Supermodel Kate Upton decided to express her anger with four Miami Dolphins players that elected to take a knee during the national anthem on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by writing on Instagram that what they did was a “disgrace.”
On Sunday, running back Arian Foster, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, free safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills elected to take a knee during the national anthem before the start of their game against the Seattle Seahawks.
She said that their decision to not stand during the national anthem was a “disgrace” and what made it even worse was that they did it on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. She called this act “horrific.”
“I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the Sept. 11th anniversary,” Upton wrote on her Instagram post. “The lessons of 9/11 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place.”
Here is what she wrote on Instagram:
In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget