Boy­cott the NFL un­til play­ers learn to protest

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I agree whole­heart­edly with

Adam Bergman’s col­umn, “New U.S. cit­i­zen to Kaeper­nick: Stand up.”

The NFL is pop­u­lated by a mi­nor­ity of for­tu­nate in­di­vid­u­als who are paid ridicu­lous sums of money to play a game. A game that a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple can’t af­ford to at­tend. Those in­di­vid­u­als end up, like it or not, be­ing role mod­els for kids who want to have hope for a brighter fu­ture. Our coun­try isn’t per­fect and it never will be. But it af­fords in­di­vid­u­als who aren’t ed­u­cated or trained in trades to con­trib­ute to our coun­try and be­come rich. It af­fords op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple all over the world to clam­ber up the eco­nomic lad­der — many of them by im­mi­grat­ing to the U.S.

By dis­re­spect­ing the flag, you are also dis­re­spect­ing the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who are not part of the is­sue you are at­tempt­ing to high­light. You are dis­re­spect­ing the men and women who fight and die for your free­dom. That makes you the same as the mi­nor­ity you de­cree prob­lem­atic. Do some­thing pos­i­tive to im­prove things. Your protest is the one of a spoiled child who bel­lows but doesn’t con­trib­ute to the fam­ily.

We be­lieve the NFL’s pos­ture of not tak­ing a stand against this sort of be­hav­ior is de­plorable cow­ardice.

We have de­cided to boy­cott all things NFL, and to en­cour­age all our friends, fam­ily and as­so­ciates to do the same, un­til the NFL takes a stand and in­struct its mem­bers to find a pos­i­tive chan­nel for their so­cial rant. Lynn Richard Trea­sure Is­land, Fla.

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