Letters to the Editor

Play, don’t protest

As an Air Force veteran during Vietnam, I was speechless that a well-paid professional athlete would disrespect America during the National Anthem and of those current and retired military personnel who served and sacrificed their lives so that we live in peace.

I have two suggestions for teams’ management and head coaches: Players who want to protest our flag and national anthem should not be allowed on the field until all player introductions and the National Anthem are over; a clause must be inserted in all contracts that states says that no form of political statements will be allowed. Athletes are there to play and not to use venue for political purposes.

It’s one thing for a player to be booed. It’s another for an entire team to be booed. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

Steve Fortgang, Hollywood