The second element being missed is that the overblown demonstration on the part of a small percentage of the players makes no logical sense. The stated purpose is to protest alleged mistreatment of black men by local police. But there is no “United States” police force, so protesting during the anthem, which is inherently “national,” and has no connection at all to police work, seems extremely misplaced.

In contrast, when a few of the then St. Louis Rams came out in 2015 during introductions and paid homage to the now debunked “Hands up, Don’t shoot!” pose, I vehemently disagreed with the gesture, but at least there was some logic to it. This version has none.