Wealthy ath­letes whine, don’t give

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GREG RALEIGH Wash­ing­ton

Mi­ami Dol­phins player Kenny Stills’ protest over the team owner host­ing a pri­vate event re­minds why I stopped buy­ing NFL tick­ets and prod­ucts (“Dol­phins’ Stills says his crit­i­cism of owner isn’t po­lit­i­cal,” Web, Aug. 9). We foot­ball fans are not pay­ing for a player’s pol­i­tics; we’re pay­ing to watch them per­form on the field. Dol­phins owner Stephen Ross has a right to do what­ever he wants, and if Mr. Stills dis­agrees then he should put in a re­quest to move to an­other team.

I would partly sup­port Mr. Stills’ view if he were heav­ily in­vest­ing in the re­build­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties. If you check his taxes, though, Mr. Stills prob­a­bly spends less that 1 per­cent of his multi-mil­lion-dol­lar salary on com­mu­nity projects. He is the lat­est foot­ball player to so­cially at­tack team own­ers and/or the pres­i­dent, but when you ask these play­ers what have they done to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ties they get quiet. If you can’t walk it, don’t talk it.

I sug­gest that if Mr. Stills wants to go into pol­i­tics or so­cial jus­tice, maybe he should choose a pro­fes­sion in one of those ar­eas and let the play­ers who un­der­stand their job de­scrip­tions have the op­por­tu­nity he is wasting. He and his ilk are los­ing fans like me.

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