In response to the Sept. 15 letter, “NFL players: Upset? Get the heck out”:
We can all agree the military serves to protect the freedom of this country and its people; one of those freedoms being the freedom of speech. Therefore, the National Football League players are exercising the rights the military fight for every day. Why should the NFL keep them from doing that?
Trying to keep the players from speaking up, would seem more like the actions of a dictatorship rather than the free country that we are. The fact that you believe “There is no reason for what the players are doing” is part of the problem. These players are people of influence to the majority of the nation and have the power to raise awareness of issues that affect the nation.
That is a noble way of taking advantage of their popularity rather than using it to get money for promoting brands. If you are so offended, then I suggest you turn off your TV, but don’t demand that a whole industry “get out” for standing up for what they believe in. If you don’t like it, don’t watch.
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Gisselle Leyva, Reedley