A Veteran Decided to Drop Some Knowledge About Who Really Regularly Disrespects the Flag 

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The New England Patriots, left, are among those who have come under fire for exercising their right to protest. Meanwhile, brands regularly include the American flag in their fashions. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer/Sam Edwards)

Patriotic fans have continued to claim that athletes are disrespecting the flag by taking a knee. However, one Twitter user discounted those notions by posting a thread that detailed what the U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1 Section 8, also known as the Flag Code, has to say about it. User @koopa_kinta, a third-generation veteran, spelled out the code Saturday, Sept. 23. He outlined examples of how sports teams and other brands have actually desecrated the flag by wearing it on uniforms and embellishing it on clothing and cushions.

The Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to enforce penalties about flag desecration. And yet, many patriots have not referenced these instances of so-called disrespect as they drag athletes for peacefully protesting.


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However, @koopa_kinte found plenty of support from fellow Twitter users when he dropped this thread.

Still, one person issued a clarification about how she interpreted the code, which states in part that “the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.”

And while there were others who also said the code was directly referencing the flag and not illustrations of it…

…many agreed with the tea @koopa_kint spilled in his thread.

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