Respect. Two referees at a highschool soccer recreation in New Jersey, a father and a son, walked off the sector when the scholars took a knee through the enjoying of the Nationwide Anthem. Ernie Lunardelli and his son, Anthony, stood for the Nationwide Anthem with their fingers over their hearts. They left the sector as quickly because the tune ended as a result of members of Monroe Township Excessive College staff took a knee as a substitute of standing for the Nationwide Anthem. It’s the precept of the factor.
Each Lunardellis mentioned they felt that the act of kneeling through the anthem was an indication of disrespect for the nation, the flag and our troopers. I couldn’t agree extra. “Anyone that disrespects the flag, in my eyes, it’s not proper,” the daddy mentioned. “What they’re doing with this kneeling and all the pieces, they’ve the precise do to that, however the Nationwide Anthem has nothing to do with them kneeling. The flag has obtained nothing to do with why they’re protesting. In the event that they need to protest, allow them to protest, however don’t disrespect our nation, the flag, and the armed forces.” “They’ve obtained a proper to protest and so can we,” the son added. He’s a graduate of Monroe Excessive College. “That (taking a knee through the anthem) will not be how I used to be introduced up, and that’s not how I used to be raised. I’m not criticizing their proper. That’s simply my viewpoint.”
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Each of the Lunardellis males warned the colleges forward of time that they might not officiate if any gamers took a knee through the anthem. They had been good to their phrase. Good to see actual males take a stand. College officers deliberate retaliation in opposition to them and have filed a grievance with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation. It could appear the varsity is supportive of militant racism and protesting something American, however not of Individuals who protest the wrongness of these actions. I’ve a phrase for that… hypocrisy.
“They’re making an attempt to get them to not give us any extra video games, mainly saying we put the gamers’ security in peril, however we didn’t,” Anthony Lunardelli mentioned. “They clearly had sufficient officers to do the sport. I’m probably not nervous about (being sanctioned). If I don’t ref once more, it gained’t be the tip of the world.” Better Middlesex Convention soccer committee Chairman Ben LaSala mentioned the matter could be mentioned at an upcoming assembly. Neither LaSala nor NJSIAA coordinator of soccer officers Carmine Picardo would speculate about what actions, if any, could be taken in opposition to the daddy and son referees. In fact not, they need to blindside them and make an instance of the daddy, son duo.
Ernie Lunardelli mentioned he already obtained a letter relieving him of his spot officiating on the subsequent recreation. I feel that just about says all of it. Already progressives and different leftists are calling for the duo to by no means officiate one other recreation and since it’s New Jersey, they’ll in all probability get their method. It’s a bloody disgrace and it exhibits what a tragic state our nation is in presently. I for one applaud these males and I’m happy with them. It’s not all the time straightforward to do what is correct, however they did it. The identical can’t be mentioned for this sorry excuse of a faculty.