by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 13, 2016) — The Facebook page of a local Fox affiliate, Channel 5 in New York, has posted a home-video of a nine-year-old boy with a brain injury attempting, and succeeding briefly, to stand up when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played in his living room.

The young boys attempts to stand and remain standing are in sharp contrast to the kneeling of highly-compensated NFL players who in recent days have chosen to kneel down when the national anthem is sung at pre-game or actual game time.

The child’s physical disability is said to be “cerebral palsy,” which one school of thought considers to be an injury to the midbrain, the portion of the brain which controls gross motor function.

A caption appearing above the homemade video quotes the boy’s mother as having commented of her son’s effort, “He always takes off his hat, but until yesterday I never really saw him try to stand.”

Football players Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Jeremy Lane have knelt during the playing of the anthem to protest “injustice” in the U.S.  All make multi-million-dollar salaries.

Kaepernick has been both roundly criticized and supported for his actions.

The official football season launched on September 11, the 15th anniversary of the attacks on New York City; Shanksville, PA; and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  Viewership was reported as significantly lower than last year’s initial game.

The boy also briefly sings along with the professional rendering of the and some and claps his hands. Toward the end of the video, his mother can be heard saying, “________, are you supposed to stand up for the national anthem?  Yeah?  Good job!”

As of press time, the video has been viewed approximately 38,000 times.

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