An Open Letter to the NFL

By Ray Starmann

Dear Players, Coaches and Owners:

Yesterday was the lowest, most vile moment in the long and glorious history of the National Football League.

In response to comments the President made concerning the complete lack of respect shown by some NFL players towards the American flag and the National Anthem, nearly 200 players from teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled and locked arms with their coaches and owners during the Star Spangled Banner in solidarity and defiance of everything from police brutality to President Trump to the imaginary canard of white nationalism to America, the greatest nation on God’s green earth.

In Chicago, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team, minus former Army Ranger and Bronze Star recipient, Alejandro Villanueva, remained in the locker room, rather than take the field and stand for the National Anthem, under orders from Coach Mike Tomlin.

Villanueva was later reprimanded for his actions by Coach Tomlin.

Are you kidding me?

During the Oakland Raiders game vs. the Washington Redskins, the Raiders sat in protest as a military honor guard carried the American flag on to the field.

Welcome to the NFL 180. Welcome to a strange, twisted world that Vince Lombardi and Walter Payton would scarcely recognize.

No doubt many of you thought your actions were cool or trendy or following in the footsteps of the airhead activist himself, Colin Kaepernick.

In actuality, your disgraceful conduct not only disrespected the American flag and your country, but through your actions, you also spit in the face of every living veteran in this nation and on the graves of every American who gave their life for the United States in wars from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

Bad move, very, very bad move…

Of course, the liberal MSM jumped on your unpatriotic bandwagon by making your actions sound like a hybrid between a Martin Luther King march and a Nobel Peace prize presentation, when, in truth, your conduct was full of immature sound and spoiled fury that signified nothing.

The NFL has had a discipline problem for a decade; both coaches and owners have turned their heads to ridiculous long hair flying from helmets, players screaming at reporters, players doing whatever they want on and off the field and players committing crimes, conduct that has become part and parcel of the National Football League.

Only an organization coming apart at the seams would condone behavior which is prohibited by your own set of rules.

On pages A62-63 of the league rulebook, it states:

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition.”

I think it’s safe to say the days of Bradshaw, Butkus, Dorsett, Ditka, Landry, Namath, Piccolo, Sayers, Shula, Tarkenton, and yes, Plimpton himself, are long gone.

Welcome to the era of the NFL Snowflake; the era of the whining, spoiled, know nothing political activist in shoulder pads and a helmet, who is a walking, talking public relations nightmare.

Welcome to the Last Days of the NFL…

Welcome to the collapse of America’s Number One Past time, courtesy of gutless owners, spineless coaches, Millennial fools in the shotgun formation and the dimwitted leftists of the MSM.

Strangely, you players, coaches and owners believe you’re some kind of modern day Gandhis in cleats. What you are, is stupid and arrogant and frankly, un-patriotic.

In a nutshell you’re playing Russian Roulette with the number one demographic group that makes up the NFL fan base: veterans and white middle class men, a large percentage who voted for Mr. Trump and view your antics yesterday as nothing short of obscene.

Who do you think watches NFL games, single women in yoga pants buying Kombucha at Whole Foods in Venice Beach?

Frankly, tonight, I would rather watch reruns of Little House on the Prairie than waste one minute watching Monday Night Football. I am confident the ratings tomorrow will reflect that I am not alone in my feelings toward the current state of the NFL.

I am also confident the antics will largely continue and that the coaches and owners won’t have the guts to take action. But, the fans will, by boycotting a sport that has literally been blown to smithereens by political correctness, politics and liberal activism gone mad.

A word of wisdom – next time you think about disrespecting our flag and country, think about the Americans who gave their lives for the freedom you have every hour of every waking day; courtesy of men and women who would give anything to be here today, watching what used to be a great sport, but which has disintegrated into an un-patriotic oblivion.

President Trump is right: ‘Get those SOB’s off the field!’

Ray Starmann

Editor in Chief, US Defense Watch

54 comments on “An Open Letter to the NFL
  1. Any one with the balls to stand in the public and show the loyality that most private citizens feel. Should and is respected at my house. Thanks Starman.

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  3. Thank you! I could not have said it better.

    In my eyes National Sports in the United States of America just committed suicide. I will never watch or go to another professional sporting event in my life.

