This pro athlete just taught NFL anthem protesters an important lesson

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.
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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.”
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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.
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“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?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. AND GUESS WHAT EVEN WITH ALL THE GOOD HE’S DONE AND IS DOING SOME AND A LOT STILL DON’T THINK HE SHOULD BE PLAYING HOCKEY!!! NOW CAN YOU GUESS WHY, TAKE ONE GUESS PEOPLE!!! READ A GOOD INTERVIEW WITH HIM AND GUESS WHAT HE’S STILL CALLED IN MANY ARENAS, TAKE ONE GUESS HOW HE’S STILL TREATED WHEN HE GOES IN STORES?!?! Y’ALL WE HAVE REAK PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO THE COLOR OF SOME OF OUR SKIN AND IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED NOT MINIMISED!!

    • I agree completely. I have said it all along. The people who think they are better just because of their skin color or their religion is really why this country has such a long way to go to be great. Those who want to make it great AGAIN just want to bring it back to a time when they had more control over the “others” than they do now. It’s really a sad statement on their upbringing.

  2. PK Subban has the right idea. Protesters need to take notes from this man. Man up or shut up, these athletes need to donate large amounts of their money upgrading the school system in the inner city and ghetto schools and hire teachers who will teach the truth about history along with proper English. Many of these players can’t even speak proper legible English, Duh, is not acceptable.

  3. Subban is a real hero that our children should emulate. This is the kind of player that we have forgot about, instead of all of black player are felons and have records. They have dirtied the game.

  4. well good for this man , he is doing it the right way ! will anyone from the N> F> L> players donate money like this ? doubt it ! they are greedy and selfish people that only care about themselves !!!!!

    • Kotoc, your reply to Bernadine Lampkins is spot on! What a sick piece of crap she is and more than likely will end up in hell.

  5. This story should be sent to every disgusting and disrespecting NFL player who kneels during the national anthem. They’re a disgrace and embarrassment to the country. Subban is an example of how to express yourself without making a mockery of the flag, country and the military personnel who have served and died for our country.

  6. THANK GOD FOR THE 2 CRY BABY ITS SO HARD TO BE BLACK LIBERALS THAT ARE POSTING..WE OPPRESS BLACK MEN SO MUCH THAT OVER 75 PERCENT OF THEM HAVE KIDS AND LEAVE..WE MAKE THEM FILL OUR PRISONS..WE MAKE THEM BEAT THEIR WIVES AND DOGS..ALL THE WHITE GUYS FAULT..

  7. I’m sick and tired of taking the time to type a comment, and then it just disappears, and then you tell me to make comment, so fairwell, I won’t be wasting anymore of my time, because this not the first time this has happened to me.

  8. To bad we don’t have more like him in the US. That’s something, having a non-citizen take a stand for our National Anthem and Flag. Maybe if the NFL would move to Canada and try kneeling, maybe they would know what being patrotic means. They just might flogg him to pieces!!!

  9. PK is not only a Smart Hockey play he is a Smart Man. His concept of helping people and keeping politics out of spots is very intelligent. The NFL should have had a level headed man like PK in their league to set them straight. Well th Ryan didn’t and it’s too late now. The NFL is TOAST!

  10. What he’s doing is amazing! But, the NFL players taking a knee is also amazing. It started a dialogue that we as Americans have shoved under the rug for far too long. Have any of you uninformed idiots actually sat down & discussed with an African American about why we feel systematically oppressed? Dialogue is the solution to this countries issues, not judgment. Just because we’re “free” doesn’t mean we don’t face racist micro-aggressions & stereotypes every day. Being black in America isn’t easy by a long shot & until we as a country have an open & honest discussion about our shortcomings we will continue in this same cycle of racial ignorance forever.

    • KUDOS. You are right on with your assessment. What I wanted to know from some of the guys when the anthem is played, do you get off the couch? If you are at the game do you run to your seat to stand for the anthem or do you stay in line for your hot dog and beer, or do you leave the urinal in midstream. (sarcasm)

      • I don’t, but if it’s some pop star singing it in every which way EXCEPT how it’s supposed to be sung, forget it. I hate hearing how they make it a showy appearance as if it’s all about ‘them’ instead of honoring our country with a song of reverence and loyalty. Adding your own personal “flair” is pure EGO.

    • You still don’t get it, do you? That’s because you’re STUPID!! It’s not about oppression when the disrespect is to the entire country! It’s about being un-American. If you have a problem, take it to those responsible… NOT innocent people wanting to enjoy a football game, who still love their country. You are so f-ing clueless, like those kneeling morons who have a chip on their shoulder. I’m so sick of stupid people thinking it’s about freedom of speech… we all agree you have the right to freedom of speech, but TAKE IT WHERE IT BELONGS, STUPID!! A courthouse or police station, etc.

  11. teach your blacks to stop acting like criminals, and act like normal people , your rap crap doesn’t cut it , in just about all these cases , the actions of the blacks is what lead to their deaths, running from cops , resisting arrest , shady movements and big mouths , so who’s fault is it really, even a white guy who does these things is likely to get shot

  12. Well you have one person in another sport giving his first amendment right with his opinion. That’s just what the others are doing. And just because the NFL players kneel doesn’t mean that they also don’t do philanthropic things with their communities because a good many of then do.

