Marine Colonel Rips The NFL Apart In Letter About Players Sitting For National AnthemSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick warms up (Daniel Hartwig)
A Marine Colonel took a stance against the NFL and wrote a personal letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell saying that he will be boycotting the NFL until they put a stop to all of those athletes that are sitting for the national anthem.
In the letter, Former Marine Colonel Jeffrey Powers says that the NFL is equally responsible for allowing these players to sit for the national anthem which he equates to “spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men.”
The letter, which was posted on former Republican Rep. Allen West’s website, focuses on the point that NFL players take part in several small infractions, such as dancing and taunting in the endzone and get major fines for it, but when a player protests the national anthem, there is no punishment whatsoever.
“I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm,” the letter read. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.”
He added that there were several more of his friends and fellow military service members that returned home in a coffin with an American flag draped over it.
“Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!”
“You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly? I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring.”
Powers said that these infractions are much less disrespectful than protesting the national anthem and the American flag.
He added that he hopes that the NFL is boycotted by the American people because the NFL is just as responsible as the players taking part in the protest of the national anthem.
“Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not,” the letter reads.
“Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads,” the letter reads. “They wear body armor and carry rifles.”
“They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.”
“Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.”
“I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!”
“Time to change the channel.”