As we all are well aware, President Trump made his feelings known with respect to professional athletes kneeling during the playing of our national anthem to protest perceived social injustice in this country. As expected, players took a knee, not in protest of social injustice, but in reaction to the president’s saying that this disrespect is worthy of them being fired.
In response, Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, wrote: "Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game, and all of our players."
Using most of his words, I rearranged it as a counter argument to sum up what in my mind President Trump was saying: "Divisive actions like kneeling during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner demonstrates an unfortunate lack of respect for the USA, our flag, and all the men and women who served and died under that flag."
Mr. Goodell, do you really think the NFL is above the USA? Do you really think that the game is above the Stars and Stripes? Do you really think that your overpaid players are above the men and women who serve, or have served, this great country in the military and as first responders?
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There is a time and a place for protesting your concerns over social injustice, and it is not on the football field, baseball field, or any professional or college sport venue during the Star Spangled Banner. If the players are so enraged about the killing of people of color, where is their outrage over the bloodbaths in Chicago and other cities? These professionals are a bunch of hypocrites who just want to politicize everything and keep raking in the dollars.
Joe Morrone, Little River