  4. I am an Australian living in Asia. I am a sports fanatic and watch everything that I can, bikes, cars, soccer, American football, Australian football, rugby, and league along with athletics, swimming, tennis, sailing and water polo. I played first grade football, tennis, water polo and was a better than average surfer and distance runner.
    these players ARE A NATIONAL DISGRACE and would be banned in my homeland because of one simple contract clause. BRINGING THE GAME INTO DISREPUTE. DISGUSTING LEFTIES???????

  5. Starmann is right. Boycott the NFL. Fire Commissioner Roger Goodell who could have stopped this with Kaerpernick, but coward that he is, chose to remain silent.

  6. These thugs have no respect for anyone who ever served…they don’t even KNOW anyone who has ever served. When their financial house comes tumbling down and they can’t even get a job at McDonald’s because they don’t read or write…then they will regret making asses of themselves. They will turn to violence and crime and end up dead or in prison. Nice job you’ve done with your life there, Aquib.

  7. Thumbs up on your reply. NFL stands for “Not For Long !” I’ll tune in to watch the flag and the tben to Little House for the rest of the season.

  8. Most of these players are the product of the libatard brain washing higher education mill. They and that system are very sad…..

  9. Bravo! Now is the time to start fixing this deplorable situation by refusing to buy tickets, viewing on TV, listening on the radio, and turning our back on the products sold by their sponsors.
    We have plenty of other things for entertainment in the Fall and Winter. Pulling our financial support should cure this abomination in two years or less..

  10. Ray, great article.
    I, too, agree with you, in fact I wrote an article at US Defense Watch last year titled, “Boycott the NFL (http://usdefensewatch.com/2016/09/boycott-the-nfl/) where I laid out my reasons for not watching them any longer. It hurt, I really liked watching football. I have never gone back, and don’t miss them at all. A lot of patriotic Americans agree with us, and are doing the same.

    Now is the time to actively boycott those who advertise any NFL game and to follow it up with emails and letters to those who advertise, letting them know that we will no longer use their services or products, as long as they advertise on the anti-American, unpatriotic NFL.

    That is how to get change, the NFL is a for profit organization, and when they lose profit, those overpaid leftist will be forced to obey the bylaws of the NFL.

  11. Well said, Ray Starmann. I’ve watched my last NFL game.

    Roger Goodell is solely responsible for the tragic decline of the League by ‘selective enforcement’ of the Rules.

    Now let’s put the final nail in their coffin by pushing Congress to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status.

  12. Ray
    Kudos for saying what we baby boomers have been thinking. My parents taught me that, half their high school graduating class never made it home from WWII, taught me respect for being fortunate to reap the benefits of their sacrifices, to live in a land where freedom is prized above all else.
    My dad was a second lieutenant in the Marine Corp and while i would have been a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, i didn’t ever spit on a vet upon their return home; we housed returning Vets in our dorm rooms illegally and i cried like a baby when i visited the Vietnam Memorial in DC.
    I am ashamed at the arrogance and ignorance shown by the millionaire babys playing in the NFL who disrespcet the very country who provides them with a lifestyle most of middle America can only dream of enjoying.
    Colin Kapernic and his socks along with the rest of the spoiled NFL players who blindly pump their fists in the air, need to be remanded to the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetary and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials in Washington. They have obviously forgotten and forsaken why they have the freedom to live in mansions and drive Mercedes vehicles.
    As my dad would say “they all need to be taken down a notch”.
    Robert Rich
    American Patriot

  13. Not only not watching but will also boycott TV sponsors which is a big part of payments going to these over paid athletes. They have rights but their employers could set some standards….so let the whole damn bunch go broke.

    There is a reason why so many are broke within 3 years of retiring from the NFL…maybe we can help them get broker sooner

  14. thank for writing this letter, that never should have had to be written. I was so ashamed with the actions taken by the football players. One has the right to dislike Trump, but not to be disrespectful of “our” flag, and the country it represents…!!!!

  15. You have eloquently written what I and many of my colleagues feel. Bravo to you for standing up for our country and its veterans!

  16. DEAR NFL,

    I AM VERY UPSET BY THE ACTIONS OF THE PLAYERS AND TEAMS OF THE NFL AND BEING A VIETNAM VETERAN, I WILL NO LONGER WATCH ANY GAME YOU TELEVISE. I FIND IT VERY OFFENSIVE THAT YOU ALLOW YOUR MEMBERS TO DISRESPECT THIS NATION AND THEIR VETERANS. I WOULD RATHER WATCH A TEST PATTERN THAN ONE MINUTE OF A NFL GAME UNTIL YOU EITHER SUSPEND OR FIRE THE PLAYERS THAT WILL NOT STAND AND RESPECT OUR NATIONS NATIONAL ANTHEM AND FLAG.

