Former Utah prep football player takes to Twitter to defend NFL players protesting during national anthem

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  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    June 15, 2018 11:48 p.m.

    Strong, persuasive, well-backed comments by Uteology.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 13, 2018 4:34 a.m.


    While there may be isolated instances of police brutality, it is a far cry from being institutional. The facts don't support such a claim.


    School of Public Health researchers finds states with a greater degree of structural racism, particularly residential segregation, have higher racial disparities in fatal police shootings of unarmed victims.

    “This research should change the conversation about the problem of police shootings. Part of the resistance to openly discussing this issue is that many people feel offended by criticism of people who are risking their lives to protect all of us.

    Our study suggests that this problem is not simply about the actions of individuals, but about the actions of all of society. Hopefully, reframing this from an individual to a societal problem will pave the way for a meaningful discussion about institutional racism.”

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 13, 2018 4:25 a.m.

    @GrainOfSalt - Draper, UT
    June 10, 2018 4:56 p.m.
    Unfortunately, this is a case of the blind leading the blind. The myth of institutional racism amongst law enforcement officers does not hold up under analysis.


    Published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, the first study to examine the relationship between structural racism and racial disparities in fatal police shootings at the state level.

    Even controlling for rates of arrest, the researchers found a strong association between the racial disparity in unarmed fatal police shootings and a range of structural racism indicators, with residential segregation showing the most pronounced association.

    “The problem of police killings of unarmed Black victims should not be viewed merely as a problem of flawed action on the part of individual police officers, but more as a consequence of the broader problem of structural racism,” says senior author Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences.

    “Unjustified homicide by police should be added to the long list of the public health consequences of societal racism.”

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 13, 2018 4:17 a.m.


    You want to protest and be civilly disobedient, go ahead. Just sharpen up what the real issues of protest are, and cite the facts, not the myths.


    According to Mapping Police Violence in 2017, most police killings occurred after law enforcement responded to non-violent offences or where no crime was reported.

    A staggering 89 people were killed after a traffic stop. The report also states, “Black people were more likely to be killed by police, more likely to be unarmed, and less likely to be threatening someone when killed.”

    The Sentencing Project shows that between 2007 and 2010, 63 percent of the people the “Boston Police Department observed, stopped, interrogated, frisked or searched without making an arrest” were black. In Boston, blacks are 24 percent of the city’s population.

    In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union reported black males receive 20 percent higher sentences than their white counterparts convicted of similar crimes.

    Even sentencing guidelines prove problematic, for instance imposing stiffer penalties on crack possession, more common in the black community, than cocaine, more prevalent amongst whites.

  • thesob Brigham City, UT
    June 12, 2018 4:29 p.m.

    The beauty of sports was that it used to unite people rather than divide us. For a few hours a week, democrats and republicans, black and white, conservative and liberal, all united cheering for the same team.
    Now that the NFL has become political, this former NFL junkie refused to watch a single game all last season. As for the kneeling cause, I flat out don’t give a hoot. They are not going to get my respect through disrespecting something I respect, namely the flag and the national anthem.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    June 12, 2018 1:59 p.m.

    @MBB - Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 5:03 p.m.

    "I am saddened that the real reason behind the protests has been ignored."

    You must be talking about Kap getting benched and throwing a little fit? Right?

  • DaveWY Afton, WY
    June 12, 2018 11:13 a.m.

    I used to enjoy watching the NFL because it was about football. I didn't watch to get a political commentary. I'm not interested in overpaid athletes disrespecting my flag or my country. I choose to ignore them by turning off my TV.

  • Harley from Hoytsville Hoytsville, UT
    June 11, 2018 8:29 p.m.

    @brave sirrobin


    "We live in the greatest country on Earth"

    We do? That's news to me and to millions of people in dozens of other countries that are independently rated better than the United States by almost every objective measure.


    We're not??? That's news to 100's of millions in our country and in countries all over the world who receive humanitarian aid in the billions from the USA. You would be hard-pressed to find a more generous country on the planet than the U.S.

    Aid given by the US far and away out paces that given by any European or Asian country etc. America gives away more in charitable contributions than the GDP of most other nations, it is approaching $400 Billion. 75% of American families give charitably every year. More than 50% volunteer time.

    The avg American gives away 3.5 times as much as the avg French citizen, 7 times as much as the avg German, 14 times as much as the avg Italian, etc and this disparity is growing because American's have been increasing in their charitable contributions.

