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NFL national anthem protest is despicable

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Dear Editor:

I read the letter from Robert Laitres who stood up for the NFL players who refused to stand up for the national anthem and I then read a letter in another publication from a lady who lost her Marine stepson in Iraq. The fact that the NFL players "think" they have a right to protest any grievance, real or imagined, before an NFL game while on the payroll of the NFL owners is nothing short of despicable. To support their ignorance and provide excuses for their action is similarly despicable. Defending the indefensible is pathetic. This grieving Marine stepmother wrote an extremely poignant and emotional letter to NFL players and owners on behalf of her husband and children. Her letter can be read in total on the internet.

Her letter asks pertinent questions about the hypocrisy of the supposed reason for their kneeling, questions that should cause serious concern to the rest of us.

She closes her letter by saying, "You should be on your knees thanking God for giving you the talent to play a game thousands of young men would give their right arm to be talented enough to play at the professional level. Thank God for the ability to make more money in a single game than many of those police officers protecting you and your communities will make in a lifetime. Thank God for having been blessed to have been born in a country that gives you that opportunity for the sole reason that you are a gifted athlete. Most of all, thank God for men like my stepson who fought in 120-degree heat in full military gear and died to defend your ability to live freely in this country. Then get off your damn knees. Stand for the American flag and national anthem that represents the country and those who have died defending her to give you this opportunity, and DO something to prove that black lives actually DO matter to you. Put your money where your knee is."

I owe it to Christopher (Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Cosgrove III) and every other fallen soldier and veteran to stand up against the blatant disrespect of our country, our flag, our anthem, our military, and our police officers.

Bill Sutton

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