Triple H was recently asked about the #TakeAKnee national anthem protests, prompting him to toe the corporate line with his answer. It's been a major topic of discussion in the sporting world. The protest started by one man (former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick) over what he deemed to be social and racial injustice became the echoed protest of many when U.S. President Donald Trump used his very loud platform to condemn Kaepernick and any man who would act in a similar fashion for their actions. Of course, in doing so, Trump contradicted the first amendment rights of these athletes to peacefully protest and his words resulted in hundreds of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem.
As athletes from around the world started to stand beside Kaepernick, while fans who believed these athletes were disrespecting America began to boycott sports, it was only a matter of time before a sports-entertainment product like WWE was connected—voluntarily or not—to the hot-button topic.
While the WWE is not a sport, its performers are athletes. And while each event does include a singing or recording of the national anthem, the performers are not on stage or in front of an audience when the anthem is performed or broadcast. The ability to visually see any WWE Superstar protest in a similar fashion to many of these athletes is slim to none. Still, people want to know where some of these WWE Superstars stand on the subject.
He said, “I speak for myself, personally only, and if it was me I would stand for my national anthem. For my country, I would stand. But I and WWE certainly respect the rights of everybody’s first amendment right of freedom of speech, their right to peacefully protest and do what is meaningful to them. Certainly, we support that."
While The Game is welcome to feel however he likes about standing or kneeling during the anthem, the WWE must take the stand that they support the rights of the citizens of the U.S. to choose. While Triple H wonders if there isn't a better way to protest the cause and one that wouldn't offend others, he was wise enough to ensure people knew, WWE understands it is not their place to tell fans how to protest.
Will the WWE ever really likely be dragged into this debate? Probably not. But, you can expect if the topic is discussed as the days and weeks roll by, more WWE Superstars will be asked. They'd be wise to take Triple H's lead on how to answer.