The United State's flag is the symbol for America!
Old Glory; our Red, White & Blue, iconic fabric, is a reverent tribute sewn into a bold tapestry, in honor to our soldiers who bought your freedom with their lives. It includes the freedom that allows you the right to choose whether to burn it—or to honor it. The right to choose to spew vile rhetoric—or to engage in meaningful and respectful debate. The right to choose to pursue happiness, prosperity and the American dream—or to pursue the existence of a wayward vagabond. It also serves as a beacon of deterrence to potential invaders, as a stern warning that they are nearing the fortress of the most extremely powerful and dangerous force on the face of the earth.
To the NFL,
It takes two to play your game—You and We, the People!
You players, whom have the constitutional freedom to choose to exercise your right to take a knee during the singing of our national anthem, ironically, in perspective, you’re protesting the very ones that serve to protect you. You are acting unethically, disrespectfully, and unpatriotic, toward your fellow Americans, whom love our country, our military, our police Officers, and pay your excessive salary. A wage which affords you an extravagant lifestyle. A lifestyle that 99% of the world will never experience.
What's more, you are sending the wrong message, or at best, a confusing one, by using this setting inappropriately. Our national anthem, is one of honor to our fallen heroes and to all who serve. and have served, in similar capacities. They fought and died for you, a stranger, to preserve our exceptionalism in prosperity and safety, of which each one us are blessed to behold.
Millions of Americans perceive your protest to be a display of pure hatred for President Trump, police officers, and maybe, all white Americans, under the banner of racism awareness. Racism, portrayed in that of police brutality perpetrated on people of color. This perception developed for no other reason than your complete lack of discretion. You choose, what many believe to be, a deliberate act of defiance, aimed at discrediting and smearing American patriots. Most of them, whom have bent over backward to make amends for our long past sins against your ancestors. People who don’t even exist anymore, on either side. Where there isn't forgiveness, there can not be change.
We can argue about whether the claims behind your controversial antic is accurate, or not, but you should exercise your right to choose another platform for your protestant cause! The play you are running will continue to cause you to fumble.
The preseason has only just begun. Already, I’m aware of reports claiming that players have chosen to resume their impudent stance, without repercussions from the team’s owners, nor management—some of whom condone it and have actually knelt with the players. The NFL’s own behavioral policies are being disobeyed. The franchise and league administrators, hypocritically enforce only the ones that don’t offend a particular clique, within the league. Discrimination and politics have now spiked their way into, what used to be, a family-favorite pastime. A place where we could gather, at a retreat facsimile, be entertained by excellence in athleticism and sportsmanship, and escape the dogmatic rat-race. We are now exposed to it in yet another venue, should we attend.
Well, fine. Go ahead. Continue to choose to exercise your right to offend many of your patrons. You must believe this cause is a field worth dying on.
Don’t forget! We have the same freedoms. As for myself, and the large “clique” of your former patrons, we will also choose to exercise our rights—one of which shall be to boycott the NFL, in multiple ways, for a second consecutive season. We have nothing of much value to lose. How about you?
What’s it going to be, NFL...Game on?
If so, then...GAME OFF!