Letter to the editor: NFL boycotts useless
Regarding “Steelers game boycott gets support at local veterans clubs” : While I understand what the clubs are trying to do, it will have little to no effect on the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell make in excess of $30 million per year. Does anyone honestly think a boycott, regardless of how many people participate, is going to influence players who make millions of dollars per game?
Unless the boycott directly affects the 68,400 butts in seats, thus cutting profitability and ultimately trickling down to the team and owners, these boycotts will have no effect. Let’s not forget, 32 teams need to feel the economic squeeze.
As a retired command sergeant major with multiple combat tours of duty, I wish I could stomp a boot up these players’ fifth points of contact because I believe what they are doing is reprehensible. However, I will defend their right to speak with my life because I did solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
A simpler solution: Leave the teams in the locker rooms during the anthem. Don’t give them a flag on which to stand and belittle the symbol for which so many have fought and died.
Kelly C. Luster
The writer is a Derry native.