Yael T. Abouhalkah

Bill Self is right: Shut down ‘Home of the Chiefs’ at Allen Fieldhouse

Updated: 2013-11-23T23:45:20Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Bless KU coach Bill Self for speaking out on an issue that has nothing to do with college basketball but everything to do with respecting this nation.

Self said Wednesday he doesn’t think KU students should sing “Home of the .... Chiefs” at the end of the national anthem in games at Allen Fieldhouse.

I wholeheartedly agree, and have so written before (as has Star columnist Vahe Gregorian recently).

It’s most disrespectful to the people who have served in the military to keep our freedoms in far-off lands.

Of course, every time I write about this topic, I hear from the “it’s my right” crowd, as in these people have the “right” to say whatever they want at the end of the anthem.

Yeah, sure they do. But why?

Because the people they are disrespecting with their little antics fought for that freedom and your “right” to say what you want.

Self said it well:

“That’s not what needs to be done in this particular situation. Especially in today’s time when there’s so much publicity and notoriety, rightfully so, to the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country. I think it’s probably not something we should do, but from a kids’ standpoint I don’t think they know they are in poor taste doing it. I think it’s just something we should look at and realize, ‘Hey, c’mon now, let’s think about this before we actually do it.’”

College students, of course, will be college students, and the Kansas kids might continue saying “Home of the .... Chiefs” at the fieldhouse.

But what kind of excuse do the supposedly more mature Kansas City Chiefs fans have when they are at Arrowhead Stadium and they disrespect the anthem and the nation that way?

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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