Letters to the Editor

NFL fumbles its pledge to be respectable

Recent events involving the NFL indicate that it’s all about the money rather than the sport, the fans, or the community.

The NFL’s mission: “To provide our fans, communities and partners the highest quality sports and entertainment in the world, and to do so in a way that is consistent with our values.”

The NFL letterhead features impressive buzzwords, “Respect —Integrity — Responsibility to Team — Resiliency.”

In 2014 the NFL fined San Francisco 49ers’ QB, Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for appearing at a post-game press conference wearing headphones not provided by the league sponsor. Keapernick was also docked pay by the NFL that year for using inappropriate language on the field.

Last year the league approved the St. Louis Rams’ unceremonious move to LA.

Earlier this year the NFL disapproved the Dallas Cowboys’ request to wear “arm-in-arm” helmet decals to show support for the Dallas Police and their families after a recent ambush killed five officers.

The NFL’s charge, “Every colleague must recognize and avoid activities and relationships that may tarnish our reputation.” Meanwhile Kaepernick fails to stand for the National Anthem at games. He dons socks with images of cartoon pigs wearing police hats at practices.

Not a peep is heard from the league office.

The league boasts it’s, “proud to be America’s most popular and respected sports league.” They need to start walking their talk before it’s too late.

Bill Malec, O’Fallon

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