BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said in a Facebook post Sunday that he will get his Baltimore Ravens merchandise “ready for the burn” after several players took a knee during the national anthem during the team’s match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

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Sheriff Gahler went on to call the NFL an “embarrassment and said “people wonder why I am on strike.”

Many of the Ravens players as well as players on the Jaguars kneeled during the United States anthem, but stood for “God Save The Queen,” the British national anthem. Most of those who didn’t kneel locked arms in solidarity, following comments by President Donald Trump urging fans to walk out of games if they saw players kneel during the anthem.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

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Gahler, who’s a Republican, has been Harford County’s sheriff since 2014.

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Comments (8)
  1. Eric Daxon says:

    I will bring the lighter fluid.

    THE NFL disrespecting our Nation is nothing more than misplaced anger and incredibly offensive to everyone.

    What are you going to do about the real reason blacks don’t enjoy the peace and the American dream.

    The liberal The Brookings Institution claims these are the 3 biggest factors to escape poverty. A family, high school diploma and a job are their keys to getting out of poverty.

    Those statistics for the black community are horrific. They are the worst ever recorded statistics in the history of America. They are as follows….
    1. 70% out of wedlock birth. 7 in 10 black kids are raised by a single parent.
    2. Blacks drop out rate from school is twice that of whites.
    3. Black unemployment is the highest among any race.

    NFL players should be taking a knee before the national anthem to pray to bring back the nearly extinct black family and work ethic. In fact all of us should be on our knees praying.

    #MAGA #donaldtrump Donald J. Trump

  2. Sharpe Ken says:

    Know if this Sheriff was just as adamant of getting rid of the bad apples in law enforcement as his so call misplace anger on the actions of NFL players exercising their 1st Amendment rights, it may curtail some of the protest. Dang! I forgot first amendment rights only applies to people who look like us and in the mean time he should do a little research on the National Anthem, it may shock him but then again, racist are never shock by facts. Go figure.

  3. He has the right to burn his little jersey…. It is called Freedom but he only care about the freedom of people who looks like him! He should leave the Sheriff department as well because he clearly do not represent all citizens of the USA.

  4. Just like White Americans want Blacks and Minority to stop talking about Police unjust Killing, Brutalizing and Imprisoning Minorities in large numbers compared to their white civilian counterparts. We are tired of the old false line that taking a Knee is disrespecting the flag that so many died for. What about the Black Veterans that died in every war only to come back home to be lynched and killed by white supremacist or not being hired for a decent job because of their skintone! Yes it is Two America’s and this Sheriff deputy represent the a small fraction of badge wearing blue’s that feel they have the right to treat anyone especially Minorities like Shyte.

  5. Peter Bradin says:

    Protesting is part of who America is. These players are not protesting to show their dislike of the American Flag. They are protesting the governmental policies of the United States. I remember when people flew the flag upside down to show that America was off course. There was a similar reaction then, saying that people were disrespecting the flag. We got through that time and we will get through this time, but in order to get through this, we have to start listening to each other. We have to understand why people are kneeling during the national anthem. If nobody listens to the other side, then this will get worse and we will be back to the devastating riots of the 1960’s. Unfortunately, we have a president who does not promote listening and who does not fully understand the principles on which this nation was founded, so it is up to us mere mortals, us regular citizens to show that we care enough about our country to start a dialogue with each other and quit branding any person who has a different opinion than ours as “evil” or “stupid”. That will not get us anywhere. It is time for each of us to shut up and start listening to those who disagree with us and find some small common ground as a starting point. That is what America has always done, and it is what we must do now.

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