Marine Colonel Writes Letter to NFL Commissioner Denigrating National Anthem Kneel-Downs

Marine Colonel Writes Letter to NFL Commissioner Denigrating National Anthem Kneel-Downs
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick walks off the field after warm ups before an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego on Sept. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

First posted by former Republican Rep. Allen West on his website, a marine colonel wrote a personal letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explaining why he will be boycotting the NFL until the national anthem protests are stopped.

In the letter, former Marine Col. Jeffrey Powers lashes out at the athletes for "spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men," saying the NFL is equally responsible for allowing the protests to occur. 

He wrote:

"I missed the '90-'91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they're something special! They're not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this!

You'll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it's their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?

I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that's much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn't it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?

Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You're just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.

They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don't do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don't even have ice! Many don't have legs or arms.

Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.

I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel."

The initiator of the protests, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sat for the national anthem in the 49ers' first and second preseason games, but he gained national attention when he sat again in the 49ers' third preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 26.

Since then, teammates of Kaepernick and players on teams around the league have knelt or sat during the anthem. Some raised their fists.

Kaepernick has said that the protests are a result of him taking a stand for people who are being "oppressed" and advocating "equal opportunities to be successful."

 He has also said that he has great respect for those who have served in the armed forces, but he also feels that the American flag doesn't represent "what it's supposed to represent."