According to one player you may as well just start referring to Major League Baseball as crackerball. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones voiced his dismay over the lack of national anthem protests in professional baseball. As the liberal media continues to promote anti-American sentiment and feed into racial hostility with daily fawning coverage of NFL benchwarmer Colin Kaepernick and his growing ranks of followers, the absence of bended knees and raised clenched fists on the diamond irks Jones greatly.
According to USA Today “Adam Jones on MLB’s lack of Kaepernick protest: ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport'”:
a time when even entire high school football teams and soccer players are waging silent protests by sitting or kneeling during the national anthem, there hasn’t been a single protest in baseball.
Perhaps someone is quietly sitting on the dugout bench, or even lingering in the clubhouse until the national anthem is over, but no one has publicly made their intentions known.
“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.
“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’
Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans on the opening-day rosters and disabled lists this season.
The USA Today’s demographics are deceptively skewed however in that they omit players of Hispanic heritage who comprise a good chunk of rosters. But being inclusive of other minorities would undermine the whole black victimhood meme.
The piece goes on to allow Jones to elaborate on his statement:
Look, I know a lot of people who don’t even know the words to the national anthem. You know how many times I see people stand up for the national anthem and not pay attention. They stand because they’re told to stand.
“That’s the problem. Just don’t do something because you’re told to do something. Do it because you understand the meaning behind it and the sacrifice behind it.’’
Whether you agree or disagree with Kaepernick’s method to draw attention to the inequalities in this country, Jones is dismayed how the public views Kaepernick compared to 49er teammates. Go ahead, check out the difference in coverage since Kapernick sat during the national anthem compared to his teammate, Bruce Miller. Miller was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault, elder abuse, threats and battery against 70-year-old man and his 29-year-old son. The 49ers later released him.
“Here’s my thing,’’ Jones says, “there’s somebody on the 49ers’ team that commits an act like that, accosts a 70-year-old man and his kid, and nobody’s talking about that. But they talk about Kaepernick doing something that he believes in, as his right as an American citizen. People need to talk more about that guy than Kaepernick.
“He’s not receiving the ridicule and public torture that Kaepernick is facing. Is Kaepernick hurting me? No. Is he hurting random people out there? No. I support his decision.
As he works his way through an $85 million contract Jones is hardly the ideal spokesman for black oppression by the racist American system.