One of the quieter demonstrations during the national anthem this year was carried out by Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks. His name was a surprise addition to the ranks of players who have demonstrated this season, in part because of the military tradition in his family and his own experiences in his youth.
However, Kendricks did choose to sit and, like the other players around the league who have sat or kneeled or otherwise demonstrated, he took a heavy dose of criticism for it. This week, Kendricks is trying to get people to think about the reasons he did so rather than focusing on the demonstration itself, and his words deserve to be heard.
So before anyone rushes to judgment on Kendricks’ actions, let’s make sure to take a listen to the reasons for them and the personal struggle that he went through in making the decision to carry them out.

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