The NFL’s anti-American protests during the national anthem have divided the country.
While the left was quick to embrace the so-called “cause,” many football fans felt the protests were asking Americans to choose between the sport and their country.
That’s what makes this open letter to the NFL penned by Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, so powerful.
“Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport,” Kyle wrote.
While the NFL accused Trump of being divisive for suggesting the league should require players to stand for the anthem or face repercussions – including firing – many football fans feel it’s the NFL’s actions that are dividing Americans.
Football was really a metaphor for our ideal world –different backgrounds, talents, political beliefs and histories as one big team with one big goal – to do well, to win, TOGETHER.
You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division. Will we stand with you? Will we stand with our flag? What does it mean? What does it mean if we buy a ticket or NFL gear? What does it mean if we don’t? It is the polar opposite of the easy togetherness we once loved in football.
It was simple – we loved you and you loved us – with all of our races, religions, different backgrounds and politics. Simplicity in a crazy world was pretty awesome.
You dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.
Read her letter in full below.
By protesting during the national anthem, the NFL is forcing fans to choose – between their favorite team and the country they love.
Many Americans are making it clear they’ll choose their country every time.
DirectTV recently told the Wall Street Journal they were providing refunds for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers who site the anthem protests as the reason for their cancellation.
Where does this end? The protests during the anthem can’t continue unabated.
Otherwise, many viewers will choose to change the channel rather than support a league that doesn’t support America.
Be sure to vote in our poll: Should pro football fans boycott the NFL until these anti-American “protests” stop?
Then, let us know in the comments if you’ll be watching on Sunday!