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ESPN Columnist Slams Practice of Having Police Sing National Anthem at Sporting Events


ESPN Magazine's Howard Bryant wrote in a new column that cops singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "staged patriotism," arguing that it signals an "authoritarian shift at the ballpark." More Here.

May 30, 2016
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HockeyCop29 @ 5/31/2016 2:30 AM

STAGED PATRIOTISM? Tell that to the families and friends of my 4 Brothers killed in the line of duty during my police career, 3 of whom were gunned down, 1 who was dragged to his death. We love our nation, our communities, our calling. The loser who ised those hate-filled words knows nothing about what community is about: law abiding citizens with a goal of peaceful social interaction.

That ESPN would give this sorry excuse for a journalist a platform to spread hatred towards law enforcement tells me they don't need our subscriptions to the ESPN channels.

tom @ 5/31/2016 11:33 AM

I can't believe that ESPN, would even let this guy make this statement, representing them. The guy is a jackass, and probably does not even know the words to our national anthem. He is entitled to his opinion, like all Americans, but don't tread on mine. Let him move to a country where he can cover other worldly sports, like the dead goat games. ESPN, retract this statement, or lose a lot of business.

kojack58 @ 5/31/2016 5:07 PM

I bet this journalist wouldn't last two seconds in an ISIS camp then watch how quick he is looking for help from our Military or let him walk down a dark street in Chicago by himself and see if he doesn't call for law enforcement to help his lousy butt. Let me get a hold of that lovely silver earring. He will need a new ear.

Alfie @ 6/3/2016 8:43 AM

It's obvious that this individual never served anyone but his own interest. I served in the military and local PD and I can't explain the level of patriotism I have for our country and the community I served. As a minority myself, I never used that as an excuse, entitlement or an expectation, but more as an ability to bring communities together. He does not have to stand up and sing along with us. He can remain seated or attend the venue after the ceremony. Maybe he should try being a correspondent in a conflict area and see if he doesn't attach himself at the hip of a Marine to ensure his survival, and maybe then he'll appreciate our military.

TERENCE @ 6/3/2016 9:17 AM

I willing to bet that Bryant has never taken an oath in his life for the general good and is just another self aggrandizing talking head who is trying to make a name for himself by adopting an idiotic position against people who have sworn their lives to protecting even those who don't deserve it. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves but if it will boost the ratings anything goes.

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