An Open Message To All Sports Players Especially Those Who Side With BLM Or Other Radical Groups

Conservative Tribune posted “Cop Who Shot Young Minority Male Sends Kaepernick Item He’ll Never Forget” and within it is a wonderful message from an officer critically wounded in the past year by a young thug who happened in this instant to be Black. It sums up the view of all military and enforcement I think pretty darn well. I hope every sports player professional or amateur reads it. More than that everyone who thinks violence is the answer to internal strife in the US needs to think carefully about what they are siding with and what message they are advocating when they are in those groups.

You can read the post HERE.

Retired police officer Chris Amos, a father of three, had the spotlight shone on him while he was still in uniform.  Amos shot and killed a young minority male and was given paid leave.

He is exactly the type of police officer that Kaepernick spoke about when he said, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

However, Amos decided to show Kaepernick something that the NFL player didn’t know: that they were more alike than he realized.”

The open letter addressed to Kaepernick that Amos posted on Facebook was absolutely spectacular. See the full letter below:

An Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick,

Dear Colin   guess you have been pretty busy these last few days. For the record I don’t think any more or less of you for not standing for the national anthem. Honestly, I never thought that much about you, or any professional athlete for that matter, to begin with. I’ve read your statement a few times and want you to know I am one of the reasons you are protesting.  You see I am a retired police officer that had the misfortune of having to shoot and kill a 19-year-old African-American male.  And just like you said, I was the recipient of about $3,000 a month while on leave, which was a good thing because I had to support a wife and three children under 7 years old for about 2 months with that money. Things were pretty tight because I couldn’t work part-time. Every police officer I’ve ever known has worked part-time to help make ends meet.

You know, Colin, the more I think about it, the more we seem to have in common. I really pushed myself in rehab to get back on the street, kind of like you do to get back on the field. You probably have had a broken bone or two and some muscle strains and deep bruising that needed a lot of work. I just had to bounce back from a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh. Good thing we both get paid when we are too banged up to “play,” huh? We both also know what it’s like to get blindsided. You by a 280-pound defensive end, ouch! Me, by a couple of rounds fired from a gun about 2 feet away into my chest and thigh. We also both make our living wearing uniforms, right? You have probably ruined a jersey or two on the field of play. I still have my blood-stained shirt that my partner and paramedics literally ripped off my back that cold night in January. Fortunately, like you I was given a new one. Speaking of paramedics aren’t you glad the second we get hurt trainers and doctors are standing by waiting to rush onto the field to scoop us up. I’m thankful they get to you in seconds. It only took them about 10 minutes to get to me. By the grace of God, the artery in my thigh didn’t rupture or else 10 minutes would have been about 9 minutes too late. We also have both experienced the hate and disgust others have just because of those uniforms we wear. I sure am glad for your sake that the folks who wear my uniform are on hand to escort you and those folks that wear your uniform into stadiums in places like Seattle!

I guess that’s where the similarities end, Colin. You entertain for a living, I and almost 800,000 others across this country serve and protect. Are there some bad apples within my profession? Absolutely, and they need to be identified and fired or arrested! But you know what, the vast majority do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason. Did I mention that seconds before I was shot, an elderly African-American gentleman walking down the sidewalk, turned to my partner and I as we rode past and said, “Get them.” Get who, you ask? The thugs terrorizing an otherwise good and decent neighborhood, home to dozens of good, decent African-American families trying to raise those families in communities not protected by gates and security guards. No these folks and families depend on America’s law enforcement officers.

Colin, I have buried 7 friends killed in the line of duty and three others who have committed suicide. I have attended more funerals than I care to remember of neighboring departments who have lost officers in the line of duty, during my career. Law enforcement officers with different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences united by their willingness to answer the call to protect and serve their fellow citizens.

Colin, I am sorry for the endorsement deals you may lose and the dip in jersey sales, but please know you will NEVER lose what these men and women and their families have lost. And so whether you stand or sit during the national anthem means very little to me. As for me and the men and women on whose team I was privileged to serve, we will put on our ballistic vests, badge and gun, kiss our loved ones goodbye, for some tragically for the last time, and out into a shift of uncertainty we will go. We will continue to protect and continue to serve and we will be standing at attention, Colin, not just for the playing of our national anthem, but far more importantly for the playing of Taps.

V/R (very respectfully),

Chris Amos

 

Many thanks to Conservative Tribune for finding and posting this letter.  Yes you are correct.  

It does need to be posted far and wide.

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Those of you in all sports but in particular football and basketball must remember that part of the reason you receive such a fantastic salary is the public persona you present to all generations.

YOU are part of the minutes in time when heavily burdened men and women can escape to a world far away from their present circumstances.
YOU are the light shining bright for the young who one day hope (just as you did) to make it into professional sports and out of poverty.
YOU are the guiding light in communities where just your presence brings a bright moment to some individual.
YOU are a singular pinpoint moment in the pain of disease that can lift a child up and brighten their world.
YOU are the one that is heralded as heroes on a battlefield where no guns,bomb blasts or horrors of fear can touch souls for the time you spend in the limelight.
YOU are the ones that are role models for future generations.

It is a burden and a privilege which comes with fame and fortune but one from which you receive great reward.

