While the NFL protests have started to get weaker and weaker over the last few days, the New Orleans Saints got into a terrible situation where they received the boos from the fans and a strong reprimand from an honorable cop. Believe it or not, the reason was not because of protesting during the anthem, but doing it in an even more delicate moment.
It happened on Sunday, where the Saints actually stood for the playing of the national anthem but decided to take a knee during a moment of silence for local fallen officer Marcus McNeil, who recently lost his life and left a child without a father. Whatever the intent of the team, fans immediately reacted to this extreme display of disrespect to the memory of a brave cop and offered up boos from the crowd.
As reported by the Independent Journal Review (IJR), some police officers were not impressed by the kneeling. In fact, a tweet from the official Blue Lives Matter Twitter account read that if anyone in America thought that kneelers couldn’t get any more disrespectful, you were totally wrong.
Speaking to the IJR under the condition of anonymity, one brave cop issued the greatest response to the kneeling debacle. The officer expressed how upset he feels by the whole situation because he considers that no one has any clue what police officers go through until they wear the uniform, bleed on the badge, or hold the hand of a dying officer.
The cop also said that these NFL players try to say they took a knee to honor the officer but they are still kneeling for the flag, which is the greatest expression of disrespect. Furthermore, he went on to explain how wearing the badge, an often “thankless profession,” is nothing more than a “calling” that comes with everyday risks that outsiders are seemingly quick to forget.
He said that far from being a career choice, being a police officer is a calling where everyone whose involved always understands the risk. He explained that while he perfectly knows this is a thankless job and some people that he help don’t like him because of the uniform, he will always run to help them no matter what. The cop also said that he perfectly understands that his family is always worried for him.
Moreover, this brave officer said to the IJR that he’s very familiar with little pay, little sleep, and medical issues associated with stress. Also, he said he’s perfectly familiar with the feeling of a life slipping away while holding someone’s hand, and the unspeakable feeling of telling a mother that a child (no matter how old) has died. The cop also mentioned he has seen things that horror stories could never relay to any audience.
On another part of the interview with the IJR, the officer said that he has bled for the badge he wears, he has been hospitalized several times and even had rounds fly by his head far more times than he wishes. Far from doing this brave job with hare or ill intent in his heart, the officer told that he does this job in order to set an example for his children and the children that he meets every single day.
The cop said that while many people see them using their uniforms or tactical gear and think “what a stone cold person,” the truth is that these people will never know “how we hurt.” In addition, he said that they will never admit to being in tears because certain memory flashed back from the most horrific moment on the job.
He explained they will never speak of sleepless nights because the brain will not shut off, and told that they will never hint at thoughts of drug use, alcoholism or suicide to block the pain (both mental and physical.)
— New Orleans Advocate (@theadvocateno) October 13, 2017
In another part of the piece, the officer said that he have lost many brothers and sisters during his career due to his calling both on duty and due to suicide. This brave cop told that he will put on his uniform, his equipment, and his badge no matter how the day before went because that´s what every police officer does.
Finally, the cop closed the interview by saying that no matter where you are from or what your background is, when a police officer falls “we all mourn.”