National Voice

THE PLAYERS GETTING PLAYED
By Lt. Randy Sutton (Ret)

NFL players and other sports figures have taken a stand, well actually a knee, as a symbolic statement disrespecting the flag of the United States and the National Anthem. This has escalated to a point where the President of the United States has dramatically weighed in, and Americans across the country are voicing their opinions vocally and emotionally on social media, around water coolers, and the kitchen table, and even going so far as burning team jerseys, hats and jackets. Interestingly and rather poignantly I must say, one player on the Pittsburgh Steelers had the guts to break away from the pack and while the rest of the team hid in the locker room while the National Anthem played, he appeared in front of everyone with his hand over his heart. Alejandro Villanueva showed his courage by standing alone against what must have been enormous peer pressure. But, courage comes second nature to this West Point graduate. He served his country as an Army Ranger and was deployed to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star with V for combat Valor. And while sales and ratings of the NFL plummet, the American people have spoken as sales of Alejandro’s jersey have skyrocketed to number one.

But allow me to remind all of those sports figures, celebrities and supporters of this misguided political statement that you have been duped. You’ve been played and in your haste to join in on this popular limousine liberal fad, you have forgotten this…this disrespectful action of kneeling for our National Anthem was built upon LIES. The lies of institutionalized police racism. The lies of law enforcement hunting down and killing innocent unarmed black men. The great lie of Ferguson, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”. Lies, lies and more lies perpetuated by agenda driven race exploiters bent on driving a wedge between the people of this nation, and a complicit mainstream media together with politicians who gleefully repeat the myths while feathering their own political nests with votes and riches. I wonder if you even care about the facts anymore? Or is the anti-Trump hysteria simply too powerful for you to resist?

When I watch these self-entitled millionaire players display their ignorance of the issues and their “follower” mentality, I cannot help but feel not just disappointment but outright disgust. Tens of thousands of men and women of our military and our law enforcement have sacrificed their very lives for what our flag and our anthem symbolize. It is because of those sacrifices that these players can run around a field tossing a ball around making millions of dollars doing what is truly nothing more than a form of entertainment while American cops actually give their lives protecting the very communities they are accused of oppressing!

Let me be very clear about my feelings here. When it comes right down to the worth of a human being, the size of your bank account or the amount of fame you have means nothing. Human value is found in service to others, courage in the face of adversity, compassion shown to those in need and sacrifice for the greater good. In other words, the traits that American Law Enforcement embody every single day.

So I’ll say this loud and clear. When you look at the contribution to the people of our nation, when you tally up the displays of courage, compassion, integrity and sacrifice of sports figure and law enforcement officers and compare them to each other… One good cop is worth a hundred NFL players.

Randy Sutton is a 33 year Law Enforcement veteran. He served ten years in the Princeton, New Jersey Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant thousands of Law Enforcement Officers in the United States on the subject of “POLICING WITH HONOR”, and has been recognized by the President of the United States while receiving the “POINTS OF LIGHT” award. Randy is a Journalist for every major Law Enforcement publication and Commentator for “FOX & FRIENDS, the e America. He is recognized as one of the most highly decorated officers in the LVMPD history, having awards for Valor, Community Service, Exemplary Service and multiple Lifesaving awards. He has trained News Network and is the Crime and Safety Expert for KTNV TV, Las Vegas. He is the author of “TRUE BLUE Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them”, ‘A COP’S LIFE”, “TRUE BLUE To Serve and Protect” and “THE POWER OF LEGACY, Personal Heroes of America’s Most Inspiring People”. Come visit Randy at www.randylsutton.com