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Kaepernick wrong to protest the way he did

I disagree with your support of Colin Kaepernick's method of protesting by kneeling/sitting during the playing of our National Anthem (We need Colin Kaepernick's voice (and maybe his arm)," July 31). We of course all have the right to express our opinions peacefully, but it should be at the right time and place. Our place of employment shouldn't be that time or place. We have an obligation to our employer not to create or associate ourselves with controversial subjects while we're on the job.

I wouldn't go to my job wearing a T-shirt that excoriated President Donald Trump, even though I think he's doing a terrible job, not only because it's disrespectful but more importantly it's against my employer's rules of conduct. However, in my off hours if I want to protest against the president's policies that's my business as long as I do it peacefully.

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Mr. Kaepernick's decision to now stand during the anthem indicates to me he is realizing the consequences of his behavior, not that he thinks racism has suddenly ended. I think Mr. Kaepernick showed very poor judgment in creating controversy "at work," and the Ravens don't need that type of player. He should have just played football on Sundays and kept all his social commentary views and efforts to his off hours. The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words, and none of them were good as Mr. Kaepernick was on tv showing disrespect to the anthem and all it stands for when he should have been showing gratitude for being able to live in this country.

Paul Wells

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