I continue to be amazed at the number of people who write letters in support of professional football players who dishonor our country by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. These people are concerned that we are violating the player's right of free speech. In actual fact, no one's right of free speech would be violated by not allowing them to kneel.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky. Schnatter, who appears on the chain’s commercials and pizza boxes, will leave the CEO role in January 2018, weeks after he publicly criticized NFL leadership for the ongoing national anthem protests by football players. He will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1. Schnatter, who is the company’s biggest shareholder, will stay on as chairman. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

They can go outside of the stadium in public places and kneel all day long. They can kneel on the sidewalks, they can kneel in the parks, they can even kneel in the bathroom at the court house. However, when they are wearing a company's required uniform and are at their job, the company can require certain standards. How long do you think you would last at a company if you turned your back on your boss and knelt on the floor during company meetings? Firing you would not be a violation of your free speech. You could go outside of the company's offices and kneel on the public sidewalk as long as you wanted to. Please stop confusing "free speech" with obnoxious behavior.

Letters: Let NFL players express their views

Michael DeFelice

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