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December 02, 2008

Pro athletes should honor flag

What is it with all of our overpaid athletes who refuse to honor the playing of our national anthem by removing their helmets and placing their hands over their hearts? Do their enormous salaries exempt them from paying homage to the flag?

I would think that the owners of the teams would make sure that each player pays proper respects. If some of the players are not citizens, they would be exempt until they became a citizen, and one of the clauses in their contracts should that they become an American citizen within a couple of years, or the contract would be void and they would have to go back home.

Ron McKinney
Overland Park

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Why should we expect many of these athletes to have any respect for our flag or national anthem? Remember, this is a mean country that affords nothing but oppression.
Of course we should have the choice to not pay taxes that end up going into the welfare coffers to the Hunt families and whining crybaby athletes screaming racism and victim due to only be paid several million dollars a year for playing a hobby.

Stifled Freedom

Stop patronizing these professional sports franchises!

homer glasgow

patriotism and jingoism are two animals...

mianotkia

It amazes me how standing quietly in respect for a flag (of any country for that matter) is considered an imposition on anyone, athlete or not.

It is just common courtesy, yet there are so many now who want to become "offended" for any excuse.

Casady

Really T. Hey Sol, you OK? You are writing like me!

What about the Expos and the Bluejays when they are on the road? Do they still play both the US and Canadian national anthems and do both teams honor both anthems?

T. Hanson

And once again if you dislike what an athlete does during the national anthem then don't support him.

But then of course you got to love when the last line of the national anthem gets replaced with "...Home of the Chiefs". Yet no one is whining then. Is it better not to pertake in the national anthem or destory the lyrics?

Also since some of our pro-baseball players are not US citizens should we require them to pledge alegance to our flag? If the answer is yes, then Japan has a few of our players over there do they have to recite the Kimi ga Yo (anthem of Japan)?

I agree with solo (even though his coffee has not kicked in yet), it is a choice.

Marctnts

"...and one of the clauses in their contracts should that they become an American citizen within a couple of years, or the contract would be void and they would have to go back home."

So, the "right" to play professional sports should be reserved only for those who are US citizens or are on that path? I wonder if Mr. McKinney feels the same way about promising US soccer players who choose to play at the highest level in the European Premier League.

I agree with Solomon. This is a stupid letter written by someone who resents what pro athletes make.

solomon

See ms to me saluting the flag is every person s choice. loks like this writer resen ts pro ballplayers incomes.

 
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