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Bill O'Reilly: Stop National Anthem Protests (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said on Sept. 12 that protests by football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem should stop (video below).

The segment featured Jesse Watters, producer of "The O'Reilly Factor," at a New York Jets game on Sept. 11 asking people their opinions of the silent protest by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In the video, most the people whom Watters interviewed were white and thought Kaepernick was insulting the U.S. military and police, while a few black people supported the player's peaceful protest.

Watters asked one man why the 49ers had not done anything about Kaepernick, and the man said the team didn't want to get into "politically correct stuff." A second man blamed the NFL for "putting up with it."

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One woman said Kaepernick, who is black, "kind of had white privilege growing up," while other fans pointed to Kaepernick's large salary as a reason for him not to protest on behalf of others.

Watters didn't ask the football fans how they felt about the police shooting and killing a disproportionate number of black people, many unarmed, according to Crooks and Liars, which is the main part of Kaepernick's protest.

O'Reilly and Watters then discussed the interviews in the studio

"If I were the owner of the San Francisco 49ers though, I might say to him ... 'Listen, we're going to allow you to have your separate press conference, alright, on a Thursday,'" O'Reilly said. "But we don't want you to have any political displays once you're on the field."

Kaepernick has already held separate press conferences to discuss his protests.

Watters went on to say that Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones would never allow Kaepernick to protest. 

Under Jones' ownership, the Cowboys have not gone to the Super Bowl since 1996, the longest stretch in the team's history of no Super Bowls.

O'Reilly then alluded to high school players protesting the national anthem: "The kids are getting involved with this now so it’s gonna have to stop, I believe, and we’ll see."

In May, O'Reilly asserted on Fox News that the Black Lives Matter movement puts American lives in jeopardy because it causes police to be more passive, which results in more crime.

Sources: Fox News via YouTube, Crooks And LiarsFox News / Photo Credit: Fox News via YouTube

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