Honor and Patriotism, No Protest! For me, not very many in the media as well as many others, seem to really understand that all the angst that happens at the taking a knee by professional athletes, actors and politicians during the playing of the National Anthem at public events, is really about honor and patriotism and is not a protest!
It was said by another that these “professionals” should get down on both knees and give thanks for being at a place in the world where they are allowed to speak their opinions in public as well as earn as much money as possible through exhibiting their skills. But to use their highly public podium this has been solely manufactured by their athletic skills and successes, is unpatriotic and dishonors me and my countrymen as citizens and Veterans.
I was not fortunate enough to rise to a “professional” level in any sport or job. So I do not have a “professionally built” and paid for by others pulpit and must voice my opinions through letters like this that only get a minute fraction of the recognition. But I have served my country without waiver and learned the meaning of honor and Patriotism.
In the case of the NBA, there are 12 professional basketball leagues outside the NBA and many of those players rise to become NBA players. Why do I mention this, it’s because playing in the USA is better than playing on any basketball team any place else in the world. And just how many of these and former NBA players have played on USA teams in world events? In 2016, a record 46 NBA players completed in the Olympics; 12 NBA players alone were members the USA Basketball team. I guess I’m just a bit confused as to why many of these NBA players dishonor us, but work very hard to play on the U.S.A. teams!
Protest if you will or say what you please, but please NBA, NFL and all other “professionals”, do it on your own time and at your own expense!