This Marine Takes a Knee against the NFL

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

I am reposting this commentary by former U.S. Marine, Ken Russell. I believe he speaks for millions of active duty and former members of the U.S. Military. He certainly does for me. HooRah!

By Ken Russell

I had the privilege to serve with the finest Americans, the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1979 until 1990.  These fine Americans included people you’ve never heard of like Pat Guigerre, Jeff Sharver, and Jeb Seagle, who gave their lives to provide NFL players the freedom to make an issue of themselves.

To demonstrate their feelings of concern about this horrible racist nation – at least according to their own delusions – they only need a modicum of audacity to denigrate the symbols of their freedom during a football game rather than on their own personal time.

Keep in mind that an NFL team demonstrating respect for white policemen murdered by a racist black man is…well, manifestly inappropriate and forbidden.

To amplify why NFL knee-taking is a personal insult to me, let me describe how Pat and Jeff gave their lives.  They were Cobra gunship pilots and were part of a flight of two Cobras during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada.  The pilots in the other Cobra, Tim Howard, and Jeb Seagle, were providing close air support to some Army guys pinned down by enemy Cubans.

For some taking a knee is a matter of life and death

In the process of providing air support, Tim’s and Jeb’s Cobra was shot down.  Tim and Jeb survived the crash.  Tim lost the use of his right arm and both legs.  Jeb was eventually captured, tortured, and murdered by the Cubans.

At about that time, Pat and Jeff ran out of ammo.  To draw attention and enemy fire away from Tim and Jeb so that Mel DeMars,