  17. A long, long time ago if it would have been designed to take a knee when the National Anthem was played we would all be doing that now wouldn’t we?.
    But the design was to stand, and place your hat, (if you’re wearing one) and hand over your heart. Not to kneel but to STAND FOR OUR FLAG AND THOSE WHO GAVE ALL FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO BE A PART OF IT, AND A PART OF OUR COUNTRY.

  18. Agreed. We used to look forward to watching NFL games . . . .NO MORE!!! My husband served 35 years in the Navy, shot down in Viet Nam and is a highly regarded veteran. Shame on these NFL primadonans, as they have only contributed to entertaining the public. Would they ever consider taking a bullit for the rest of us? I highly doubt it. They may lose one of the diamond earrings or gold chains. Send then back to the hole they crawled out of. They do NOT love America!!!

  19. Thank you for writing this and thanks to Joe Ragonese for his article as well. As a Navy Submarine veteran and a former Police Officer I was stunned at the ignorance shown by these protesters. I doubt that any one of them could cogently explain exactly what it is that they are doing. When I was a boy ALL my uncles were in the Military and helping to defeat the Axis Powers in WWII. Patriotism was just part of everyday life as I grew up. I completely agree that the way to stop this is to boycott the games both at the stadiums and on TV. Then boycott the businesses who advertise their products during the games. I cannot see that lasting very long. Thanks again for this article and I will forward it to everyone on my e-mail list.

  20. I think the President should Re-Instate The DRAFT and send those prima donnas to the front lines – then maybe they would know the reason we stand and respect the Flag and the National Anthem…!!

  21. I agree. Sad state of affairs when so many of our sport stars fail to honor their country. Lets hope something can set this right.

  22. We love football but we will not watch any more disrespect of our flag and our country by “boys”. Men would know what a price has been paid for the right we have in America that other country’s don’t have. Grow up.

  23. I agree. Get those SOBs off the field.
    I am a former Blue Beret Elite Guard, 1962, 1963, 1964. 3902nd Combat, USAF.

  24. A great letter that better be read by all the NFL including the many thugs that are in the NFL. The NFL has turned into a haven for cowards and morons. It is not about the game anymore, it is about the money. I just hope the college game does not go bad like the NFL has.

  25. Starmann,

    Thank you for the eloquent words that so many feel and need to hear. I, as a Navy veteran, feel very strongly about our country, our flag, our freedoms, and our way of life. I get emotional just hearing the national anthem, I have heard that song all my life, in almost every state in the union, and across the oceans while on watch in distant lands. It has always bothered me to see someone handle the flag improperly or see it burned by foreigners who see it as a symbol of the ‘infidels’. I have been saddened when it has been folded by an honor guard, and the triangle folded flag is finally given to a weeping spouse or mother/father of a fallen hero.

    That flag is just a symbol, but that symbol isn’t freedom or how many wars we’ve won, or even how much blood we’ve spilled in the name of our country. No, that flag is us…not ‘U.S.’, but us as in every single United States citizen. When we disrespect the flag, we disrespect ourselves and each other. How insane is that?

    When I saw Kaepernick take a knee last year, I really thought it would be relegated to just him and wrote it off as an isolated snowflake. But now? I totally agree with you, it’s a social protest, a racial one, a protest against the President, I honestly think the players and teams don’t know…or have different reasons for this outrageous and offensive action.

    I find myself, when totally taken aback for the offensive nature, wondering what this accomplishes? Does it make life better for one race or another, does it get anything done for someone, jobs, empowerment, educational or other opportunities, again….I’m trying to understand what it accomplishes other than alienating fans, customers, and aspiring athletes.

    Below is a list of the NFL’s 25 corporate sponsors who are in ‘bed’ with the NFL. This is copied from another article, but the author did wish to have the list publicly known as we should include these companies in our counter protests. I for one, will not watch another football game. I’m disgusted.

