From a Maritime Veterans perspective on NFL flag protest

After analysis this letter on the protest of the U.S. Flag from reexhausted Marine Col. Jeffrey A. Powers sent out directly to the NFL’s Commissioner, I felt compelbrought about share it. Having personally offered this country for 23 years faithfully and honorably in the Navy, I discover myself torn in between love of sporting activities, and also our nation concerning social issues.

You are watching: Ret. marine col. jeffery powers wrote to the nfl commissioners the following:

With chatter among our Official America*s Team fan base on potentially boycotting or blacking out the NFL this season, I wanted to open up the discussion through all of you at OAT as we approach the 9/11 anniversary at the start of the seakid this loss.

Although this letter was initially created last year, it still is an emotional topic of conversation as we see even more players protesting in 2017, and the volume turning up on it. This week Jon Machota composed an short article on how both Jerry Jones, and also Jaboy Garrett felt around the national anthem proexperimentation by league players.

How would Garrett react if a Cowboys player made a decision not to stand for the anthem?

“I don’t desire to gain into hypotheticals, we just emphasis on our football team. I know it’s a good possibility for our team prior to a game to sit tbelow and also reflect on the great methods that we need to perform what we perform in the biggest country in the human being.”

What are Jerry Jones’ thoughts on the matter?

“I got to offer a huge pat on the earlier to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire company. We strongly, strongly assistance the flag. In every way, we assistance — it’s nearly ridiculous to be saying it — the human being that for generations and generations have actually provided it all up so we can gain out here and also show off in front of numerous people on television. We respect that so a lot. That’s the actual business. “

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Marine shares his thoughts with NFL Commissioner straight in letter

Commissioner,

I’ve been a seachild pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and also Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 seaboy because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the Amerihave the right to Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation via one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about exactly how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many type of friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers that worked with or for me through the years returned house via the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes that never did anypoint in their stays but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the encounters and also on the tombs of real men, males who have actually done somepoint for this nation next to playing through a ball and believing they’re somepoint special! They’re not! My Marines and also Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and little infractions but you lack the moral courage and also respect for our nation and also the fallen to put an prompt sheight to this. Yes, I recognize, it’s their 1st Amendment ideal to behave in such a despicable manner.

What would occur if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?

I observed a player acquiring an individual foul for twerking in the finish zone after scoring. I guess that’s a lot worse than disrespecting the flag and also our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his first Amendment best to express himself choose an idiot in the finish zone?

Why is taunting not enabled yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you permit scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived via their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!

You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re simply as negative and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any kind of sponsor that supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they rotate off the TV once any team that enabled this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and bring rifles.

They make minimum wage and also spend months and also years ameans from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They execute it 24/7 frequently via lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to obtain their knee iced. They don’t also have actually ice! Many kind of don’t have actually legs or arms.

Some wear blue and risk their stays daily on the roads of America. They wear fire helmets and also go upstairs right into the fire fairly than down to safety and security. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high phelp proexperimentation pretty boys and you look in that mirror as soon as you shave tomorrow and check out what you really are, legends in your very own minds. You should hit the road and also take those worms via you!

Time to change the channel.

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Wright here the letter was initially posted last year below. 

After analysis this as a fan of the the majority of recognizable sports franchise in the world, America*s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, just how does this letter make you feel OAT?

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