 

 

For those athletes who wish to side with a paid group of insurgents, rabble rousers who refuse to constructively help within communities  and would rather rant, like fools, march and riot, commit murder for hire, stomp on the national flag than lend a helping hand–Go Ahead. You live in a land where that flag flies freely over, providing all under its shadow freedoms far beyond most of the world’s inhabitants. 

Very few if any of American athletes are straight off the boat or purely one race or another.  Many have themselves struggled to reach their level of success. Most started out young worshipping some athletic hero. Yet your choice of political view is protected.  Your right to protest deemed acceptable. Go Ahead and disrespect our flag and country as none of you from the worst of life in our inner cities have any idea what real hate, strife, hunger, or bias is since you have little to compare it to thanks to that flag and the lives who kept it flying.

GO AHEAD and disrespect our nation and flag but look carefully around you….

What child have you helped? What positive thing have you done that benefits your adoring fans not your pocketbook? What future star have you impacted?

YOU explain to THEM how disrespecting our flag is okay.  How disrespecting the reason we salute and stand is acceptable.  How the lives crushed by disrespect of our country as we see in burned out houses and stores is better than facing an issue in a collaborative way.  How values like good citizenship, law, order, and responsibility are no longer the right way to be as an individual or member of a team.

YOU show them how honoring fear, rioting and murder to achieve a better world is the right way to achieve a goal.

YOU show them how a stone cold “principal” of money in exchange for fear and chaos outweighs respect, honor and sense of community.

LOOK THEM IN THE EYES when you do sit rather than stand; or, when you refuse to place your hand over your heart or salute our flag.

And remember who YOU are and how YOU got to that chair.

In the tapestry of life, you mean little but a blip of color that only briefly shines in the limelight.   Yet your legacy lives in the minds of future generations, what and how will you be remembered?   BTW this is not only just about athletes but those they are attempting to stand up for.

–Uriel–

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21 Responses to An Open Message To All Sports Players Especially Those Who Side With BLM Or Other Radical Groups

  1. vonMesser says:

    If they can’t salute the US flag, tell me what flag they can salute. Tell me what that other flag has done for them (or anyone else) that is superior. Ours (we) may not be perfect – the last perfect person got nailed to a tree outside Jerusalem about 33AD – but we’re better than anything else around.

  2. Hardnox says:

    The problem is the lefty school system and the courts that have allowed the indoctrination. 30 years ago none of this would have been even thinkable.

    The USA is the greatest nation on the planet in the history of the world yet no one teaches it.

  3. gunnyginalaska says:

    I stopped watching professional sports when they started whining about needing more money to play a GAME when my father was working two jobs! Quite frankly, anyone watching these “bread and circus” episodes needs to get a head check.

    • I.R. Wayright says:

      Exactly. I wish I didn’t have to pay for all the sports channels on my TV cable bill. I never watch any games that involve chasing, hitting, carrying, or throwing a damned ball around. None of those skills will matter much WTSHTF.

  4. upaces88 says:

    There was an article several, several days ago that a group was talking about moving back to Africa! GO FOR IT!!

    He is in a country where he has a GREAT $ as a sports player; more than likely he is revered by Black Children and others….then he does what?!

    • Uriel says:

      Exactly UpAce. Those siding with BLM like this guy are not even more than half Black. But hey if they choose to move back in search of their roots more power too them. I would be happy to carry those trophies and crap to the plane. I would tell the pilot not to allow them to return. From what I have read though admittedly biased and few, African nations do not like American Blacks.

    • Uriel says:

      I’m with you Gunny. When it became a financial endeavor rather than love of sport everything changed.

  5. upaces88 says:

    I won’t tell you how old I am…maybe(?) someone on here is my age and will remember this.

    From the first grade all the way to High School, every morning we walked into the classroom…we all stood up with our right hand over our hearts “Pledging to the Flag of the United States of America.”

    Then we’d sit back down at our desks, bow our heads to listen to a Devotional of a specific verse in the Bible all over the PA (speakers that went all over the school).

    Those two things ARE what is important to America.
    Then some Atheist took the “Bible Reading” in classes to court. She won…we lost.
    I think her name was Madelyn O’Hare. Maybe someone on here remembers if that is her correct name.

    • Uriel says:

      I too remember and yes that was her name. If memory serves her son reversed her teaching and lamented her attitude

    • Uriel says:

      Actually up until his retirement in 1990, the principal of my school continued the practice. He was a wonderful Black man who remained a leader until his death in 1995 I think. In all that time he believed and lived faith, honor and country in that order. After his retirement a Black liberal took over. While given honors during the time I knew her, nothing was ever the same including her using funds and the disrespectful child attitudes.

    • vonMesser says:

      Madalyn Murray O’Hair was her name. She also used more than a dozen pseudonyms. Her son called her evil and the spouse of the devil. She was murdered by an employee of her Atheist Association.

    • Just Gene says:

      88,
      I may be older than you because I remember doing it differently until WWII – think of how the Romans said, “Hail Caesar” with their right arm extended toward the sky – when I was young that’s how the flag was saluted – then that method was used by the Nazi’s and we switched to covering our heart.
      luvya

      • Uriel says:

        That’s an interesting tidbit JustGene cause I am 20 years younger and never knew that. There is always something to learn from older generations!

  6. Just Gene says:

    When we lived in AZ, people put a bumper sticker on their cars in March for the “SNOW BIRDS” – thanks for your money, now go home – anyone who refuses to pledge allegiance to this country should have a 30 days GPS on there ankle, then be told – thanks for your money, now go home