Props to Reed because the gallery was certainly pulling for Fowler and made their feelings known. My cousin was there yesterday and said the fans were pretty obnoxious towards Reed trying to get him to crumble so Rickie could catch him.
Reed stood up to the taunting and pressure well so he's proving to have a game that can back up what comes out of his mouth.
1-It is his right to freedom of speech/expression, like it or not!
Also he simply sat, and made no statement until he was asked later. Would you rather he stood on a soap box at mid field and ranted???
Usually when a athlete gets on the soap box people complain they should "stick to sports"
He specifically said "... his stand is not against men and women in the military fighting and losing their lives for Americans' rights and freedoms."
2-This has been covered, by how is exercising his 1st amendment right not supporting the "US of A"?
I did not realize that not standing for a song, or a indoctrinating pledge written by a socialist, we are against our country?
A song and a pledge are intangible symbols of the country. The flag while being tangible is still just a symbol. They are symbols of a country that has a constitution and a bill of rights, which allows for us to express ourselves even if in doing so means destroying the symbol itself.
I often wonder why people get so worked up about the desecration of a flag, yet there is no outrage when all other flag related apparel (shirts, hats, pants, bikinis, towels, souvenir flags) are thrown out and not discarded in a manner consistent with the flag code, but I digress!