Boycott NFL games
Editor: The NFL is selective in what it determines to be freedom of speech.
As an example, it limits how a player, after scoring a touchdown, may demonstrate in the end zone because it may anger members of the opposing team and cause them to retaliate. Infractions can lead to team penalties, fines and suspension when faced with defiance.
On the other hand, players refusing to render proper honors during the playing of our national anthem or the presentation of colors are deemed to exercise their right to freedom of speech. So, it is OK to anger thousands of fans but not members of the opposing team?
Freedom of speech restrains only the government. It does not protect individuals from actions from private entities. The NFL takes the easy way out by not facing up to responsibility to its fans. Worse yet, the actions of those kneeling or otherwise demonstrating is misdirected.
The flag and the national anthem are not the cause of their distress. It is unfortunate that individuals and organizations disobey the law and act against the common good, but recent history has shown that activism has only prevailed through peaceful protest directed against those involved. Those kneeling need to take some of their enormous salaries and use the money to fund organizations supporting their point of view or take to the bully pulpit to air their grievances.
Recently, the Lackawanna County Council of Veterans called for a boycott of NFL games as a peaceful protest against those who demean our colors and national anthem. Let us support their call for a boycott and use our bully pulpit to expand those efforts. When our actions affect the NFL and club bottom lines I expect they will find a solution to this and other forms of disrespect to the symbols of our nation. MOOSIC