It’s Possible to Think the Protests Against Police Abuses Are Right and Colin Kapernick’s Kneeling Was Wrong

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Oct. 23, 2016. Loren Elliott / REUTERS

MINOT, N.D. — Let me begin by saying that our society cares a bit too much about what men who play with balls for a living think about policy and politics.

Drew Brees can do amazing things with a football.

LeBron James can dazzle with a basketball in his hands.

I’m not sure why that means we must litter our headlines with their hot takes about the issues of the day. Or any other celebrity, for that matter.

I am weary of stories about so-and-so quarterback, or such-and-such actress, posting some jeremiad about an in-the-news topic on Instagram.

This isn’t news.

Please, can we stop pretending like it is?

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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