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Holly Seymour: Have a problem with NFL players and the National Anthem? Look in the mirror

Holly Seymour: Have a problem with NFL players and the National Anthem? Look in the mirror
People should look at the good NFL players do before judging them. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

The concern with the controversy surrounding the NFL and its anthem “protest” is going nowhere. Now, re read that first line. Because the controversy isn’t the “protest.” In fact, it’s not the anthem or the players either.

The controversy is within you. Let me further elaborate on this before you stop reading.

Malcolm Jenkins recently sat down with Lester Holt of NBC to discuss everyday issues in America. He gives an example stating how the players and we, the viewers, allow so many different causes to be acknowledged peacefully throughout the season. Military appreciation, breast cancer awareness, domestic violence are just naming a few.

All of these topics are sensitive and can be perceived from different views. So how is it that having an opinion on human rights is any different? If you have an issue on either side of this “protest,” maybe you should take the time to research instead of resulting to hate so easily.

In fact, these same players that people get offended by are the same guys that you see being active members of your very own community. Chris Long gave his ENTIRE 2017 season paycheck to charity, DeShaun Watson donated his holiday pay to workers inside of NRG, Patrick Peterson created the “Foundation of Success” to help provide resources and materials to low income and inner city youth, and as much as no one likes the Cowboys, they work year round with charities throughout the city of Dallas. I can go on for hours telling you about the acts of kindness and time these players give back to try to make a difference in this country.

Let me guess, some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking, “They make millions, it’s the least they can do.” You are probably the same morons that actually believe boycotting the most popular sport in America will change anything. And if this is you, YOU are the controversy. YOU are the problem.  

I’m the first one to tell say, “I’m just ready for some football. Screw the politics.” However, all jokes aside, I feel it is important that we see beyond just the game of football. I’ll admit, when this story first broke two years ago, it took me a minute to educate myself.

I suggest you take a moment to do the same.   

 

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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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