After recently receiving a gift patch from a member of the New York Police Department, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan took to social media to praise “the men and women who put their lives on the line to help protect society” and condemn athletes who kneel during the national anthem in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement (Major League Baseball’s abbreviated season, long delayed due to the pandemic, began on Thursday).
Says Dolmayan in his post:
“Very proud to have received this gift and will always support the men and women who put their lives on the line to help protect society. I’m also thankful to the NBA , NFL , and MLB for kneeling in solidarity with BLM and showing that major sports franchises much like most corporations are all about the look and keeping the dollars rolling in and much like the BLM movement itself could care less about black people.”
Dolmayan has previously said that “The supposed black lives matter movement never had legitimacy… and were always a Democratic Party fundraiser and propaganda tool,” asserting that “There is no systemic racism in the United State.” He also called Donald Trump “the greatest friend to minorities.”