The news seems to be flooded with stories of athletes protesting racism and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee during the National Anthem at sporting events throughout the country.
It’s refreshing to see at least one major league professional sports team choosing to honor rather than condemn the police officers who protect them each day by putting their lives on the line.
The Dallas Stars opened their season Thursday with a tribute to the five Dallas police officers killed when a sniper took aim at officers during a Black Lives Matter protest in July. The Blue Lives Matter website noted that “each of the Star players will display a sticker of a badge on their helmet representing one of the five fallen heroes.”
Former Stars player Mike Modano tweeted this out ahead of the team’s game:
— Mike Modano (@9modano) October 13, 2016
Dallas Police Officers Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa along with DART Police Officer Brent Thompson lost their lives in the July attack.
“It’s a small way to try to support our community, and our police officers who do such a tremendous job inside our community and try to make it save for all of us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.
ESPN observed that the families of the officers received “a long and loud ovation in the arena.”
The tribute seemed to have paid off, as the Stars defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.
Kudos to the Dallas Stars for choosing to honor their police officers instead of denying them. These officers died in the line of duty, protecting the rights of Black Lives Matter protesters to protest peacefully and to get their message out. Their families will forever be impacted by that single day. Thankfully we do still have at least one major sports franchise willing to stand with officers.