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Fans attending a Major League Soccer game in Texas expressed their disapproval of teams who took a knee during the national anthem, angering one player who found their criticism “disgusting.”
As players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC expressed their social justice stand in Frisco on Wednesday, fans who have been allowed to attend the MLS games in person, booed. But one of the players was actually upset by the reaction and said he was “pissed off” by the booing fans.
— Angel Madison Franco (@angelmadison_) August 13, 2020
Players and officials knelt during the national anthem before the start of Wednesday’s game, the first time the Dallas and Nashville teams had played since March when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players on both teams had tested positive for the virus recently and had been unable to join Major League Soccer’s other teams when they played in Florida.
Fewer than 3,000 fans attended Wednesday’s game at Toyota Stadium, and they were required to sign a liability waiver in case they ended up contracting the coronavirus, the Guardian reported. A maximum of 5,000 could have attended in the venue which holds 20,500.
Dallas defender Reggie Cannon was apparently more than annoyed with the fans who chose to boo the kneeling team members at the outset of the game.
“I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting,” he told reporters.
“You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in. Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium,” Cannon added.
“How disgraceful is that? Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off,” he continued. “You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me.”
“As a team, we try to give the best possible product on that field and these last six months have been absolute hell for us,” Cannon whined, apparently unaware of the effects of the global pandemic on the rest of humanity, or the toll months of civil unrest has had on average Americans – including fans who just need the escape of a live sports game.
“And the opportunity presented itself to play tonight and unfortunately, we’re mad and upset not to get the win but I was pissed. Everyone around me was pissed,” Cannon said, adding that his teammate even told him he was “sorry” for the reaction.
“Ryan Hollingshead, the first thing he said to me after we got up from the knee he said ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m sorry for our fans because we had someone chanting ‘USA’ when they don’t understand what keeling means, they don’t understand why we’re kneeling,'” Cannon claimed, “they can’t see the reason, they just think we’re the ignorant ones and it’s incredibly frustrating.”
The U.S. national team member admitted he was anticipating “negative pushback” when Nashville and the league were told about kneeling even if the anthem was not played.
(Had to split because of twitter)
Part 2: pic.twitter.com/O4gc0ofsCH
— Angel Madison Franco (@angelmadison_) August 13, 2020
“And I’m sorry to have this tone but you have to call it for what it is. I even know when we decided to kneel I knew it was going to happen. That should tell you something, I knew we were going to have some negative pushback from having a unified response over what’s going on. That’s the problem, that’s a problem,” he said.
“It hurts me because I love our fans, I love this club, and I want to see the support that the league has given us, that everyone has given us, from our fans,” he added.
Cannon’s rant earned him plenty more “pushback” on social media where Twitter users roasted him for his arrogance and hypocrisy.
tone deaf is insulting your fans who PAY for tickets to be entertained not lectured to.
— Pierre Delecto’s twin brother (@pierredelecto91) August 13, 2020
Its kind of asinine for him to believe that only his protest is important and the reaction should have been silenced. Like, does that not fly in the face of protest in general?
— Sean from Austin TX (@ubbergoat) August 13, 2020
They are being paid to play, we go to watch sports to get away from the everyday world. If we wanted to see people kneel or protest we could go downtown or turn on the TV. Just do your job and be grateful you one.
— Joy S (@joysaxey) August 13, 2020
@ReggieCannon15 – WE are pissed that u r actually complaining about it! Want to play soccer? Then keep the damn politics out of it. Oh… and how dare u call people disgusting? Who the F do u think u are?
— GreekGal44 (@Greekgal44) August 13, 2020
@ReggieCannon15 Reggie Cannon wants the right to express himself and kneel. But doesn’t want others to have to the right to express their displeasure with the kneeling. @SenateDems find a job for this man he’s perfect for you. #Hypocrites
— chelseausa (@chelseausa2) August 13, 2020
Free speech. Live with it.
— Randy Ferguson (@FergusonRandy) August 13, 2020
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