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Letter: Wrong place, wrong time for pro athlete protesters

Ravens players kneeled before the national anthem and stood during the playing of the anthem. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Two weeks ago the "tweeter-in-chief," our not-so-beloved President, caused quite a stir with his 140 character or less comments about NFL and NBA players.

He concentrated on the NFL players who sat or knelt during the national anthem prior to their games, and on NBA star Stephen Curry, who declared he wouldn't attend the usual ceremonies to honor championship teams at the White House.

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My thought is that if any player on a championship team has a problem with attending that ceremony for whatever reason, it's not a big deal. It's that player's personal decision and the reasons need not be declared or questioned or commented on.

As for the "protest" by the NFL players, I'm of the opinion that although they have every right to protest, they have chosen the wrong time and the wrong place. Showing disrespect for the anthem at their primary, and very public, place of employment which is offered as a form of entertainment isn't the way to garner any awareness or support for their cause.

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Another problem with that protest is that some can't seem to agree about the reason for their action. Some are of the opinion that they do it in support of Colin Kaepernick and his lack of NFL employment since he began kneeling for the anthem last season.

Those players have missed the whole point. Kaepernick knelt to support those who have been the victims of police brutality, including the murders of unarmed persons by police, and racism in general.

I've heard some of the talking heads on the sports stations are saying this their way of trying to begin a dialogue on such matters. My view is the players and former players should attend and carry a sign or speak at one of the many rallies on the problem. Maybe write a letter to the editor, or submit an editorial column.

They could express their opinions during the post game or mid-week press conferences that are regularly held and posted on social media and run on radio and TV. If they really care, they need to get actively involved in searching for solutions to what is a real problem in many areas today, instead of silently kneeling during the national anthem before their games.

I would listen and respect their viewpoint more if they did that than I do now with their current actions.

Bill Kennedy

Taneytown



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