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Thomas J Donegan
Thomas J Donegan
Born January 22, 1958 Graduated 1976 Lawrence County Vo-Tech U.S.Navy, 11/76 - 10/82 Cryptologic Technician M-branch Graduated 1989 Slippery Rock University B.S. Mathematics, minors: Philosophy, History U.S. Government 1990 -2001 Various private sector Electrical/Electronics jobs 2001- present
 

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A Possible Solution for the NFL Woes

Oct. 20, 2017 12:48 pm
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The kneeling protest demonstrations which NFL players feel compelled to perform seem to be harming the product which the NFL markets. At some point - if the protests continue, and more and more NFL fans become former fans – the NFL, as a business, will have to put-its-foot-down and make honoring the American flag and National Anthem a condition of employment. One would think – if the cause for which players protest is sincerely heartfelt protest against social injustice suffered by minorities at the hands of various law-enforcement agencies – that these deep-pocketed individuals could pool their resources and buy air-time to bring before the public a continuous array of the many injustices – that these players, coaches and league officials possess knowledge - which is suffered each year at the hands of law-enforcement. Now if these ads may be aired before, during and after football games, then the players could accomplish their goal, without offending millions of Americans by showing disrespect for the National Anthem, and the Flag of the United States. Of course, those that participate in these demonstrations claim they do not disrespect the flag or anthem, but to utilize anything for a purpose other than its intended purpose is the definition of disrespect.

Another suggestion which may address some of the players concerns - regarding treatment of minorities by law-enforcement – would have players utilize their free time, off-season, as members of law-enforcement (ala Shaquille O’Neil); what better way to ensure officers of the law respect the rights of minority citizens than to place one’s life on the line? It may be the case that once Colin Kaepernick signs a contract with his local police department, an NFL team may again find an interest in him… In any case joining law-enforcement agencies would be great PR for the NFL… Yes, it would place the NFL’s talent at risk, but it would also allow these players to put their asses where their mouths are; if they think such activities too risky to life-and-limb, maybe they ought to reconsider their broad-brush views of law-enforcement?

Thomas J. Donegan

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