not gone so far in trying to get their message across, more people would have joined to spread their message to end police brutality. Not through defunding the police, but through a police reform of other means.
On September 11, 2020, one of the two high school football players carried a Thin Blue Line flag, while the other carried a Thin Red Line flag. The blue lines represent fallen police officers, while the red lines stand for fallen firefighters.
The players insisted that their statements were not meant to be political. But despite that, they have received an indefinite suspension for simply carrying the two flags onto the field before their game.
Brady Williams held the Thin Blue Line flag, while Jarad Bentley carried the Thin Red Line flag. Williams, whose father works as a police officer, said that he simply wanted to honor all the cops who had lost their lives trying to save others on 9/11.
“I was all for it,” Bentley said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”
Though their intentions were well, the problem is that they had asked for permission to carry the flags prior to the game, and they were denied.
Williams didn’t care what the consequences would be. All he wanted was to get the message across. “I don’t care what my consequences are. So long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Gregory Power, the school superintendent, defended the decision to suspend the two players.
“We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it,” Power said.
He says he saw the flags as symbols of a political opinion, and didn’t want to set a precedent for other people to do the same.
“We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective.”
After Williams’ mother took to Facebook, other people sent hate emails and voicemails to him, saying that they don’t agree with his point of view.
Black Lives Matter protests have become a regular occurrence in professional sports, but it seems that they have reached even high school sports.
Two seniors on the football team of Bluffton High School in Ohio had kneeled during the National Anthem. Despite that, neither of them were punished for doing so.
It seems even high school sports have not been spared from politics.