Letter: 1st Amendment allows pro football players to make fools of themselves


I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about the NFL and them not saluting the flag and I understand the concerns that is disrespectful to our troops and to our people that defended our nation.

It is frusturating that people won’t respect our country and should be grateful for the rights and the freedoms that are provided. To solve this issue people in sports need to stop being political on the field and play the game that people love to watch and be fans of.

At the same time, if you want to be a fool on the field during the National Anthem then that becomes your choice and you’ll look like a fool, but that is why our people who have fought for our country put up with since it is a freedom of choice and that is a 1st Amendment right that is given to us as Americans.

If some players in the NFL do not want to show proper respect for our flag and Nastional Anthem, then it’s their foolish choice but the 1st Amendment protects them just like the rights protect the owners knowing what they can do to their organization as well. Cut the politics out and focus on the great game of the NFL. Let’s enjoy fall watching football with people and just get along this fall season.

Derek D’Avignon



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IzzatSo 1 year, 4 months ago

Have you ever wondered why sports events begin with the national anthem? What does that really have to do with the sport that is about to begin? Would there be the same furor if God Bless America was played instead of The Star Spangled Banner? Did you know our Representative Gosar is trying to get an amendment passed that will cut off government funds for military jet fly-overs before sports games? Indeed, who needs that? Just let the game begin. As Shakespeare might say, this is much ado about nothing, but it does serve as a perfect distraction from the Russian voter-influence investigations.


Pfalbo 1 year, 4 months ago

You and Jeff Sessions are hysterical.

And duplicitous hypocrites.

Sessions observed, last week, that freedom of speech in America is under attack.

Then, oblivious to the irony, Sessions immediately jumped on the trump-bigotry-train by criticizing NFL players exercising their right of Free Speech.

This from our Attorney General. God help us.

This ex-USAF member served so you can sound as foolish as you want even if it is just because your TV football game is somehow tainted.

Mostly, though, I served so that brave men can openly protest their obvious oppression by a nation now struggling mightily to make public bigotry acceptable in US culture.

You say, "To solve this issue people in sports need to stop being political on the field and play the game that people love to watch and be fans of."

They say, "To solve this issue America needs to treat blacks, and all minorities, as if, indeed, "All men are created equal!" Then, perhaps, we can stop being political on the field and play the game that people love to watch and be fans of."

I know of at least 70 million people who think that totally unreasonable: trump followers.



The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 4 months ago

The only FOOL exercising his freedom of speech when he should keep his mouth shut is our delusional president. He dishonors us all with his divisive and incendiary words. I'm still not sure whether the guy is really misogynist and racist or just stupid. Either way he should have NEVER become the leader of the so-called free world. Sorry Senator Flake, I tried to be civil, but our President is a world-class idiot and a-- hole.