The NFL’s petulant anti-American anthem protestors are driving fans away from the game.
These coddled millionaire athletes claim they’re victims of “systemic oppression.”
Meanwhile, this NHL star is showing NFL players you don’t have to protest during the anthem and disrespect the flag to make a difference.
P.K. Subban is a native of Toronto.
But while he’s a Canadian citizen and two year legal resident of the U.S., the Nashville Predators’ star defenseman reportedly said he’d “never kneel” during the anthem.
Instead, he’s decided to use sports to make a positive impact on his community.
In fact, while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, Subban pledged a $10 million donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, which was called “the largest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”
The Nashville Predators described the program:
During every Nashville Predators home game this season, Subban will host his new P.K.’s Blueline Buddies program, bringing together a member of the Metro Nashville Police Department and their guest with a mentor or representative from a local organization and an underprivileged youth.
Subban takes care of the game tickets, dinner and meets with the group prior to and after the game to lift their spirits and give them a few hours to forget about everything on the outside.
Now in his second NHL season as a resident of the United States, Subban sees the news. He knew he wanted to do something, anything to try and make a difference. And now he’s doing just that.
Subban, who says one of his best friends is a police officer, believes youth and law enforcement building a rapport with one another is vital, and that’s exactly what he’s aiming to accomplish with the program.
“Our law enforcement, these are people that leave their houses and may not come back home at the end of the night,” Subban said. “That’s the job that they have, so to make them feel good, and to also be able to help underprivileged youth that don’t get an opportunity like everyone else, that come from broken homes, it’s a win-win.”
Eventually, Subban hopes to get other players involved in similar initiatives, not just from the NHL, but the NFL, NBA and MLB as well. For him, this isn’t simply a chance for a photo-op. Rather the opportunity to have a conversation, to understand someone else’s viewpoints, to make a difference – that’s what matters.
“The concept is about building bridges in our community and not being divisive,” Subban said. “I think that’s the most important thing of all.”
Asked about his son’s new program, P.K.’s father, who immigrated to Canada from Jamaica said:
“I don’t always agree with [P.K.], but I agree with him here,” he says. “I want to leave politics out of sports. Yes, there are injustices… but I would rather choose another venue, or another way of protesting, but not on the basketball court, or on the ice, or on the soccer or football field. I don’t want to lose that opportunity for my timeout from life. And sports unite us, like no other thing can in society.”
That would be a good lesson for the NFL to take away from all this.
Sports and politics don’t mix.
If the NFL anthem kneelers want to really make a difference, it’s time to put up or shut up.
What do you think about P.K. Subban’s new program?
Do you think programs like this would be a better way for athletes to direct their energy rather than engaging in anti-American protests?
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