Faith Reinhart, the Minnesota Wild star who will become the first active player to kneel during the national anthem, has been a vocal supporter of kneeling during the playing of the national anthems.
But he has also expressed his own personal view on the matter, which has come under fire.
During the team’s annual player development camp at MTS Centre on Tuesday, Reinhart stood on the bench with his teammates when the anthem was played by the United States Army band.
“When you hear the anthem, it’s like, ‘What the hell are you doing?'”
Reinhart told reporters.
“I think that’s the best thing to do.”
He also noted that, while he respects the right of Americans to protest, he thinks the anthem should be played by people of colour, who, he believes, are more likely to have a negative effect on the team and society.
“The majority of black people are not in the military.
That doesn’t mean they’re not active-duty, but they’re still not active.
Black people are in the US military because they’re trying to defend the country and the country is not great for them,” Reinhart said.
He also spoke about his experiences with the National Football League and how he believes the league has become a “culture of disrespect and negativity.”
“I think it’s a problem in our society,” Reinhardt said.
“We need to start listening to what’s going on in the NFL.
I think there’s so much hatred and negativity and we need to understand that.”
I’m here today because I want to do the right thing for this country.
That’s all that matters to me.
And we’re here today to make the country a better place.
“For the most part, Reinhardt’s comments have been shared with media outlets on social media, with many pointing out the similarities between Reinhart’s sentiments and those of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
While Reinhart has received criticism for his remarks during the National Anthem, he has been one of the league’s most vocal players during the protests against police brutality and racial injustice in the United Kingdom.”
To me, kneeling is about supporting the flag and supporting the anthem.
It’s not the right or wrong thing to say, but I do feel like that is what we’re doing. “
It’s not about me or my teammates, but the country that we live in and the world that we’re trying so hard to create.
It’s not the right or wrong thing to say, but I do feel like that is what we’re doing.
Reinhart was also one of several players who stood with Kaepernick during the NFL Players’ Anthem last year in protest of police brutality against African Americans and the treatment of the Black community.
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