- - Sunday, August 11, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Miami Dolphins player Kenny Stills‘ protest over the team owner hosting a private event reminds why I stopped buying NFL tickets and products (“Dolphins’ Stills says his criticism of owner isn’t political,” Web, Aug. 9). We football fans are not paying for a player’s politics; we’re paying to watch them perform on the field. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has a right to do whatever he wants, and if Mr. Stills disagrees then he should put in a request to move to another team.

I would partly support Mr. Stills‘ view if he were heavily investing in the rebuilding of our communities. If you check his taxes, though, Mr. Stills probably spends less that 1 percent of his multi-million-dollar salary on community projects. He is the latest football player to socially attack team owners and/or the president, but when you ask these players what have they done to improve their communities they get quiet. If you can’t walk it, don’t talk it.

I suggest that if Mr. Stills wants to go into politics or social justice, maybe he should choose a profession in one of those areas and let the players who understand their job descriptions have the opportunity he is wasting. He and his ilk are losing fans like me.

GREG RALEIGH

Washington



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