I encourage everyone not to watch all the NFL games during the weekend of Nov.11-12 this year. That weekend should be used to honor all veterans, not disrespect them by protesting during the national anthem.

First, some background:

I am an Army veteran, served in 1972-73, two of my first cousins served in Vietnam, my father served with the 164th in World War II in the Pacific, my grandfather served in World War I in Europe, and many of my uncles, etc., also served in the military.

Second, some facts about the NFL:

The average player salary is $2.4 million plus endorsements. The average tax subsidy to build new stadiums for billionaire team owners the past 15 years is $266 million.

Several of these rich players and owners claim the protests are because of President Donald Trump's remarks that players should be fired for not standing during the national anthem. Most patriotic Americans like me agree with Trump that the players should protest at a different time and place.

In summary, I believe in God, family and country. Kneel for God, take care of your family and stand for your country.

John Griffin, Bismarck

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