When pro ath­letes boy­cott games, they show dis­re­spect for fans and their sport

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment with pro­fes­sional sports re­gard­ing the de­ci­sion made by some teams to refuse to com­pete as a form of protest against the shoot­ing of Ja­cob Blake in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin.

Th­ese ath­letes must ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that this tragic in­ci­dent is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The en­tire truth has not been re­vealed yet. Jus­tice and due process are as im­por­tant as fight­ing against racism and po­lice mis­con­duct.

There are many peo­ple who are sick or in­jured and re­cu­per­at­ing ei­ther at home or in hos­pi­tals and look for­ward to watch­ing great ath­letes com­pete, to for­get about their con­di­tion. Those of us blessed enough to en­joy good health, but are wor­ried about catch­ing the coro­n­avirus, can use the en­joy­ment of pro sports to for­get about our fears.

It is sad that some of th­ese great ath­letes do not ap­pre­ci­ate this.

I would like to see Ma­jor League Base­ball levy very steep fines on all of the play­ers of both the New York Mets and the Mi­ami Mar­lins for go­ing onto the field and then, after a mo­ment of si­lence to honor the first African Amer­i­can in the ma­jor leagues, Jackie Robin­son, refuse to play by walk­ing off the field. They dis­re­spected the game as well as the fans. An­to­nio Acevedo, West Town

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