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Model Kate Upton Calls Miami Dolphins’ Protest ‘Unacceptable,’ Critics Promptly Fire Back

Kate Upton (Twitter)

Kate Upton (Twitter)

Model Kate Upton took issue with Miami Dolphins players who kneeled during the national anthem at their Sept. 11 game. The swimsuit cover girl detailed her feelings via social media during yesterday’s match.

According to Sports Center, four members of the Dolphins kneeled. Arian Foster, Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins all met with the team Friday evening to decide how to handle the anthem. Foster initially planned to raise his fist but decided not to.

In response, Upton wrote the following message Sunday evening.

https://twitter.com/KateUpton/status/775092537707077632

She stated football players can protest whenever they like “but during the 120 seconds [the anthem is playing] you should support the people who protect our freedom.”

https://twitter.com/KateUpton/status/775093441676075008

The model expounded on her feelings on Instagram, too.

“Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country,” she wrote in part. “Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific… Recent history has shown that [America] is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States.”

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Black Twitter disagreed.

Vanessa Veasley pointed out the contradictory message Upton seemed to espouse.

https://twitter.com/VanessaVeasley/status/775100874410471424

@timdogg98 used a GIF of NBA star Kevin Durant smacking a basketball from Upton’s hands to illustrate Black users’ thoughts on Upton.

Janan Graham-Russell called out the cover girl’s hypocrisy.

L. D. Lewis pointed out that Upton’s Republican congressman uncle Fred voted against the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010. The measure gave health benefits to Sept. 11 responders. Fred finally supported passing the bill in 2015, according to The Huffington Post.

https://twitter.com/ElleLewis6/status/775117635742826496

Flatbushian took aim at Upton’s marketing as a curvy model.

https://twitter.com/inomallday/status/775095547183128576

@Jaiylean explained the new generation of Black people don’t need permission to protest.

https://twitter.com/Jaiylean/status/775122295455178752

News One Now host Roland Martin also voiced his opinion. He sent Upton and several sports figures a link to a video of a cop pulling a gun on a Black motorcyclist.

Upton responded by acknowledging the corruption of the justice system but explained Sept. 11 is not the time for protesting.

https://twitter.com/KateUpton/status/775153280259350528

Martin asked if Upton would rather have protests only occur before or after 9/11.

To which Upton clarified her statement.

https://twitter.com/KateUpton/status/775156173137911808

But some users backed the model.

Kennedy Copeland called out anyone who defended NFLers who protest the U.S. anthem but attacked Upton for her stance.

And Jimmy Godson was somewhere in the middle of the fray.

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