In 2016, Colin Kaepernick started kneeling for the national anthem before playing in NFL games. Football fans across the country repeated that this was not the correct time or place for his actions. What they failed to realize, however, was that sports are not just about the game. Many people watch sports to escape from the chaos of the modern world. However, as long as sports have been played, the societal issues aren’t hidden by sports, but instead sports magnify the problems that players and viewers are going through. From coming out as LGBT to betting scandals to protesting on the field, these rhizomatic influences practically fill the stadium and directly influence the game. All aspects of society; whether they be political, social or economic, impact all aspects of life regardless of how polarizing or politically uninclined they may seem. Sports is not an excuse to be superficial or blissfully ignorant to how these things impact society and vise-versa.