Letter: It’s all about freedom of speech, freedom of expression


I have noticed the surge about Colin Kaepernick being the Nike representative and I understand people’s concerns about him taking a knee to not salute the flag and personally it is wrong for him to do that because he is disrespecting our armed forces who sacrificed their lives.

However, because of armed forces, he is allowed to do that as his liberty to do what he wants. To all the people that are complaining about him, if Tim Tebow was on the Nike advertisement people would not care but others would protest because he took a knee due to his beliefs with God.

Personally once again it is a matter of freedom of speech, press, and expression. At the same time people need to do their business and if you do not support Nike due to Colin Kapernick, I do understand but at the same time leave Nike alone since it is their freedom to run their business the way they want to do at the same time.

This is what makes the United States the greatest country country in the world is the freedoms and liberties that both Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick have and people disagreeing with them is fine just like people agreeing with them.

Nike is still a great place to shop in spite of the new sponsor but at the same time the freedoms that our military provides for him still gives Nike and Kaepernick the liberty to have their beliefs.

Derek D’Avignon



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Doogster 7 months, 1 week ago

Derek, You probably mean well but you have a lot to learn about freedom of speech. Colin K wasn't protesting the armed forces. He was protesting the blatant inequality that exists in this country. And the national anthem has no place in sporting events at any level. The only reason it's there- by way of the negligent use of our tax dollars- is so our corporate government can continue to promote war for oil and dominance and spin that around as something to do with freedom. Get beyond your comfort level and dig deep into the problem my friend.


IzzatSo 7 months, 1 week ago

I read this anonymous quote somewhere, and want to share it: "Thinking NFL players are 'protesting the flag' is like thinking Rosa Parks was protesting pubic transportation". Wake up.


BillBassett 7 months, 1 week ago

People of color, black or brown, actually do get murdered by authorities in alarming circumstances. Traffic stops, domestic calls, in ones own apartment, while in custody for one thing or another or walking home from the store after dark. None of which are capitol offences. Mostly police officers or security guards take the ultimate action because...well because they can. Colin Kaepernick is protesting that. His venue has been enourmous stadiums filled with tens of thousands of people and watched on TV by millions more. A powerful and silent statement to the largest audience available. If the peaceful and respectful protest was actually directed at the Armed Forces or Flag itself, we would have heard it directly, but it's not the Army or Marines killing innocent black people in their cars for a bad tail light, is it? The Navy and Air Force don't patrol our neighborhoods and confront kids wearing hoodies. As for the Flag? It's a symbol. A symbol of his freedom and my freedom, oh and your's too by the way. Mr. Kaepernick is putting that freedom to work. What a pity so many miss the point and think it's about shoes.


4voters 7 months ago

First off "taking a knee" aka Kneeling is not and was not about has NOTHING to do with disrespect or other made up nonsense. It is about police brutality and injustice. I don't know why a "football game" must include religion or politics. It is a game and a game of surviving head injury. Along with freedom of this and that, County Employees, City Employees should not list their personal opinions or liked quotes on their email accounts nor county or city websites. Such as this quote, by Henry David Thoreau If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. So Americans must VOTE and VOTE corruption, liars and injustice OUT of Our Elections and Society.