To the Editor:
The NFL and football in general has turned away from being a national pride. What started out with a couple of disgruntled players taking the knee during our national anthem to teams playing follow the fools. The general public in the heartland are sending a strong message against the NFL and kneeling players that they will boycott football on TV and ticket sales. Owners are now seeing revenue losses. Major sponsors may pull billions of dollars on TV ads and individual player could lose million dollar sponsorships. Remember: We The People as taxpayers built the stadiums in which they disrespect during our national anthem.
What should they do? Focus their God-given talent by returning to their community by working with students at risk, setting examples of what good citizenship looks like. NFL and its players have shown disrespect for our anthem, our flag and the brave soldiers who have died for their freedom. I don’t know the author of the following but it explains how the heartland thinks.
“When my president shipped pallets of cash to my sworn enemy, I didn’t take a knee; when my president lied to me and claimed four of my comrades were murdered because of a video insulting Muslims, I didn’t take a knee; when my president ordered that words “One Nation Under God” be removed from the pledge of allegiance, I didn’t take a knee; when my president lied to me and said I could keep my doctors and my premiums would go down, I didn’t take a knee.”
I could go on and on. In all that time I never disrespected our country, the office of the president, our armed forces and veterans, or our nation. I remained vigilant. I didn’t take a knee. I voted for a new president.