Re “The problem with kneeling: Why Kaepernick should have an NFL job and Tebow shouldn’t” column by David Wetzel.
I read the column and wonder why it was featured. Wetzel’s arguments are very good but does not reflect what it really takes to be a professional athlete. Professional athletes are very intense and know that what happens on and off the field impacts their unity. That is why every so often you read about a scuffle in the locker room, practice field, and the like.
When a “leader” shows rebellion that is not acceptable to the whole team ,it breaks the unity. Tim Tebow praying is acceptable; showing rebellion against a symbol of the United States may not be.
Several great athletes have been given the old heave ho when they caused disruption to the team. So I strongly disagree with the column.
Yes Tebow needed some corrections to what previous coaches let him do with his throwing form, but he seemed to keep the team’s unity intact. If Kaepernick would have taken his statement off, not on the field, he may still may be playing.
Kurt Hiner, Little River