Recent articles in newspapers and TV regarding football player Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the playing of the National Anthem has disturbed many people, and I am one of them.

The NFL had previously instituted a policy that said players could remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem, but if they were on the field, they would have to stand.

Many people were outraged including Stephen Martin, an owner of a sports store in Colorado who sold Nike tennis shoes. He decided to discontinue selling Nike tennis shoes and related Nike apparel in protest when Nike threw its support behind Kaepernick ahead of the 2018 NFL season. Martin is in the process of closing his store.

Colin Kaepernick has reached a deal with the NFL to settle his collusion allegations for a confidential amount of money. I would love to see him stand before all the veterans who have given their all for love of country and the freedom that Kaepernick now enjoys. They did not get paid to protest, but to serve our country and for the freedom that our flag stands for.

He was rewarded with money for showing no respect to our veterans or our flag. His second stand would also be very difficult. It is found in the Bible in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 7, verse 8 and 9: “I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. I will not look on you with pity or spare you. I will repay you in accordance with your conduct and the detestable practices among you. Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes the blows.”

Some forms of evil that money produces reminds us of how much freedom costs.

Wayne Whetzel, Edinburg