Kate Upton Slams Miami Dolphins Players For Kneeling During National Anthem on 9/11
Kate Upton is taking aim at a handful of professional football players on the Miami Dolphins.
During the first Sunday of the 2016 National Football League season yesterday, September 11, several athletes protested by kneeling during the national anthem. Let us repeat that: Yesterday was September 11, 15 years after the infamous attack on the World Trade Center.
The aforementioned athletes — running back Arian Foster, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills — were the latest protesters in a string of demonstrations that started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during a preseason game in August.
The timing of the protests did not sit well with the 24-year-old model, and she first revealed her displeasure by retweeting an image of the athletes kneeling, and adding, "This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other."
This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other. https://t.co/qFozwaH9BuKate Upton (@KateUpton) September 11, 2016
The Sports Illustrated cover girl then took to Instagram to further detail her objection to the protests.
“Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific,” she stated in the caption below.
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.
"Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart.”
Though Kate’s post was met with plenty of support, the debate surrounding the protests raged on as one journalist sent the model a link putting the protests into context:
After she responded by stating 9/11 is “not the time” to protest, the journalist, Roland Martin, asked, "So in your world, the protests should take place on 9.10 or 9.12, just not 9/11?"
The Vanity Fair model replied, "Sorry I wasn't clear. Never during our national anthem. Especially on 9/11 #NeverForget."
The conversation ended there, but the model-turned-actress has since re-posted a picture of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks interlocking arms during the anthem, implying she would support a protest of that nature:
While similar protests will certainly continue, the model’s fiancé, Justin Verlander, made his stance very clear with his own Instagram post:
Though the Miami Dolphins players have not specifically addressed Kate, Arian Foster tweeted about the protest itself — which teammate Kenny Stills retweeted — writing, "There was a pre game speech from our president commemorating those that lost their lives on that tragic day on 9/11. we stood for that. don't put your hatred in our hearts.”
When these 14 men took a knee, took a seat, or raised a fist - all done peacefully, it violated white sensibilities. pic.twitter.com/3ZSSjaQiCUShaun King (@ShaunKing) September 12, 2016
Being that we’re only one week into the NFL season, we can expect this debate — and these protests — to continue for the foreseeable future.