    On top of that, we've given significantly more in lives lost due to wars in Europe, Southeast Asia, Korea, etc defending liberty.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 7:46 p.m.

    @brave sir robbin


    "We live in the greatest country on Earth"

    We do? That's news to me and to millions of people in dozens of other countries that are independently rated better than the United States by almost every objective measure.


    America's not so great, eh? Maybe that's because they're not in a P5 conference. Down with America because they're not in a P5!

    Go P5!! Go Pac12!!

  • FelisConcolor Layton, UT
    June 11, 2018 6:32 p.m.

    "It isn't the players that are demanding stadiums be subsidized by the taxpayers. That would be their billionaire owners."

    True, but I have yet to see the players speak out against the practice. Which is not surprising, because it helps put money in their pockets as well.

    In any case, most fans aren't going to make those fine distinctions. All they are going to see and hear are pampered multi-millionaire players complaining about how the country and people who made them rich are oppressive racists. You can bet the fans will remember that the next time the owner comes begging for money to the mayor or governor, and threatening to leave the city if the team doesn't get what it wants.

    The NFL leadership finally wised up and realized they were playing with fire, and decided to put a stop to it before it did some real damage to their bottom line.

  • MBB Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 5:03 p.m.

    Wow. I'd like to say I'm dumbfounded at the strong negative reaction against the protests, but I'm not. When someone only wants to see one side (usually their side) of an argument, there's not much you can do. I am saddened that the real reason behind the protests has been ignored. I'd like to think that because police are so important in our communities that we'd want to do everything we could to weed out the bad ones. Remember the incident up at the U of U hospital with the nurse? People were incensed with the way she was treated by the police officers. I don't remember too many people telling her she should have just shut up and did what they told her to do. I don't think many people put much blame on her for how she was treated. Perhaps, because most people could relate to her. Maybe we could try to relate to our minority brothers and sisters and see where they are coming from, instead of just dismissing what they are trying to say.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 11, 2018 4:58 p.m.

    @Gruncle Ralph
    "I remember several years back the Dixie Chicks were in concert in England and used their stage to disrespect the POTUS. Fans booed them off the stage and they were shocked and dismayed and lashed out at fans. Well, those fans had just as much right as the celebrities to voice their opinions. "
    Just to set the facts straight, the Dixie Chicks were not booed off stage. Most of the English fans were indifferent and or applauded. Many of their American fans did not give them much of a reception when they returned home and their popularity in the States definitely suffered. With that said, their fans, or NFL fans have the right to respond as they'd like. Doing the right thing, is not always the popular thing. I support any human beings right to peaceful protest but I may not support them with my pocketbook. The choice is yours.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    June 11, 2018 4:55 p.m.

    Sad topic, but unlikely to be resolved in the current climate.

    My beef is with the profound ignorance of the politically correct media and the players. The foundation for much of the argument asserting "police brutality" is baseless in fact.

    Worst example: I'd bet the farm that virtually all the kneeling players would cite Michael Brown and the Ferguson incident which I believe promulgated the "He was shot with his hands up!" myth and provided another strong stimulus for the Black Lives Matter group.

    After cooler heads prevailed and the Obama / Holder DOJ conducted a VERY thorough Federal investigation. This effort established that Brown--not the officer--was the aggressor and Brown was NOT shot in the back as was initially claimed. Of course the lame stream media reported this outcome "back the the classified section" of their papers.

    You want to protest and be civilly disobedient, go ahead. Just sharpen up what the real issues of protest are, and cite the facts, not the myths.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    Those who choose to make our protests about the flag or the anthem send a message of hate and ignorance to us"


    Why is it okay for players to disrespect a symbol like the flag that millions hold dear but not okay for fans to have their voice on that as well? Do players think they're above us and we should have them all on pedestals and fawn all over them because they are more famous than we are and they make more money?

    I get why fans don't like the players bringing politics into sports. It's within fan's rights to express their opinions about it just as it is within players rights to be vocal. There are always unintended consequences to choices we make in life and wanting to have your 2 minutes of fame on an issue using your job as the vehicle for that is likely going to have unintended consequences.

    I remember several years back the Dixie Chicks were in concert in England and used their stage to disrespect the POTUS. Fans booed them off the stage and they were shocked and dismayed and lashed out at fans. Well, those fans had just as much right as the celebrities to voice their opinions.

