Excuse me if this seems like a joke. I do believe they are serious about their peaceful protests performed during the playing of the National Anthem before ball games nationally. No matter if you agree or disagree with their opinions, everyone can see this isn't the cultural norm. Growing up from a very young age I was taught a few lessons that seem pretty automatic to me as an adult: 1. You stand, remove your hat, and place your hand on your heart during the playing of the National Anthem.