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Kate Upton Slams Athletes Kneeling on 9/11 as a 'Disgrace'

The super model described the actions of the athletes choosing to kneel on the 9/11 anniversary as 'horrific'

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    Kate Upton, left. Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle.

    Supermodel Kate Upton blasted several NFL players for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem during kickoff Sunday of the NFL season, which this year coincided with the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

    In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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    "Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country," Upton wrote on her Instagram on Sunday. "Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific."

    It was an uncharacteristic commentary on a political or social issue for the Sports Illustrated cover model. Upton is enaged to Justin Verlander, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. 

    The four players who caught Upton's ire were Miami Dolphin's running back Arian Foster, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, free safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills — who were down on their right knee as the song played before the Dolphins' 12-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.

    "I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary," Upton wrote.

    Upton's post quickly caught the attention of both supporters, and some high profile detractors, including Soledad O'Brien and former CNN commentator Roland Martin.

    The players' decisions to not stand during the anthem was the latest in a series of protests undertaken by several professional athletes in recent weeks, with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick beginning the demonstration prior to a preseason game last month.

    Foster tweeted hours following the game, "Don't put your hatred in our hearts. I love this country. Don't let the love for a symbol overrule the love for your fellow human."