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Letter: NFL players can protest on their own time, not when fans pay for a game
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Miami Dolphins fans spell out “Stand” for the national anthem during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Jim Rassol/South Florida Sun-Sentinel) - photo by Associated Press

My message to the NFL Commissioner, team owners, coaches, players, cheerleaders and anyone else that is on the field for a football game: The hardworking fans have finally saved up enough to buy tickets, transportation and a few snacks for a fun family outing to a football game. They have come to see the players PLAY not protest.

The players are paid to run up and down the field to play with a ball, hit or tackle a member of the opposing team and see who can score the most points. For this action, they get paid millions of dollars while the hardworking fan in the stands can only dream of one day paying off his house and sending his kids to college.

There is a very simple solution to this whole mess. Only after the anthem, when fans can show their respect for their flag, country, anthem and veterans, will players and the rest be allowed to walk — not run or use gestures but walk  — to their positions and play as they are paid to do. If they want to protest or support a particular cause, make them do it on their own time and dime.

The fans have paid to see you perform, so stay out of sight until time to do so. Folks don’t care to see your ungrateful actions. Go into your communities, help the homeless and feed the hungry, but do it at a time when the fans have not paid to watch a football game.

Melinda H. Gravitt

Gainesville

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