The NFL owners are a bunch of hypocrites.

Last year when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, they correctly said it was his right to do so. Yet this year, when teams were picking new quarterbacks, they totally ignored Kaepernick, apparently afraid of a backlash from the public which did not agree with his kneeling protest.

Yet this year, after President Trump made his profane comments about NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem, and after nearly all the players said they would follow Kaepernick's example and refuse to stand for the national anthem, the owners joined the players in the kneel-down.

I say that if the owners respect the players’ right to kneel or not kneel for the national anthem, then they should not punish Kaepernick any further by refusing to hire him as a player.

Speaking personally, I wish the players had some other way to protest rather than to refuse to stand for the national anthem. I’m a very old guy, but I still choke up a little when I hear the words, “... gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Gerald Archuleta, Okaloosa Island