Wealthy athletes whine, don’t give
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.