Colin Kaepernick goes to Buffalo for his first start of the season. While Kaepernick takes take a knee during the national anthem, about a dozen local cops will be standing tall, respecting the flag thanks to the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy. The Bills star running back, Shady, says he didn’t give tickets to local cops specifically to spite Kaepernick, but he was quick to bring up the fact that he was inviting law enforcement to the game when reporters mentioned Kaepernick. It’s pretty impressive that Shady has this kind of respect for law enforcement given that he was recently involved in a fight with an off duty cop.
Here’s why he is doing it, from CBS:
Just an appreciation type of thing,” McCoy said. “Cause they’re taking so much heat right now. There’s things that are happening that’s definitely wrong but I just feel like there’s bad people, there’s bad cops and there’s good cops.
McCoy revealed the invitation when asked about the attention surrounding Kaepernick and his protests.
“Nobody’s perfect and a lot of cops are getting a bad rap for something that bad cops are doing and they’re still good cops,” McCoy said.
McCoy’s gesture comes after he was involved in a fight with off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub in February. No charges were issued.
“You guys know about the cops, the situation I had,” McCoy said. “For me to say that, that’s genuine.”
Instead of bad mouthing all cops and disrespecting the flag, LeSean McCoy has the decency to argue that most cops are good people. The social pressure for some black athletes like LeSean “Shady” McCoy is to act like Kaepernick is some kind of hero. Instead, Lesean chooses to stand for the national anthem and he invited local law enforcement to stand with him. Shady doesn’t care what other people think, he knows he’s among the very best running backs in the league and doesn’t need to please anyone. The same can’t be said for Colin Kaepernick who is among the NFL’s worst quarterbacks.