[Jazz fans react to playoff game 1 kneeling during anthem](https://www.ksl.com/article/50001167/its-so-important-for-us-to-be-unified-utah-jazz-pelicans-kneel-during-national-anthem-before-nba-restart) - Comment section specifically. >Like anyone else, professional athletes should be free to speak their minds, run for office, or otherwise participate in the political process. They should also be free to remain silent, if they so choose. The celebrity status of a professional athlete gives them social capital in the form of access to and goodwill from the public. Speaking out is one way to spend that social capital. Some in the public will be inspired and encouraged, while others will withdraw their goodwill. If an athlete sees an injustice and speaks up, they know thats the calculus. Fans dont have to like what is said and they are welcome to withdraw their goodwill in response. They do not, however, have the right to demand that the athletes trade in their humanity and liberty for privilege of being entertainers. Thats not how it works.
I never expected a place like Utah would have bama levels of fuckery and stupidity.
These people literally believe black skin is a curse from god so I’m not surprised. The Mormon church is a racist organization.
Really? The Mormon church didnt even allow black people until 1978. There is a bad history with that cult and people of color and Utah has a huge Mormon population.
Mormons are a weird bunch. They tried so hard to convert me in college lol and Im brown. Like they would try to call me every weekend to come to their church and "see whats its about" but yet if I were to tell them about my religion they would passively i
CIA agents dont have the most progressive politics.
Reading through those comments feels gross. Funny - those of a culture based on proselytizing others find it annoying to see others expressing beliefs they dont have. Who would have thought? Those who are saying their work doesnt let them express their b
With all the people who have said they’re “done” with sports since Kaepernick started kneeling, it’s a wonder anyone at all is watching these games.
Im DONE! ...for a week... until the next time Im done.
Just so everyone knows, ksl is a cesspool. The mods delete comments that lean "liberal" and allow racist homophobic comments to stay up. Ksl comments are always super divisive and terrible, no matter the topic. These comment sections do not represent Utah
Additional context: KSL is literally owned by the broadcasting subsidiary of the LDS church. Hence the curated comments and the shitty userbase.
I agree with how Chuck put it. Its a great thing to show unity in the cause but dont vilify someone if they want to stand for the flag; it could mean something different for them - not that theyre against the cause. Be respectful to everyone.
The problem hasnt been vilifying people for standing though. Its been the opposite.
Yeah, its definitely wrong from either perspective so hopefully people take the time to understand from either side. I think awareness and education is the most important thing right now.
Yeah I thought it was really important he said that. I admired the unity the players association and nba as a whole showed last night. Wish our country could do the same.
Everyone has their own opinion and their right to protest how they want. Problem is for some reason kneeling during the anthem is the highest level of disrespect for some people while people walking with guns to protest covid restrictions is fine
lol americans are the only ones being sissy hypnod into praising their flag, patriotism is a tool used by the rich and powerful to control the poor and make them fight their wars for them
It’s interesting that speaker thinks athletes are partaking in the BLM movement because fans want them to do so. Smh, can’t stand these closet racists.
Top comment: "You can bring awareness to every point that they mention and still show proper respect to our country and the flag by standing at attention. This fan is done."
"Im sorry, I cant. Its just baseball for this fan from now on."
I wouldnt expect anything else
man am I glad this fanbase has 0 titles across all pro sports
Arent the Jazz their only Big-4 team? Am I forgetting something?
The point still stands though Zero titles across all major pro sports lol
Big 4, youre right, but theres also Real Salt Lake, who won a title in 2009. Many Utahns say this counts as a major sports championship.
shocked to learn today that some people believe stupid shit
I mean... its Utah.. so.. what kind of reaction did you expect lol Response to the downvotes: I just pray that we all get education, and be more aware of the situation rather than taking offen to the BLM movement that some do.. It doesnt place any race
Not all of us in Utah reflect those negative comments. Im white, lived in Utah the majority of my life and I support BLM. I am smart enough to realize how Utah is perceived but just like everywhere else there are people that dont fit the stereotype associ
totally true and im not over generalizing. the fact though is that there are a good portion of good people who have that mind set in Utah and all the red states (as im sure there are some in blue states as well). I just wish they wouldnt take BLM as a per
I gave you an upvote because you’re 100% right. This is the same reaction I expect from native born Texan whites. The difference with us and Utah is that we have a lot of diversity in our state
Not surprising. Putting it in college sports terms I have had only good interactions with Utes fans and not so much for BYU fans. Its no mystery where these attitudes are coming from.
Did you post this just to start an anti jazz fans circle jerk
I am a Jazz fan! Utah has a long way to go... the comments are an embarrassing display of some of the fan base.
Ez Karma at this point. It’s well earned hate don’t get me wrong because a lot of Jazz fans seem to be racist but this is for karma.
Cant help but read some of the comments from the article with an old tired voice in my head.