The issue of standing or kneeling during the national anthem has been quite controversial in line with the 9/11 anniversary. The latest to join in the fray is model Kate Upton who bashed Dolphin players for kneeling during the national anthem. The supermodel immediately took to Twitter and aired her disappointment and called the behavior "unacceptable." Obviously, the 24 year-old was in fight mode as her tweet went up the social media network.
"This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other," she tweeted.
Kneeling vs. Standing
Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Arian Foster and Jelani Jenkins were the Dolphin players who were pictured kneeling before their Week 1 game against the Seahawks, who were arm to arm with each other. A notable player, Jeremy Lane, defiantly sat during the national anthem before a preseason game.The action was seen as a show of support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick proudly declared during the interview that he will not stand in respect before the flag of a country who does not respect people in color. Kaepernick's action caught fire as several other players, even high school players, followed suit and refused to stand during the national anthem.
Upton On Honor And Respect
Upton, on the other hand, is one of those who support the idea that standing during the national anthem shows honor and respect for those who died during the 9/11 attack. A week prior to her tweet, she posted a picture on her Instagram account showing her fiancé Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers' ace player, standing proud and declaring his support for those who died during the September 11 attack 15 years ago.
Her tweet did not go unnoticed as what she might have intended and it resulted to others expressing their opinions about the NFL players' actions. Tom Moran, a book reviewer for Chicago Tribune, for example, expressed his support for the players with a tweet that says the "players are just exercising their freedom of speech" and that their action did not break any law under the Constitution.
Slattern joined in his disapproval for Upton with a similar tweet:
@KateUpton where in this picture does it show you they aren't proud to be Americans? Protesting wrongs is how we became a country.
— slattern (@slatt3rn) September 11, 2016
Upton did not sit still against these tweets as she tweeted in reply saying:
Protest&speak ur mind whenever u want but during the 120secs you should support the people who protect our freedom. https://t.co/qFozwaH9Bu — Kate Upton (@KateUpton) September 11, 2016
Her response also elicited a lot of responses. As to where this is heading, the issue of kneeling or standing during the national anthem might continue to be a hot topic during the NFL game season.