Letter: There was time when pro athletes left playing field to fight for our country


Following President Trump’s criticism of the football players disrespecting our flag and country, the number of players protesting increased. Most of them weren’t involved in showing “unity” prior to this.

What misguided idea makes them demonstrate their dislike for President Trump by showing disrespect for our flag and country? The proper place for expressing this dislike is on the election ballot.

Most of these players were born with a God-given talent that they did nothing to earn. They’ve been able to use this talent to get a free college education and make millions of dollars in a short career. Where else would this be possible but in the United States?

While enjoying all this fame and fortune they disrespect the people who risked life and limb to ensure a place where this is possible. Hopefully it is due to ignorance of our history. I hate to think they’re so selfish that they have no gratitude or respect for the sacrifices made by others.

What a change in a few generations! When I was growing up during WWII and the Korean Conflict many famous athletes left the ball parks, gave up peak earning years in their careers, and went to serve their country. I can’t imagine any of today’s cry baby athletes doing that. Leave that to someone less worthy!

It’s a shame that the TV networks give them the attention their egos demand. We need to show our disrespect by ignoring the players, networks and sponsors with our time and money.

Jerry Joels



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centurion75 1 year, 4 months ago

Amazing how many Americans still do not understand the First Amendment. This is a peaceful, silent protest to shine the spotlight on perceived social injustice. Yes it's on the job, but if NFL management allows it, then guess what? (IMO its kind of silly for grown men to sit on a couch on a beautiful day, watching a bunch of athletes they don't know throw a football around- just saying).


Pfalbo 1 year, 4 months ago

The only thing NFL's kneeling players disrespect is the systemic bigotry shown them continuously by their country, countrymen and Government Institutions.

That you refuse to open your mind to the stated reasons the players protest-- instead, insisting on concocting your own delusional (Fox News?) excuses-- is proof of your assumed superiority and their deserved inequality.

Amazing, white men even insist on telling Blacks what is acceptable protest and when!

Many US soldiers have died and die to protect Free Speech. Who the hell are you to demand oppressed people be shut up?

trump, the scoundrel, is a false patriot-- he dodged when he could have served. Now, his scoundrel goose step to pick up his particularly repulsive faux patriotism.

Samuel Johnson said it clearly and truthfully: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

Jerry, I will bet you do not have the courage (ha!) or self-discipline not to watch the rest of the NFL season. Gee, instead of retching about kneeling players, you might have to think... for a change.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 4 months ago

Kneeling could be interpreted as the flag at half mast, rather than as burning the flag. Disrespecting the flag and our country is not their intention but rather drawing attention to the fact that young black men are being slaughtered by white cops across the country, and the white cops are getting off Scot free. Some black men are taking up guns and going hunting for white cops - if I were Black I'd be right there - but the rest are trying to find a way to protest in a peaceful manner. Some kneel on football fields. Be thankful for that. When our system falls short for anyone we have a sacred duty to criticize and correct it. If you are into sacred cows, move to India. Americans take sacred cows and turn them into BBQ, YUM.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 4 months ago

"Most of these players were born with a God-given talent that they did nothing to earn." Jerry, I wonder what Bruce Arians and Larry Fitzgerald would think of that comment. I'm pretty sure that YEARS of hard work go into training to even show up to try out for any major sports team. Let's leave God out of this, pretty sure the Dude is out there running the universe and does not have time to get involved in human beings' childish games. If this planet had a landlord we would have been evicted a long time ago. But hey, how about that Cardinals game yesterday? LOL!


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 4 months ago

Unfortunately gov't has picked two fights with me, so sometimes I tend toward combative language that is undeserved by most law enforcement. As I said before as long as the police are acting within the Constitution they have my full support.