Kate Upton is clearly proud to be an American and doesn’t care who she offends. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl took to both Twitter and Instagram today to call out some of the Miami Dolphins players who kneeled while the national anthem was playing.
Several NFL players followed Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand on Sunday’s game during the national anthem. Kate Upton took to social media weighed in on the matter on social media and called the players “a disgrace” to the country. Upton posted a photo of a series of Miami Dolphins players kneeling on Sunday, September 11 while their fellow teammates stood with their hands over their hearts, reports the Washington Post.
“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,” Upton wrote in the lengthy caption.
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.
Earlier on that day, Upton posted an Instagram photo originally shared by her boyfriend, MLB star Justin Verlander, reports Twitchy.com. In the caption, Upton revealed that she chooses to stand during the national anthem no matter what.
Then, Upton defended her Instagram post in a series of tweets.
“This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other [SIC],” Upton wrote. “Protest&speak ur mind whenever u want but during the 120secs you should support the people who protect our freedom.”
She later backpedaled on her comments and said that no one should protest on 9/11. However, Upton’s comment is still similar to her previous statements.
“Have every right to protest&should stand up for beliefs. Justice system IS corrupt. Not the time during an anthem on 9/11 [SIC],” she responded to a fan.
Of course, Upton’s controversial comments didn’t go unnoticed on Instagram and Twitter, reports CBS Sports. Some argued with Upton’s comments, saying that people should feel free to choose to sit or stand during the national anthem. Meanwhile, other supported Upton’s statements and said that she should state what’s on her mind.
@KateUpton In other words they should have freedom of speech except when it’s inconvenient? Doesn’t work that way.
— Tom Moran (@Piscesboy69) September 11, 2016
@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
— (((Port Dauphin))) (@portdauphin) September 11, 2016
Kate Upton is the GOAT. Merica. pic.twitter.com/G0DRBdQ9SZ
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) September 12, 2016
Kate Upton was silent when NFL players horrifically abused women, but heaven forbid they kneel down. pic.twitter.com/nmQzXNx1m0
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 12, 2016
This is how Kate Upton’s uncle showed his love for those who risked their lives
Have a stadium full of seats, Kate. pic.twitter.com/ZlBoIgydBH
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 12, 2016
Earlier on in the day, Miami Dolphins organization released a statement explaining that they support those who chose not to stand during the national anthem.
“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity inclusiveness and togetherness.”
The Miami Dolphins aren’t the only team who has decided to protest during the national anthem. The Chiefs’ players decided to stand with interlocked arms instead of kneeling. As for Kaepernick, he said that he will continue to kneel during the national anthem to protest Black Lives Matter and the oppression of the black community in the United States.
What are your thoughts on Kate Upton’s social media comments? Do you believe athletes should feel free to choose to sit or stand during the national anthem? Or, do you agree with Upton? Sound off below in the comments section.
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