Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) picked a decent week to ditch out on America and head over to Japan, where everyone may be terrified of North Korea dropping a nuke on them but at least they're unified over the subject. Meanwhile in the USA, everyone got just a little more crazy after President Donald Trump inserted himself into the controversial subject of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Some consider it a protest against the nation's police forces and their habit of disproportionately murdering black citizens (and not being punished for it). Others feel it's disrespecting the flag and the military and freedom. It all made Sunday yet another day in the United States where everyone is feeling quite divided. Can’t we go back to hating each other over fun things like whose team sucks worse?
As you'd expect, MMA fighters had some opinions on the subject as well, which they shared over social media. Here's some of them:
Rights are like muscles, if they don't get used they go away. I support everyone who decided to #TakeAKnee— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) September 25, 2017
@AngieOverkill Have you thought about taking a knee before the Ansaroff fight?— MixdMartialignorance (@MM_Ignorance) September 24, 2017
Clearly you can’t because no one has disrespected a flag, except the people fake outraged about disrspxring a flag. Try again. https://t.co/M3ynAKrVvK— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) September 25, 2017
#dontdisrespectmyflag Repost @ronintactics There are a lot of people that place too much attention to athletes or actors thinking that they should be role models. In my eyes they are just another American that wouldn't have their freedoms if it wasn't for the ones that will stand and protect their way of life. I feel if they are going to be in the sports or entertainment world then maybe they should respect the freedom that is offered to them by the selfless sacrifices that was made by our true American heroes and role models. Maybe it's time the world relooks who they feel should be our role models and celebrities to our American people. #dontdisrespectmyflag
We're nearly in a nuclear with North Korea, Puerto Rico is in an apocalyptic state from two hurricanes and we are arguing about NBA players.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 23, 2017