I read an article this morning about a sports pub that cancelled their subscription to NFL Package and will no longer be hosting NFL games on their many TV screens in their pub come football season. I send them many thanks for taking this step and the courage it took to say goodbye to the financial income they will probably be losing. Goody-Goody For The Stand They Took!
And, this is what I have to say!
Those players who use their status as a team player to forsake the country should be utterly ashamed of themselves. Why don’t they protest on their own dime, or should I say millions. They take one of America’s favorite sports and time to demonstrate against the country that gives them the right of freedom to play a fantastic sport, make millions of dollars, become a beloved player and they pay their country back by “taking a knee”. They are disgraceful, dishonorable, and unworthy to be an American. It is not that I disagree with their intention, it is the way in which they have protested -- at the expense of their audience. Holding the fans captive for their personal views. There is a time and place for everything, but showing lack of respect for our Anthem, Flag, and Military that protect us 24/7, is crossing over the line.
If they want to protest, why don’t they use their own money and organize a protest, rent a football stadium and use their popularity and energy to bring people together and focus on the issues they feel are being mishandled or they disagree with; but not use the paying public time and money to pay for their own personal ambitions and protests.
They are lucky they live in America, and they should take their protests to the voting booths, not the stadiums or homes of the public who pay their salaries with their subscriptions and entrance fees.
I for one am through with athletics who enter the homes and public places to broadcast their opinion and consume the public with their personal views. They appear to be oversized children throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way. Go to your room and stay there until you can behave like an American who thank their country for the opportunities they have been given at the expense of the lives of our protectors, the brave soldiers of the United States of America. So go to your room and stay there until you can behave like an thankful American.
Lee Christine Brownlee