Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe may have been good enough on the playing field to get enshrined in the Pro Football Field, but it is beginning to look like he is not well-suited for a job in the broadcast booth.
Sharpe, who is currently on FS1’s Undisputed, has taken the recent football player protests during the Nationa; Anthem as an opportunity to disparage all those who value the American flag, calling it merely a “piece of cloth” that he alleges “nobody fights for.”
Said Shannon to broadcast partner Skip Bayless, “The flag, you see, to a lot of people, symbols, patriotism but what does that symbol actually mean? What does — what does – okay — you keep telling me that the flag means so much and it’s opportunity and freedom and liberty. Okay. Can you honestly say that everybody in America has freedom and liberties and opportunity.”
He then unwisely continued, saying, “And stop trying to sweep it under the rug. But, see, as long as you paint that narrative, oh, it’s the Anthem, I can’t — no — anybody that does something to the Anthem — well, we know what the anthem was originally written for and who it was written by, okay?”
He began throwing an all-out tantrum, exclaiming, “The flag, okay? We understand what the flag? What does it represent? When did this narrative come to be that the military and the police own the flag and only them? I can go buy a flag and I can hang it up in my backyard. We need to stop this, Skip. We need to — the flag is a piece of cloth and nobody fights for a piece of cloth.” Do you think FS1 needs to fire Sharpe for this?