Letters to the Editor

Letter: Professional athletes and kneeling

To the Editor,

When I heard the news on the TV, I could not possibly tell you how shocked I was. They have sacrificed so much already. Yet they are going the extra mile to demonstrate their hard-hitting commitment.

They, at great risk to their personal well-being, took a stand and showed the world their commitment. They are the role models of our society.

Yes, they are the professional athletes. They, in full view, took a knee during the national anthem with the American flag flying gracefully in the breeze. You know the flag. The one that many Americans shed their blood for defending this country and the freedoms upon which it is built.

Without these Americans shedding their blood for us, these professional athletes would not be able to express their strong stance. Some of you may think that this is not appropriate.

But these athletes live by special rules.

Having said this, can you imagine my overwhelming astonishment when I heard of their next protest that goes beyond anything I could possibly comprehend? To show their support for the BLM movement, they have pulled out all the stops and are really going out on the limb.

They are now going to boycott games. Wow, that should really help the movement. What a sacrifice. Takes my breath away! Since they are under contract, however, they will get paid. Don’t know if ticket holders will get a refund.

I would like to make a modest proposal. My proposal is that all these high-priced athletes, along with all management personnel, donate their salary for one year. It is, I am told, a billion dollar business.

I am sure they have the financial where-with-all. Use it to rebuild the burned-out buildings. Kneel and boycott all you want.  

Time has come to put your money where your mouth is. Yes, hardship will arise. Surviving on last year's millions will present some hardships.  

This proposal seems so much more helpful than kneeling. Time has come for the talking to stop. Money talks, hot air walks. Put up or shut up. Just saying. Peace

Dan Malecki

Crystal Lake

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