I was disappointed to read about San Francisco 49ers’ QB, Colin Kaepernick’s choice to not stand for the playing of the National Anthem at recent NFL preseason football games. On the surface his background and socio-economic situation would make him appear to be a poor candidate to make such a protest.
You don’t stand to show pride in the flag as Kaepernick believes, you stand out of respect for the flag and what it stands for. Thousands and thousands of American service men and women have died protecting what the flag represents, so Kaepernick would have the right to sit it out.
Like my mother used to scold, “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” Kaepernick appears to be eating pretty good; living the American dream. This is undoubtedly helped by the 6-year contract he signed in 2014 which could earn him as much as $126 million.
NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony demonstrated. They had the good sense not to include disrespect to our flag.
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Americans have to accept the good, the bad, and the ugly. Our nation is by no means perfect but you don’t see too many exiting for other countries.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon