In most cases, kneeling is a sign of submission, humility, and reverence. Less common reasons are fatigue, crawling, and some others. When I see a sports person kneeling during the National Anthem all I can think is it is for one of the first three reasons. They are not fatigued or crawling. Could it be the case the people kneeling are so humbled by their freedom they can’t stand? No, but that is how we might want to start viewing it and even promoting it. If we keep pointing this out maybe, just maybe, we can change the narrative.
If we would have started out by ignoring what players were saying and pointing out how humbled they must be to live in America it could have nipped this in the bud.