There are few topics that draw as much passion as NFL players disrespecting the national anthem by kneeling, but a North Carolina family took things to the extreme when a man shot and wounded his son on Thanksgiving over the issue.
Jorge Luis Valencia-Lamadrid retrieved his shotgun after his two sons got into a big fight over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, eventually shooting one of his boys, CBS affiliate WNCN reported.
Esteban Marley Valencia, 21, reportedly had been drinking heavily throughout the day and physically confronted his older brother over the issue and the 51-year-old father, who could not keep them apart, returned with the weapon to stop the fight, according to CBS 17.
The confrontation moved outside and Valencia began throwing things.
According to Lamadrid, who was holding the shotgun, his son threw a water bottle at him and hit him in the face, causing him to squeeze the trigger.
His younger son was hit in the hand and leg — the injuries were non-life threatening.
The father was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in connection with the shooting.
The local team, the Carolina Panthers, signed Eric Reid, a teammate of former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, just last month — Kaepernick began the so-called anthem “protest.”
Reid, who routinely joined Kaepernick in taking a knee during the national anthem, had been out of the league for some time and resumed the protest immediately upon being signed by the Panthers.
And make no mistake, Reid is every bit as radical as his former teammate.
“I’ll put it this way: Next year will be 2019,” Reid said, when asked by the local paper about protesting. “It will mark 400 years since the first slaves touched the soil in this country. That’s 400 years of systemic oppression — that’s slavery, Jim Crow, new Jim Crow, mass incarceration, you name it.”
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