On Sunday, the internet lost its mind after entire teams kneeled or locked arms in solidarity during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and white supremacy. Even Rico Lavell who sang the National Anthem during the Falcons vs. Lions closed out his performance by taking a knee. The act has created two camps of Americans: those who support the players, and those who see their actions as unforgivable, presumably because respecting the U.S. flag is the most important thing a tight end can do on the field.
When it comes to understanding what it means to be an American, few people have a better grasp of the concept than retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, set to become the secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration. Not only did Kelly spend more than 40 years of his life in uniform, serving in both Desert Storm and the initial invasion of Iraq alongside Gen. James F. Mattis, he’s a Gold Star father. In 2010, Kelly’s son, Robert, was killed in action as a Marine serving in Afghanistan.