I was drafted into the Army out of Rhode Island in the summer of 1967. My family had moved to San Francisco, so after my discharge in 1970, there I went. I became a 49ers fan following the arrival of Bill Walsh and Joe Montana, and I have followed the team closely ever since.
Nike took a wrong turn with this Colin Kaepernick business. Kaepernick never protested when he was the starting quarterback. The first game after being informed he was “benched” he just sat on the bench and pouted. He sat for the next game also. When questioned he said he was protesting. But he took so much heat from veterans that he was advised to kneel so it would look more like a real protest. Then others joined him and the controversy began.
So the protest didn’t begin with him “kneeling.” It began with him sitting and pouting.
Wouldn’t it have behooved one of our esteemed national journalists to ask him why he never protested when he was the starter?
The Nike ad says, “Believe in something even though you have to sacrifice everything.” What has he sacrificed? He is healthy, a millionaire, and could have played for two different teams. The whole country was duped!
Visit any war memorial, or Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It would be nice to see a photo of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under the caption: “Who really sacrificed everything?"
Philip J. Feiner Jr.
American Canyon, Calif.