December 11, 2017
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Letter To The Editor: Ravens, Our Pride Has Turned To Shame

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To the entire Baltimore Ravens football team: While the world watched, you disgraced and embarrassed our country and city. You disrespected the American flag and national anthem. And then you brazenly stood in respect for the British anthem. Have you forgotten that Britain was the country your ancestors fought to gain our country's independence? Have you forgotten that it was in the city of Baltimore that Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem during the War of 1812 with Britain? Your confused NFL leaders had the audacity to blame your divisive and unpatriotic protests on our president! Absurd! He rightfully demanded you cease your blatant show of disrespect for our great country. In years past, your actions and words would have been labeled treason and you would have suffered severe punishment as a traitor. Do you really think expressing solidarity with your ever-changing team members is more important than showing respect for your country and for those who have fought, suffered and died so you could make millions playing a game? Remember, when you are in uniform in the stadium, you are “on the job” in your workplace. The rest of us would be disciplined or fired for creating a hostile work environment if we dared to “protest” on company time! The media is downplaying the extent of the anger, disgust and betrayal felt by your disappointed fans. They are now booing you, boycotting your games and burning your gear. They pay dearly to watch you play a game — not to watch you disrespect them and their country. Their time is not your time to express your personal political agenda.

Chris Sly
Pasadena

 

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Posted 12/31/1969 07:00 PM

Sick of coming home after a full week of politics in the Baltimore/DC area only to see kneelers at a sport event I thought free of politics. They all make a ton of money that I do not insulting what I and many, many friends protect, the American flag. Sports must not have political stands otherwise they will be finished. I did not watch the ravens nor will my wife and family watch any sports or spend money in them. Instead we spend our money in American values and not victim hood.

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