    If you want to dish it out be ready to take it.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 11, 2018 4:33 p.m.

    "When lives are what really matter to them, then they'll put their effort where they will see a meaningful return on their effort. "
    You do realize that many of these players individually have donated more money and time to charity than all the posters on the blog collectively? Collin Kapernick alone has donated over a million dollars. Many of them walk the talk which is more than most people on this comment board can say.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    June 11, 2018 4:17 p.m.

    I look at it this way. You work for the NFL. If they say you can't protest during the national anthem they have that right because you are at work. They are paying you. If you hurt their business model then why would that be okay. The NFL has not said that you can't use social media or any other media source to get your opinion out. You just can't do it at work. The think is that would be true for anyone else.

  • Cousineddy SLC, UT
    June 11, 2018 2:06 p.m.

    As humans we are prone to find the easy villian but so poorly at finding the root cause. Just like the gun debate raging in this nation, let's put the blame of a lopsided statistical racial issue on a few bad cops and over look the overwhelming evidence of intergenerational poverty, poor parenting, substance abuse, and poor personal choices as the root cause. These overpaid athletes would do more good and save far more lives if they would promote personal accountability, parenting skills, education, attendance in schools, early support sytems, and job skills then they ever will trying to find and highlight the few worthless cops within the ranks of 1000's of dedicated, professional ones. When lives are what really matter to them, then they'll put their effort where they will see a meaningful return on their effort. Until then, it's about them fostering hate and division.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 11, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    This young man starts his comments by saying--"I put a lot of thought in it..."
    This shows he's gone way beyond the limits of most who would deny those who kneel their right to quietly and strongly protest the unbelievably unjust treatment of young, black males in America.
    To them--the argument often seems to be..Flag + not stand with hand on heart--equals--UnAmerican.
    To stop, research and really think about what these players are saying when they take a knee would take courage and wisdom rarely seen in the flag-waving MAGA crowd.

  • Husker2 Apache Junction, AZ
    June 11, 2018 11:55 a.m.

    I think these players who want to protest should do a few months of ride-a-longs with the police. Let them see domestic violence up close. Let them see gang violence up close. Let them see drug addiction up close.

    Most importantly, let them see that the vast majority of police officers are really good people doing an incredibly difficult and dangerous job.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 11, 2018 11:47 a.m.

    The NFL has used the Flag and our Military as a marketing strategy to promote their brand. Patriotism sells. Now, a few players turn the tables and use those marketing tools to timely promote their social protest. Some Americans are offended and demand allegiance to the NFL's marketing strategy. If you don't like what you see turn it off and evidently a lot of you have. The players have a right to protest and be fired. Me guesses they'll continue to do the former but the owners will be hesitant to do the latter because they have a product to market. So many of you have bought into the political hogwash some politicians have sold you. This is much ado about nothing.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    June 11, 2018 11:44 a.m.

    The stastistics are sad of the overwhelming amount of blackmen incarcerated, and yes police have had their fair share in of negative incidents dealing with minorities which is inexcusable.

    There are far more people other than african americans who have been shot while unarmed by police officers as a whole the population of non african americans is far bigger and the numbers aren't even close - yes by percentage of population and per capita the african american population has a higher rate of incarceration. That said to suggest any certain minority or creed is targeted more than another is non sense, anyone who is incarcerated most likely commited a crime these statistics are a result of the culture in certain areas of low income poor educated people when drug abuse is ramptant, and lack of strong family support for young kids who rely on gangs for security and support that should be provided by parents.

    Protesting is fine but remember thousands of americans died to protect our freedom, protesting is to rely on others to force change, being proactive in those communities to effect change is more productive, disperaging the symbol of our country is never good.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    June 11, 2018 10:45 a.m.

    I agree with water rocket. They picked this particular action because it would gain instant notoriety (not support, though) from the media. Caught unaware, owners endured it for a partial season, then put their foot down. This is a pathetic attempt to try and begin making positive changes the players wish to see in society. They all have millions of dollars in salary and could easily begin a movement that would be effective and productive, but gosh, that costs some money. Don'y they believe in investing in what they feel strongly about? Apparently not; they want the cheap, free media exposure and millions of families that have members who served their country in the military to ensure their ability to be so disrespectful are just sickened by their ill-thought-out venue to stage their frustration with society. There are far better ways that would garner respect and not be divisive, but I guess protesting really isn't about solving issues, it's about free and cheap divisiveness. And then they hang on "racism" as being the entire problem. That's only part of the problem; cultural norms & lifestyle are part of it too, but no one wants to go there for solutions. Pathetic....

