Letters to the Sports Editor


This is about business, not racism, in NFL

Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11

Cedric Golden insinuates Colin Kaepernick is being treated differently because he is black and is being punished by white owners. Ridiculous!

If owners were racist, as he insinuates, we would not have 85-plus percent of NFL players who are black. Kaepernick overplayed his hand and insulted those of us who love our country by not standing for the national anthem. I personally would feel the same way if a white, overpaid, privileged celebrity had done the same.

The owners correctly know that hiring him would immediately impact their bottom line. It’s business, not racist!

MIKE BARKER, Spicewood

The easy solution: Cut the song and the flag

Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11

Perhaps what is needed to make Colin Kaepernick and others happy is to do away with our national anthem along with our beautiful American flag! Lastly, what would make this long-time Statesman subscriber happy is for the University of Texas football team to recruit Hispanic-American players!

MOSES P. SALDANA, Austin

What you do at your work place does matter

Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11

I defend Colin Kaepernick’s right to free speech. Free speech does come with consequences when you’re in the work place.

Kaepernick made a political statement at his “work place.” Put the responsibility for his actions back where they belong — and that is on himself. You decide to run your mouth on the job, don’t act surprised when your employer takes action. If you are surprised, you’re a fool.

Quoting comments in the article by Richard Sherman (Seattle Seahawks), “It’s not about football or color, it’s about ‘boy, stay in your place.’ I agree with Mr. Sherman’s comments. Colin was way out of place to do what he did on his employer’s time and is now reaping what he has sown. My advice to Colin is that if you want to make political statements or acts, do it on your own time and maybe you can keep your next job.

BILL MOORE, Georgetown

Poor Colin, having to live with consequences

Re: “Kaepernick’s situation lacks good answer,” Aug. 11

Cedric Golden’s article on Colin Kaepernick was interesting. As to Kaepernick, I say Boo! Hoo!

He chose to disrespect our nation in front of millions of fans and I hope that no team will ever hire him. He made his bed and now he’s sleeping in it.

JIM KILPATRICK, Austin



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