    NFL Sponsors List 2017:

    Anheuser-Busch
    Barclaycard US
    Bose
    Bridgestone
    Campbell’s Soup Company
    Castrol
    Courtyard Marriott
    Dairy Management, Inc. (Fuel Up to Play 60)
    Dannon
    Extreme Networks
    FedEx
    Frito-Lay
    Gatorade
    Hyundai Motor America
    Mars Snackfood
    Microsoft
    Nationwide
    News America
    Papa John’s
    Pepsi
    Procter & Gamble
    Quaker
    Verizon
    Visa
    USAA

    Kind regards,
    Nik

  26. Scott
    Could not have said it better, as a retired Navy Pilot with 28 years, we lost friends who gave their lives so these soiled brats could make millions and deface America. God Bless America.

  27. I AM 88 YEARS OLD, A VETERAN, AND YOU AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ARE RIGHT ON.GET THOSE S.O.B.’S OFFTHE FIELD. SEND THEM TO AFGHANASTAN!

  28. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH THIS LETTER. WE DID NOT AND WILL NOT BE WATCHING ANY NFL GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. LOVE THAT VILLANUEVA STOOD UP FOR THE FLAG AND SHAME ON HIS COACH FOR REPRIMANDING HIM!! I USUALLY “LIVE” FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AND FOOTBALL SEASON.

    • How could he legally reprimand Villanueva when I thought it was FREE SPEECH?????? It’s a disgrace that they can’t wear other paraphernalia on them, but can kneel to our flag and country’s song??? This whole thing has been blown out of proportion all because of Colin. How’s he doing now? Who is he playing for???

  29. Most of these players got a free ride in collage
    On someone else’s nickle, now earn millions of $ salary what other country could this happen. Social injustice, take some of that salary & go into the inner cities & take on a project to help those poor children who go to bed hungry you have no idea what you are protesting You spit on every veteran who fought to protect your freedom to make those millions. Shame, shame on all you wimps, crybabies

  30. Eery Owner should follow Clark Hunt’s position,CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs when he called a meeting of all of his staff, players and coaches and told them and I quote “You are all simply paid performers on a stage and that field is my stage! You will stand, with your hand over your heart and with respect, when our Country’s National Anthem is being played or I will fire you immediately, I don’t care who you are! You can make your political statements off the field. When you are employed by me and I am signing your checks I demand you make our fans proud and not embarrass them. Please send this to all the NFL Owners!!

  31. ROGER GOODELL’S SALARY IN 2015 WAS $31.7 MILLION DOLLARS. IN 2106 IT WAS CUT MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN 2016. IF HE HAD ANY BALLS AT ALL HE’D ENFORCE THE CURRENT NFL REGULATIONS REGARDING HONORING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND THE FLAG.
    THE OWNERS OF THE TEAMS COULD SOLVE THE PROBLEMS EASILY BY TELLING THE PLAYERS “YOU ARE EMPLOYED BY ME. IF YOU DO NOT STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ON THIS TEAM REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU ARE”.

  32. Very well written and I could not agree more with every word and sentiment! The players on the NFL are disrespectful, over paid juvenile men acting like spoiled brats! They need to wise up or get off the field!

  33. I am a veteran of ‘Nam and other “police actions” that our country has been involved in, and I cried in disgust. I have two honorable discharges, one from the Navy and one from the Air Force. I am so very proud of that flag and for what it stands. Reinstate the draft and get their baby asses in front of our DI’s for a couple of months. I am very proud to have read these replies from our Patriots!!

  34. I thought what was said was accurate and to the point – unfortunately will never be seen in any newspaper around the country.
    As a Vietnam veteran, I am disgusted by what I am seeing in the NFL. People have a right to protest but have it done the right way. Disrespecting our flag and our country by taking knees or staying in the locker room shows other countries just how far we have fallen.

  35. Mr. Starmann you are mostly right. Well written. But we both know it’s all about money. No one will get fired. Star players especially as that would do even more damage to an organization and the NFL.

    Remember the major strike of MBL? Fans left in droves but we came back in droves too. 5 million people watched the Cubs parade.

    As said by Sam Clemens, we are a nation of hypocrites. And fickle too.

  36. Perfect and great timing. We should have the military be on the field in total colors and have there backs to the little boys and I mean boys.

  37. If the ratings go down, and money to TV drops off. The owners will be in deep shit. And the domino effect takes over.
    Don’t watch let the SOBS. Learn the hard way.

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