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    I'm listening are you? What is your solution? What do you think should be done? What do you really think is the problem? Holding up signs, Tweeting, Kneeling, and not voting are not solutions. So big fella, what are your suggestions?

    The facts do not support your position but hey that is not fun journalism.

    Are you listening to the majority of American's who have suggested you protest at a different time and place?

    I do not watch or support the NFL and I love football. Sorry.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 9:33 a.m.

    Light and Liberty "If you don't after spending 23 years in military service, I would say, 'shame on you!' "
    Clearly L&L has not served in the military. In The Oath of Allegiance, the military member swears to defend the Constitution of the United States. Not the flag, not the anthem, not the President, or even the motherland. They defend the Constitution so that you are free to say that you find kneeling disrespectful. They defend the Constitution so that people can air their grievances in public by taking a knee or raising a fist. They defend the Constitution so that owners can put on a patriotic dog and pony show for money.

    That's what is happening. Owners aren't waving the flag out of patriotism. They're waving the flag because it makes money. Player protests break the illusion, and it cost the owners money.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 11, 2018 9:15 a.m.

    I'm going to hate myself tomorrow, but dittos to JohnInSLC. Well stated.
    The players have the constitutional right to protest while in the employ of whatever football franchise. However, that simply means that the government (city, county, state, federal) cannot arrest them. It doesn't protect them from being fired by an uptight, nationalistic football franchise owner.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    Not a fan a of anthem protests (kneeling, raised fists, etc), but I respect the right of the players to do it. I would like to see the players remain in the locker room during the anthem - problem solved. I've seen many college teams do this.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 11, 2018 8:22 a.m.

    Oh by the way, I do take issue with the "protesters" characterization that cops are racist.

    There may be some, but by and large, cops are asked to do an impossible job under extreme circumstances at times. They have to make snap decisions that are always second guessed and Monday Morning quarterbacked (pun intended). And cops deal with extreme people.

    As a former cop, I didn't go out looking for minorities to harass and beat up. Never had to shoot anyone. The closest I came to shooting anyone was a white guy. I worked in a city where the crime was proportional to the ethnic make up. So were the arrests.

    If someone needed enhanced arrest procedures (more force), then it was because of their actions escalating the situation. Heck, I got hurt more times than the suspects. I got bit, kicked, punched, pushed, foot stomped, spit on, stabbed with a dirty drug needle, road rashed, foot run over with a car, hit with a bottle (empty and full) and a whole host of other stuff.

    Cops don't beat people just for no reason. I'm not saying all cops are good, there are bad ones.

    But I doubt that the situation is as dire as people think or media.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    Protest yourselves out of work. NFL continues to spiral downwards, lawsuit, brain injuries and protests. Didn’t watch one game last year and won’t again this year.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 11, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    If this kid went to Corner Canyon, then the assumption can be made that he lived in the southeast part of the valley, unless he was recruited from Hunter or Kearns.

    Even then, he still doesn't know the law.

    Employment law on speech at work is very settled. If an owner of a company/team or their governing entity wants to restrict certain forms of speech, that is their right.

    If the players want to stand outside the stadium on their own time prior to putting on the uniform, then more power to them. At work, not so much.

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    June 11, 2018 6:59 a.m.

    Sounds like some readers of the Deseret News have no idea how racist our American society still is. Haven't you ever heard the phrase "driving while black" or "living while black"? Look it up. These are not imaginary problems for black law-abiding citizens of our country. They are very real, very scary problems, and I am glad that many black athletes are calling attention to them in such a respectful way. (Kneeling is very respectful!)

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    June 11, 2018 6:47 a.m.

    Sorry I don't agree with you. If they want to protest, separate it from the national anthem and the flag. Go stand on a street corner or go on tv. But please show respect for our flag. Sometimes wisdom comes with age.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    June 11, 2018 1:26 a.m.

    They should not be punished for demonstrating in this way. It is not disrespectful, and standing during the anthem cannot reasonably be a required part of their job. Those who claim that it is are being dishonest. It is not.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2018 11:45 p.m.

    “If you don't after spending 23 years in military service, I would say, 'shame on you!' Didn't your mother teach you that you weren't the center of the universe”

    more heat than light:

    Maybe you should think twice before making such a juvenile comment. I spent a couple of years in the Army during a very unpopular war, and while I agree the kneeling demonstrations are inappropriate as to time and place, they nonetheless are sincere. Peaceful, non-violent protests, whether I agree with the cause or not, is a constitutional freedom of speech that myself and millions of other Americans over the last 2+ centuries swore to defend. Your mother should have taught you that.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    June 10, 2018 10:46 p.m.

    Why is kneeling disrespectful to the flag? I had never thought kneeling to pray was done in protest of God.
    I imagine a group of politicians saw an opportunity to convince a large number of people who love this great country that it was a protest against the flag and the country. Their ploy worked on a large population. It is too sad.
    ... the issue of free speech is also null and void here. If I made political speech during working hours, I’m pretty sure I’d get reprimanded and maybe fired, especially if I did so in front of a client. The NFL has complete rights to ban all forms of political speech of their players whenever they are in uniform or at a team or NFL sponsored event. ...still doesn’t mean kneeling was meant as a protest against the country... 2 separate issues.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    June 10, 2018 10:42 p.m.


    It isn't the players that are demanding stadiums be subsidized by the taxpayers. That would be their billionaire owners.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    June 10, 2018 10:30 p.m.

    Utah'95: I am not offended by players kneeling either. That doesn't mean I don't think they are acting like a spoiled little child that doesn't understand how much blood and sacrifice has gone into what that flag means. If you don't after spending 23 years in military service, I would say, 'shame on you!' Didn't your mother teach you that you weren't the center of the universe and that it isn't about you? Those kneeling are showing a great deal of disrespect and are absolutely making a statement, the statement being, "Look at me!" I am not getting enough attention or enough money, so I will take a shot at the one of the most valuable pieces of America that we have today and try to focus the attention on me, rather than the grand ole' flag! Well, choices have consequences and if he likes the consequences of his choice, then good for him. As for the rest of us, we can make choices too! That choice being to not watch grown men getting paid for playing a game showing disrespect for our flag! Of course, I haven't watched the NFL for 30 years, so either way it doesn't affect me much. How wonderful it is to live in a land where choices still have consequences.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    June 10, 2018 9:28 p.m.

    I am an officer in my 23rd year of military service. I, and many other servicemen, are not offended by NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. If this display helps move us toward a better understanding of racial issues, we will all benefit.

  • Curtaco Monroe, UT
    June 10, 2018 9:18 p.m.

    No Mr. Bowen your college education is failing you for saying NFL players have the right to protest during games. Labor decisions overwhelming agree that business owners have the right to tell employees what they can do on the clock. NFL players are employee's and they don't set policy. Imagine Starbucks employees who felt strongly that wearing a pin with a slogan opposing what they view as the evils of gay marraige. Can Walmart employee's wear a hat promoting the Aryan brotherhood? No they would be fired on day one, and boycotts would ensure before the last cup of coffee was poured. Could a Mcdonalds employee wear a scarf for PETA. People go to games, pay steep prices for tickets to escape the tough work week, not to listen to millionaires throw political temper tantrums. We all hate racism, but engaging in an act that alienates a large demographic of Americans who hold the flag sacred, seems amazingly counter productive. Hold a rally, conduct a parade, donate to your causes, on your own time, now as that's as American as apple pie. As a veteran I disagree with Mr. Bowen, and many NFL teams will come draft day.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 10, 2018 9:10 p.m.

    Ah youth. Carefree and clueless. Remember? It would do this young man good to visit with a Ranger unit back fresh from a firefight in the middle east or perhaps a cop after attending to a violent 911 call. Nothing like experience as your teacher. Helps you to grow up. Sorry young fella but the grown up fans support our troups and cops..not millionaire atheles. Ratings way down in the NFL...and dropping. Other news some school districts are dropping football due to head injuries...finally. Bob Costis was right about football. Its time to rethink this blood sport starting with high school.

  • FelisConcolor Layton, UT
    June 10, 2018 9:05 p.m.

    “We’re just everyday people who happen to play a sport and happen to be good at it.”

    True. Which means your opinion on the matter is no more or less valid than a mechanic's or a doctor's or a police officer's opinion.

