Kneeling Isn’t Dead

Colts Dwayne Allen Receiving Flake for Being Ahead of Latest Trend

By Myles Mwamba

The Indianapolis Colts Tight End Dwayne Allen is a victim of the ongoing protest in the National Football League. Widely throughout the NFL players, and players worldwide, have taken sides with now starting San Francisco 49ers QB Collin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem. Kaepernick started earlier this season taking a knee during the national anthem before games to show his protest against police brutality. Media outlets everywhere have covered this move, whether agreeing or disagreeing with the stance. Now kneeling has Dwayne Allen under the national eye for doing the same.dwayneallen

Dwayne Allen took a knee at the end of the national anthem this weekend and now as been receiving harsh and hateful tweets from people all over. Allen opens up and says he can take criticism for his on the field play, but not this particular situation. To Allen’s defense he has been taking a knee for years and was doing his pregame ritual. Allen’s employer took to twitter to send out a tweet in his defense replaying the knee and then him pointing to the sky. He goes on to state that he loves America and that it had nothing to do with the protest. Allen also said he looks to continue to kneel regardless of what anyone thinks.

This incident shows the impact of social media has whether it is good or bad. The social media realm can be crazy if you have an unpopular opinion. Word spreads like wildfire on social media, and it can get to a point to where a person’s reputation is tarnished in seconds. Social media is also a place where a lot can be mixed up without the facts first.

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