Theres another interpretation of the knee bended the arms locked you might appreciate.
In these NFL teams are the biggest fastest strongest black in America. They earn big money. 75% of the NFL is black. These blacks voted to do this. Bend the knee. In a very public manner they have declared themselves Exiled. They represent the blacks in America. They refuse to honor the flag and henceforth declare the white power structure is null as in not dominent and they are separate and superior to it. Its not so much protest as an evolution in their thinking. A declaration of war on WhitePriv America. We affirm this flag is not ours. As Michael Savage said. They gave us the finger.
What else can it mean? Unbelievable eh.