On Monday, Fox News contributor and retired Marine Lt. Col. Bill Cowan told Breitbart News that ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone’s comments on the national anthem are “outrageously disrespectful.” Blackistone said on last Wednesday’s Around the Horn on ESPN that the national anthem was a “war anthem” and should not be played before sporting events. “When you have military flyovers and the military symbolism that goes on in sports, I think you’ve got a problem.,” Blackistone said.
Cowan stated, “His comments are outrageously disrespectful to the millions of men and women who throughout our history have served this great nation in one capacity or another, and to those brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we all enjoy today. Blackistone is a beneficiary of those freedoms, but it’s apparent he has no clue from whence they came.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.