For the last month and a half, Major League Soccer teams have been in full unison of issues that are facing our world. Before games at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando, teams and players would kneel. The officials would kneel. It became part of the tournament.
That is, until Wednesday night when both teams kneeled during the national anthem at Toyota Stadium.
The major difference between Frisco and Orlando, fans were in attendance and you could hear a smattering of boos from the crowd as players kneeled. And sadly, one person opted to throw a bottle at the players.
For someone like Reggie Cannon, this reaction, was simply baffling.
“I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said. “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. How disgraceful is that? Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off. You can’t even have support form your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me.”
Certainly shameful, disgraceful, and uncalled for it what comes to my mind.
“We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means,” Cannon added. “They don’t understand why we’re kneeling. They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones. It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is.”
Cannon said he expected to have some negative pushback over the unified response.
“I love the people that came out tonight but as soon as I heard that boo I tried to play on and I knew what to expect,” said Cannon. “We’ll take it one day at a time and again we’re unified in this response and everyone stands together, black, white, freaking orange, everyone stands together in this.”