Originally Posted by Showtime100
That's a good point and something to consider, but watch an NHL game where Americans account for roughly 25% of all players in the league. Canada accounts for about half, call it a little more than half, and the Europeans account for roughly 20% of the playing population. Not like I've looked for it, but I've never seen a story out of ther NHL saying Canadians (players themselves) or Europeans acting in any way disrespectful during the Anthem.
Dunno, maybe they were taught differently than Americans.
Not putting your hand over your heart isn't disrespectful, IMO. Shockey is just saying this to draw attention. If Texans players were talking or walking up and down the field during the anthem, then that would be disrespectful. But not putting your hand over your heart? That's ridiculous.
When the anthem plays, my hand isn't over my heart. I hold my arms down and clasped together. Is that a gesture that people would take offense to?
Just out of curiousity, I looked up Youtube videos of national anthems during football games.
This one's at a 49ers game. Players don't have their hands over their heart. Guess Shockey thinks they don't like America either.
Bears/Falcons game. Hard to tell if they're holding the flag or just behind the service members who are.
Dolphins/Giants game. Pretty sure this is when Shockey was still with NY. Not every player is holding their hand over their heart.
From a PANTHERS game. Not every Panther is holding their hand over their heart.