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Play ball, not politics – Lowell Sun Online

Now that football season is just around the corner, we hear that more athletes plan to kneel during our national anthem.

What next? Are we going to witness players on the sidelines carrying signs protesting whatever offends them?

Maybe players giving political speeches during halftime might not be that far off. Once started where would this type of protest end? Ask yourself this one question: Would this type of behavior enhance or detract from the game?

Fans come to the game to see football and to get away from politics. Athletes should well note that if not for the fans they would be seeking employment elsewhere. Seeing players airing their grievances because they have a national audience is the wrong thing at the wrong place at the wrong time.

There are other venues where athletes can make their protests and beliefs known. The field of athletic competition is not one of them. Players are paid a great deal for their athletic abilities not for what they perceive is unjust or unfair in our society.

As the game continues to become more violent each year with mounting injuries, which can have serious medical consequences in later life, some fans are losing interest in the sport.

At the same time, behavior by a few players continues to spiral downward both on and off the field. These actions are not only reckless but in some cases criminal and do nothing to promote the game. Adding political commentary can only worsen the situation.

Yet the National Football League sees only dollar signs and continues to ignore most issues and impose only mild penalties for unacceptable behavior unless, of course, it’s the issue of a slightly deflated football.

RAY BALBONI

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