Letter: An open letter to all of the kneeling athletes: Your message is ambiguous
America is a free country. Consequently, you have freedom of speech. If you think that this country or system that pays you untold millions for playing a game, a game that you are good at (showing off?), is horribly flawed in some way, then it is your right to trumpet that claim at your every opportunity. In our sports-mad and celebrity-obsessed driven society, you certainly have enough microphones in front of your faces to squawk 24/7.
You don’t have to be a Rhodes scholar or a “rocket scientist” to understand that to use a demonstration of disrespect for our flag and national anthem as your platform perpetuates the stereotype of the “dumb jock.” Try looking up “ambiguous” in the dictionary.
That is the same American flag that is draped over the coffins of returning fallen warriors; the same flag that is presented to the parents, wives and children at the interment of their loved one who gave their life for their country; the same flag in the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising picture that rallied an entire nation during World War II.
Here’s a scouting report, geniuses. What validity you may feel there is to your position, it is being lost due to your repulsive method of delivery.