- - Thursday, September 28, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The only institution in American culture that manages to meet the high bars of avarice and hypocrisy set by our political class is the NFL. After leading the charge against spousal abuse, steroid overuse and the CTE epidemic, the NFL has now moved to the forefront in the defense of free speech (unless, of course, that speech involves a player or coach questioning the terrible officiating of the league’s part-time officials). Next the organization will surely start running public service ads warning of the dangers of excessive tattooing.

President Trump, while giving the most tepid endorsement speech in memory, brilliantly pivoted midspeech into ridiculing the NFL. He called on fans to boycott the league for allowing and endorsing player disrespect of the national anthem. That is giving the NFL too much credit.

These anatomical accidents simply entertain us by playing with a ball, much like the trained seals at SeaWorld. The fans should insist that none of the players be allowed on the field until after the playing of the anthem. They are not worthy of sharing that moment with us. After that patriotic expression, those ingrates can come onto the field and amuse us with their silly game playing.

JON KETZNER

Cumberland, Md.


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