Gold Star parents of a fallen soldier said kneeling is a “slap in the face”, Lee responds saying that is “false.”
CNN held a town hall event Wednesday to talk about the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Film director Spike Lee was challenged by the Gold Star parents of a fallen soldier.
Lee appeared as one of the panelists, alongside Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former New York Jets player Michel Faulkner, and Former US Army Green Beret Nate Boyer.
The parents of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa told Lee how they attended a ceremony for Gold Star parents and then went home and saw NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, calling it a “slap in the face,” the Washington Free Beacon reports.
“How do you support these multi-millionaires on their knees, and don’t support what the fallen heroes died for?” Mr. Bonacasa asked.
Lee said that he was sorry for the Bonacasas’ loss, but said that their narrative was “false”, totally disregarding how they felt when they said it was a “slap in the face.”
“All these players have said, many many times, that they respect the armed forces,” Lee said. “They respect the flag. And they respect America. And this narrative that when they take a knee, it’s insulting your son who is no longer here, is not true. They’ve said that again, and again, and again.”
It does not matter how Lee feels – or the players – it matters how the American people and the fans feel – it matters how these Gold Star parents feel, and kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespecting the American flag!