Although it has calmed down considerably this season, there’s still a good chance someone will get heated if anthem protests in the NFL get brought up in any setting. That’s exactly what happened in the North Carolina town of Cary on Thanksgiving Day and the end result went to the absolute extreme.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Jorge Luis Valencia Lamadri and his family sat down to enjoy a nice Turkey Day meal when his two sons — 21-year-old Esteban Valencia and 27-year-old Felipe Miguel Valencia — got into an argument about athletes taking a knee during the national anthem.
The end result? Esteban Valencia was shot in the hand and leg with a shotgun and 51-year-old Jorge Lamadri was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to the report.
There has to be a backstory to this, right? Of course.
Apparently, Esteban Valencia had a little too much to drink throughout the day. When the argument about anthem protests got heated, it turned into a physical altercation, with Esteban charging toward Felipe. Esteban was then asked to leave the home.
Lamadri told police he did not have the strength to stop his sons from fighting, so he went and got his shotgun.
Esteban definitely didn’t leave, however. He proceeded to go into the backyard and starting throwing patio furniture and other items at the home and at his father, according to the report.
And when Esteban struck his father in the face with a water bottle, Lamadri, who was holding the shotgun by its pistol grip, squeezed the trigger and struck Esteban in the hand and leg. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Lamadri claims he did not intend to harm his 21-year-old son, but it’s definitely what happened. He was held in the Wake County jail and was released on Saturday after posting a $50,000 bond.
There’s definitely a lot of details to the story, but the summary is rather simple: Two kids got into a family argument over NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem over Thanksgiving dinner, the father got a shotgun, and then ultimately fired it when he was hit in the face with a flying object. Thankfully, it sounds like Esteban Valencia will be alright.
Let’s just hope Christmas goes better.