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Published: Friday, Nov. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This letter is correct in its observation about NBA players. For the most part, they are unpatriotic members of a decidedly left-wing organization.

Not only do most NBA players refuse to place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem, they act like the Anthem is not even playing at all. They simply begin their show-boating during the Anthem, rather than waiting for the game.

The genesis of this disrespect began hwhen the NBA abandoned its dress and grooming code. Now that most NBA players have long hair and t are covered in tatoos, there is a complete lack of discipline and decorum. If the Jazz organization truly wants to be a leader in showing patriotism, it must re-establish the dress and grooming code.

salt lake city, utah

NBA left wing organization..long hair causes lack of patriotism..good to have you back Charity!

Burke, VA

Putting your hand on your heart does not automatically make you any more or any less patriotic than wearing one of those lapel pins with the American flag. It is simply an outward gesture that most use to show their allegiance but some use for political correctness. What shows patriotism is what is in a persons heart and ultimately in their actions. Those left wing millionaires, as John Charity Spring apparently thinks they are, often give back their time and talents to the less fortunate in their communities. Most of them have come from that same community and now want to share their good fortune in the American experiment.

The author fails to note that many of the players in the NBA are from foreign countries and might not want to show allegiance to another country, even though they may have have their fortune in this country. I am glad the author has found a reason to be proud of Jazz players but it wouldn't be too hard to find plenty of other reasons.

one old man
Ogden, UT

So now the Utah Jazz is a left-wing organization.

Good grief. Living with paranoia must be such fun!

Sandy, UT

I do not put my hand over my heart during the national anthem and I never considered it unpatriotic.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Then you truly aren't a Jazz fan.

I don't care whether they put their hand over their heart.

I want Ws. I want entertainment. I want good basketball. I want championships.

I don't care what Big Al does in the pregame, he's still a soft big who shoots it every time he gets it.

I don't care what Favors does in the pregame, he needs more PT!!!

Free Burks!!!


Good grief Sandy. This is a hot topic for you? Do you or your spouse play the national anthem (& place your hand over your hearts) every day that you go to work? If not why? You're lucky enough to live in a country that you can have a job that affords you your lifestyle. What if you worked for Sony or Mercedes Benz & they played their anthem before work? Would you place your hand over your heart. With all the real issues we have in our State. & country, I would think you could find a topic more worthy of your concern.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

The NBA is a very successful multi-national corporation. Left-wing? Only when Tayshaun Prince shoots a J.

Salt Lake City, UT

Using the logic of this letter, Mitt wore a bigger flag pin than did the President and look what it got him...pumping gas in La Jolla with uncombed hair, a two day old shirt and levis. The Jazz should play ball and leave the pseudo patriotism to the zealots. I rest my case!

Salt Lake City, UT

Respect comes with removing your hat and standing silent during the anthem. As former military, I stand at parade rest, not with my hand over my heart. Many in the NBA have been self centered narcissists since junior high and think the country owes them a living. Their actions bother me about as much as animals in the zoo.

Powell, OH

Keep making your public display of patriotism as Utah still has one of the lowest enlistment rates in the Armed Forces in the US. Talk the talk but let others do the real work.


The letter-writer is right. Standing silently and placing a hand over the heart is a very simple demonstration of consideration for the country and to those who have deep respect for it. That selfish athletes can't stuff their own apathy for a couple of minutes, and that so-called fans rationalize and justify them, is just another sign of degraded decorum in our society. And as they justify everyone's right to constant selfishness, they'll wonder why children are vulgar and disrespectful, and have no sense of respect or reverence for anything.

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