As is the case with most social issues, the shooting in Charleston and the subsequent discussion regarding the visibility of the Confederate flag permeated the sports world.
So, it's no surprise different figures in sports have begun to provide their takes, and Benjamin Watson's certainly stands out.
Speaking via a post on his Facebook page, the New Orleans Saints tight end offered a nuanced, measured and sincere collection of thoughts that such important topics sorely need but rarely receive.
Yesterday morning, on the day South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley voiced her intent to take down the Confederate flag from South Carolina's state capital, Watson made sure to discuss the motives for such a move.
The NFL player said,
Watson mentioned flying the flag is not "inherently wrong," and he argued some people see the stars and bars of the flag as a celebration of heritage.
But he also mentioned the offense it can cause to fellow countrymen and the importance for the state to consider this aspect when deciding whether the flag should continue to be flown.