Morning Free Association: September 25

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Friday night in Alabama, President Douchecanoe delivered a tirade that united athletes and citizens across many platforms.

MLB player and catcher for the Athletics Bruce Maxwell became the first baseball player to take a knee. A whole lot of NFL players knelt during the anthem or stayed in the locker room in protest of Trump. The Golden State Warriors decided that they didn’t have a need to stop by the White House.

So where does the NHL fit into all of this? Well, probably where you think they would.

First, on Friday night, Blake Wheeler, Captain America of the Winnipeg Jets, spoke out on Twitter, like for reals.

That’s right, it is. This protest falls under that. Of course, it being Twitter, and of the subset Hockey Twitter, he was told to stick to sports, pampered athlete.

Then Sunday while NFL fans were either embracing or deriding the possible protests, and after word that the Warriors weren’t visiting the White House in the future, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out with their own tepid take.

Yep, they’re going. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy expresses everything that is wrong with this so well, that I’d rather you read the article than have me try to rehash it.

Why does one person taking a stand (or a knee) just send people through the roof? I just don’t get it. Why is it a First Amendment issue for some and a crime against humanity for others? I’m glad that athletes are expressing themselves through peaceful protest, I wish more NHL players would have the temerity to do so.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

In unrelated news: It is suddenly summer and I am taking off all my clothes! Sorry(not sorry) for that image.

Satan81
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

And who the Frk was scoring for Detroit?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

So, how ’bout those Bruins, eh?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I hear they play a sport called Ice Hockey.

I also hear that they played like they were a pee-wee team in Detroit this weekend.

The London Bear
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Mostly they sat in the penalty box but when they weren’t doing that they played like a pee wee team, yes.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Just me but, I find displaying a flag on the back of a pick up truck, where it gets shredded to pieces is more disrespectful than kneeling during the anthem. Just me, like I said, but I am a vet, if you are going to display the flag – do it properly. If you don’t want to display it, don’t.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, I also grit my teeth when I see that, knowing how quickly that flag will get shredded.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

My take on everything:

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phonymahoney
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Hey peeps.

I’ve been trying to post for like three hours and keep getting sidetracked with work. Can you even believe that these people expect me to accomplish things?!
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I’m tired of this whole thing even being an issue. No matter what side of the ACTUAL issue (as in, the reason for the kneeling) you may be on, these people have a right to stand, kneel, sit, sing, not sing, or whatever it is they choose to do during the national anthem. Why? Because Blake Wheeler is right, that’s what America is all about, and like it or not, it’s one of our basic rights as Americans.

#BlakeWheelersFault

Satan81
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I’m sick of white people telling black people how and when to protest.

I’m sick of the bullshit narrative that politics doesn’t belong in sports.

Really? Tell it to Jack Johnson. Tell it to Jesse Owens. Tell it to Jackie Robinson. Tell it to Willie O’Ree. Tell it to Bill Russell. Tell it to Tommie Smith and Doug Carlos. Tell it to Muhammad Ali. Tell it to Doug Williams.

Heck, tell it to Maurice Richard:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Riot

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