He’s best known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy, but actor Jesse Williams is now getting the limelight for his position on the national anthem. Williams believes that the NFL’s pregame national anthem ceremony is a government “scam” designed to convince “boys and girls to fly overseas and kill people.”
The actor made these comments while being interviewed by MSNBC about the current controversy over football players taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner. They are protesting racial inequality, but many, including the president, believe they are dishonoring the American flag.
Williams said that NFL players only started participating in the pregame national anthem in 2009 as a Defense Department military recruitment strategy.
“[Saying] we need to stand and pledge for the allegiance, and this anthem thing is a scam,” Williams told host Thomas Roberts. “This is not a part of football. [The pregame national anthem] was invented in 2009 from the government [by] paying the NFL to market military recruitment – to get more people to fight wars to die. This is not – nothing to do with the NFL or the American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people…”
Williams continued, “They’re marketing and pumping millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.”
The actor was making reference to what some have called “paid patriotism,” which is when the National Guard and Defense Department spend taxpayer money on NFL promotions.
The only thing I’m going to give this guy is that the ‘paid patriotism’ is absolutely ridiculous and the Pentagon should not be paying sports franchises. If you want to support the country do it out of duty. However, sir, the National Anthem is not a scam and honoring American is not a scam either.
You can watch a portion of his interview below.
Credit: Daily Mail UK