I have given my opinion on players kneeling during the National Anthem before, and quite honestly it gets me, and no one else, anywhere. Everyone has an opinion, and likely if you try to express yours, you are going to make someone else mad in the process.
That being said, I think the Broncos' Derek Wolfe summed up the situation perfectly. Not saying either side is wrong, but explaining how it can be disrespectful even though it is your right as an American...
“I stand because I respect the men who died in real battle so I have the freedom to battle on the field. Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand. But everyone these days likes to find a reason to protest and that’s their right. It’s America and you are free to speak your mind. I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives and it’s maybe the wrong platform. But like I said, to each their own. It’s AMERICA! The greatest country in the world and if you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, then why do you stay? A lot worse places in the world to call home. Proud to be an American."
I don't think it could be said any better. May I suggest that these guys who are all millionaires, including the bench-warmers, make a difference with their wallets?