    If the president would stop tweeting about this, the whole thing would probably go away. The first real big protest was giving the president the finger for the SOB comment. Now the NFL said that the players SHOULD stand. But they don’t have to. They are not violating their contract. And I know a number of veterans who will tell you that they went and fought for this country just so these players can kneel during the anthem.

    If you want to see disrespect for the anthem, go to an NHL game and listen to how the crowd is rowdy when the anthem is played. And they aren’t protesting anything.

      • Very Trumpian of you. Can’t think of anything intelligent to say so just swear and call names. In the words of your fearless leader – – SAD

        • He just called it as he saw it, Howard. When you are an asshole, you will likely be called one. I don’t think he wants to be polite to you, and neither do I.

          • You both fit in very nicely with the Trump culture. Still haven’t heard anything of substance from any of you. Don’t expect to either. Can’t stand a diverse opinion. SAD

  13. These pro football crybabies deserve one thing and only that one thing, a swift boot in the tail, possibly followed by their being fired.

  14. BEING A LIFE LONG BRUINS FAN I LOVED TO HATE PK…BUT NOW AFTER READING OF HIS EFFORTS AND GENEROSITY I SEE HIM IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT..WAY TO GO PK NOW GO TO THE NFL AND TEACH THESE CLUELESS BOZOS SOME MANNERS

  15. A real professional who wants to make a difference not just a problem. I’m a season ticket holder to the Eagles and this kneeling at the anthem takes all the fun out of going to the game & is so disrespectful to me as a American. Hopefully the nfl players can learn something from this man.

  16. I think what he is doing is great but I don’t think the NFL will stop what they are doing I think they have carried this way to far it is not watched on my tv until they stop showing disrespect for our flag .

  17. Sabban has always had class. He is not one to whine; instead, he contributes on the ice and in the community. A consummate sportsman and more importantly, human being. The self-indulged, sanctimonious, egocentric cry-babies of the NFL should take note of Sabban’s positive disposition. Nope, they will continue to disrespect the nation and fans that gave them the opportunity, the freedom to become multi-millionaires.
    Goodell has bared his true self along with the league that they, like the players, are two-faced, and unpatriotic.

  18. Sounds like this athete has his head on the right way and it is working. This colored football players who are trying to make a name for themselves are going about it the wrong way
    Baldwin and Bennett from the Seahawks should be run out of the league just like kaperdick.

  19. The NFL cry babies’ brains have been scrambled. They don’t have the foggiest idea of what oppression even is. It’s time for them to grow and stop this temper tantrum.

  20. I’ve been saying this ever since they started all this anti-American crap… if they have a grievance with the police, do their protest in front of the police station. If it’s the judge, on some ruling, take it up in front of the courthouse. DO NOT disrespect the country you live in!! Many, many people have fought and died for your freedoms, and you should never take that for granted! Stand up! Be proud to be an American, or go somewhere you CAN be proud of your country. May I suggest Kenya? I’ll bet Obama would put in a good word for ya!

  21. Now this is a wonderful athlete that you can get behind and support and he isn’t even a born American. Our athletes should be ashamed for being so disrespectful and for shinning when they could actually be making a difference. If they truly wanted to do something they have the millions to do it. They’re just a bunch of hypocrites.

    • We are really all foreigners to this country and that tells me we all can make a difference ? Kudos PK ! How can I get involved in your program ? I agree with your motivation and energy to do something special . I would love to partner up with a pro athlete that would show the same caring you do.

  22. Finally, a real effort to change society rather than just whine about it. I also agree with P.K.’s father. Nelson Mandela used rugby to help unite South Africa.

    • Mandela “united” South Africa, now it is being torn apart by, at the will of the government, white farmers are being killed, and their farms stolen from them. I doubt that Mandela deserves the high praises he has been getting. If America had minded it’s own business on the issues of South Africa, and stayed out of the issues there. It was none of our business. Look at what has become of South Africa. Those blacks do not understand the concept of living in peace, and living under the rule of law. South Africa has more disharmony than it ever knew, when blacks took over the rule of the country. Look at the history of all of Africa. No representative governments, anywhere. Their ruler-ship has always been by force. Who has the bigger stick rules. If “you” have something “I” want, “I” will take it by force. That describes many black people to the proverbial T. This is being proven out now, by the nfl whiners.

      • Gangs and inner city violence are just the same. Not just blacks, but the concept is the same… take what you can by force if necessary and damned be those who get in your way. Pure lawless behavior with no sense of society.

  23. Sabban is absolutely correct and we should ALL support him and his efforts….. I’ve said all along that these players who kneel, sit or otherwise are not just being Disrespectfull, but that they are involving Polotics into the Sports Games….. Goodell should have seen this right from the beginning….
    If these players involved themselves into their communities such as what Sabban is doing, we wouldn’t have the problems that of what they supposedly are protesting about….. STOP with the Disrespect and Poloitical Foolishness and do something with your communities such as what Sabban is doing…..show an example and then things will make a difference…..
    The example you show now kneeling, sitting, etc….. is the WRONG example to be displaying….. Leave the Polotics at Home where it belongs….
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !

      • Well this young man is a tribute to his Country and all connected with him.
        The “Others” I believe are PAID DISRUPTORS” and as such must continue until ordered by their puppet master to stop. It is anybodys’ guess who is paying them off and controlling them….but any of us could probably make an educated guess.
        In the meantime, the divisiveness goes on and on and on…..But now there is a very visible alternative in Sabban….the comparison is rather startling, huh?

        • Gene, this young man is grateful for what he has. he is setting the example all these athletes should be setting. The weak minded followers who are being influenced by the ingrate who started all this are repulsive. They are lead by a mentally disturbed moron who was influenced by his idol Odumbo that convinced him to become a Muslim. It was a slap in the face to the white family who adopted and raised him giving him the chance to make something of himself. He is a scumbag!!

          • These athletes do give back to their communities; but whether they do or not it’s being conjured up and used as a distraction. You crackers have a lot of damn nerve trying to dictate where, when and how someone exercises their constitutional rights. Get s real life, get some hometraining or is it that your parents have failed at raising you to be a good citizen living in a civilized world! You’re only the boss of yourself! I guess the truth is still difficult for you to handle! The world is evolving and you guys have to realize that minorities are not at the beck and call of crackers! Dixie is dead and you will be soon! The only ray to get rid of pests and rodents like you is just exterminate and wait for you to die off! Screw you, and your flag and anthem! Stop speaking with a forked tongue!

          • Hey Bernadine!
            There you go playing the race card! Because people don’t want to hear about it while watching football – there are other avenues! Try doing something like this at your work place and see how long you last. There is enough turmoil in our world to having to deal with it in our pastime like football. That is why the league will continue to be hurt and the guys that make those large salaries! They made their point – now is a time for discussions on how to change things!

      • PK is dead on accurate. If there is a hero anywhere, there he is. As far as the whiners go, I think they need to go back to Africa to see just what they missed from not having the opportunity to have been born and raised in Africa. Just think of all the misery, sickness, death, almost no pay at all that they have missed all these years of living in America. They need to go back and see what they have missed out on because their ancestors were sold into slavery, by other black people. If they need to really see injustice in action, to Africa they need to go.

        • I agree. He is helping real life heroes be a hero and giving everyone an opportunity to see things differently.
          Imagine, if all those spoiled lacey pantied brats who call themselves athletes and sports players, invested as this Canadian brother of ours has, what a difference could be made. It would be life changing and game changing for many.
          I made a decision by working with veterans, active duty, and such service members, and first responders who have TBI and PTSD, that I can make a difference in northeast Ohio and nationwide, giving those in need a different direction to travel and become better individuals through Project HERO. I’m military and I get it. I’m a Community Hub Director and Representative. I’m listed in Project HERO’s directory. Nationally, we can all make a difference. We do our best to prevent suicides among this group and make a valid impact, just like this great hockey player.

    • P.K. Subban is so Right On with his attitude and actions; When this NFL garbage started I thought these guys are just spoiled, rich left-wing crybabies that will hurt know body but themselves but what I see know is they are hurting sooo many more; ALL the young and underprivileged athletes that have such a great opportunity to be a Professional athletes and Great Role Models for the youth after them. The NFL will think twice about hiring or paying those ridiculous salaries to someone that is going to hurt their business & cry and whine at every turn. Bring in the rookies right Now and let’s see if they raise their fist in defiance of Our Flag and what it Stands For? Let The so called Pros tell the underprivileged Kids what they are doing and it could cost them (The Kids)any chance of having the life they have as a Pro Ball player.

    • I applaud what he is doing. He is putting his money where it will help the under privledge. To bad the cry babies in the NFL aren’t as smart as the hockey player. For the NFL YOU JUST CAN’T FIX STUPID.

  24. I think it is great! There is a lot of good Black athletes that do things and are roll models for our young, there are also too many Black athletes that think they are self serving and that is where the problem is. What really bothers me is the defiance, fist raising, and lack of patriotism. This is an attack on the moral fiber of this because putting self interests above patriotism is disaster’s. Patriotism is “love of God, Family, and Country,” who in their right mind can deny this?

    • KO-PECKER-NICK AND HIS FOLLOWERS THAT HAVE HURT AMERICA NUMBER ONE SPORT NEXT TO BASEBALL>> THEY WITH TIER MILLIONS THINK THEY ARE ENTITLED TO SPECIAL TREARMENT DUE TO THE COLOR OF THIER SKIN >>YOU ARE NOTHING BUT AN EMPOLYEE AND CAN BE FIRED OR LET GO AS THEY HIRED YOU AND PAY YOU MILLIONS SO GET OFF THE KNEE OR TAKE IT TO ARLINGTON AS THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL RACES DIED SO YOU CAN DISHONOR THEM WHILE MAKING MILLIONS TAKE YOUR RIGHT TO WORK AND PUT IT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE >> HONER YOUR RACE AND THOSE LIEING IN ARLINGTON THAT DIED FOR YOURS AND ALL RACES FREEDOM

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