    However, unlike mechanics or doctors or police officers, society would be able to survive just fine without watching grown men play a kid's game every Sunday. Especially if those players -- whose salaries are at least 7 times the median income of their fans -- sanctimoniously lecture Americans about how racist their country is, and then turn around and demand subsidies from the taxpayers in order to build a new stadium.

    This is a big reason why the NFL caved and prohibited anthem protests: the owners don't want people to find out that they don't really need to watch pro football.

  • Bobster , 00
    June 10, 2018 9:03 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin

    The USA is the greatest nation on earth. The Constitution, the history, the good and decent people willing to sacrifice so much for others of other nations to have what so many of us take for granted all make the USA the greatest nation on earth. Since you cite no sources, I have no idea what you are talking about. But just name me another country on the planet that has so many thousands who are trying to get in both legally and illegally. The USA is truly the land of opportunity.

    As to those who disrespect the flag and anthem while at work, I feel sorry for them. I blame the NFL owners for the problems the protesting has caused. If the NFL goes out of business it would certainly serve them right.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 10, 2018 8:27 p.m.

    Very much look foreword to the NFL going out of business.

    June 10, 2018 8:11 p.m.

    Can we get him a tissue??

    Why does the media cater to the plea of the fictitious victim? The law enforcement in the USA is arguably the best in the world. Nothing is perfect all of the time, but collectively they do a great job.

    I have a novel idea.... dont break the law, dont commit crimes, dont draw the attention of the police.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 10, 2018 7:51 p.m.


    "We live in the greatest country on Earth"

    We do? That's news to me and to millions of people in dozens of other countries that are independently rated better than the United States by almost every objective measure.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    June 10, 2018 7:31 p.m.

    There are FAR better ways to "protest" than to show disrespect for what others hold as sacred! The sheer arrogance of any one who does this is beyond belief, and surely does not deserve any support.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    June 10, 2018 7:20 p.m.

    Thanks to our law abiding good police men and women and the extraordinary work they do at the risk of life and property. Thanks to those patriotic men and women who honor our flag and the great USA. Thanks for all those who are willing to express that patriotism in a way that promotes respect and love of country and humanity.

  • Husker2 Apache Junction, AZ
    June 10, 2018 7:04 p.m.

    More NFL fans would support this cause if the players would take off football jersies and and do this on their own time.

  • murray19 Murray, UT
    June 10, 2018 6:58 p.m.

    I don’t even agree with this being an issue of free speech. They are at their job representing their owner, team and league. If they did this on their own time that would be a different story. I know that if my behavior at my job conflicts with the expected behavior of my employer I may be disciplined or out of a job. Teachers and many other professions also have to watch their behavior during their personal time because it may be viewed by students and can cause them issues.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 10, 2018 6:17 p.m.

    This is going to go South mighty quickly if professional athletes don't pull their heads out. We live in the greatest country on Earth and everyone who is willing to put forth the effort can be successful. The people who commit crimes and put themselves in a situation to be confronted by police, and then resist arrest or act in a dangerous manner, are the ones who get hurt 99.999% of the time. There are a few isolated incidents each year but, they are a very small fraction of 1% of all cases and they are almost always resolved correctly. Corrupt and abusive police officers will get what is coming to them eventually. With all the crazy people out there, I wouldn't blame any police officer for being paranoid a little when pulling someone over. Just do what the police officers tell you to do and if you think you are being harassed, get a lawyer, as much as I hate to see any of them get more money

  • fatherof7 Phelan, CA
    June 10, 2018 6:07 p.m.

    What are you going to do for a living when people stop watching NFL games because its now a stage for protest. Write an editorial! OK. Find another venue to vent your passion.

  • GrainOfSalt Draper, UT
    June 10, 2018 4:56 p.m.

    Unfortunately, this is a case of the blind leading the blind. The myth of institutional racism amongst law enforcement officers does not hold up under analysis. The Eagles' player holding up his signs, while a great media stunt, lacks substance. Larry Elders, also black, blows this myth away in several interviews and articles. He even quotes the Washington Post's own article on this topic, "But of the nearly 1,000 people killed by cops last year...the Post reported that less than 4 percent were instances of white cops shooting and killing an unarmed black man." While there may be isolated instances of police brutality, it is a far cry from being institutional. The facts don't support such a claim. But I don't think the media is interested in the less sensational truth.