Re “President’s criticisms spark more protests at NFL games” (sacbee.com, Sept. 24): Our president has stirred up an idiotic controversy about a football player kneeling during the national anthem. What am I missing? A football player kneels during the anthem in support of those who have suffered racial discrimination. He doesn’t turn his back on the flag, doesn’t make obscene gestures, doesn’t yell and stamp his feet. Colin Kaepernick seems to be a pretty good guy. I never thought his kneeling was a sign of disrespect. It was a symbol of sadness that our country didn’t always live up to its ideals. It was in honor of all the things we as Americans aspire to be.
Marcy Anne Hunt, Folsom
President Donald Trump is saying that the game is not what it use to be, that ratings and attendance are down because fans are not allowed to enjoy the violence of hits that bring about chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Some may remember the post game program in which violent hits were celebrated, and followed by hosts screaming, “Jack You Up.” I am not sure any lucid person would want to return to this kind of football. I’d rather see a knee than some human being laid out unconscious.
Richard R. Kuechle, Lincoln
It is very sad to see millionaire athletes insulting the American flag, our national anthem and all the military, and first responders. It is especially unfortunate that so many of these petulant folks would do something like this when there are so many other ways to protest something they feel is wrong.
Dave Williams, Roseville
Right to protest
The actions taken by professional football entertainers did nothing to further social justice, but only served to divide this country. If these players want to correct injustice, they need to get involved in their community and give back, instead of kneeling to prove some “right” to protest. So, I am taking a knee, exercising my right to protest by turning off the television.
Patti Gantenbein, Carmichael
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