The widow of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle, published an open letter to the NFL regarding their divisive and disrespectful protests of the national anthem, saying the league had “lost” her.
Kyle led off her letter by describing all of the things that had previously made the league so great, so inspiring to many Americans or fans around the world.
“It was simple,” she wrote. “We loved you and you loved us – with all of our races, religions, different backgrounds and politics.”
She described the love of the game as “simplicity in a crazy world,” adding that it “was pretty awesome.”
Taya Kyle, wife of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle shares powerful message via Facebook to @NFL pic.twitter.com/l3yPhTsYUz
— Ashley Rodriguez (@AshRdzOfficial) September 27, 2017
But, just as the league has begun losing many, many fans over the decision of players, coaches, and even owners to disrespect the anthem, the flag, the police, and military members, they have lost Kyle.
“You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division,” Kyle wrote.
“You, dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.”
The ‘American Sniper’ widow then challenged the NFL to come together and build bridges to make change rather than to kneel or stand in silent protest.
“If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know,” she challenges. “I have found screaming about the problems in service marriages or even standing in silence in front of them, hasn’t healed even one of them.”
Kyle cites her work at the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, an organization developed to honor the life and legacy of service of her husband and seeks to “Honor God, Country, and Families Who Serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families.”
From Taya Kyle (Chris Kyle’s wife) talking about the nfl players kneeling pic.twitter.com/41YzSWWmta
— Drew Geisler (@Drewski_2_) September 27, 2017
“Volunteering there outside of my paying jobs — has proven to make real change,” Kyle explains.
“You have a lot of strong guys, I am sure in the off season a lot of them could build some pretty big bridges if they care enough to do the hard work,” she said, but “that would involve getting off their knees and getting to work.”
“If I can do it while I raise two kids as their only parent and work through the greatest pain of my life, let’s see if they can do it for the issues they say they care so much about.”
Indeed, the time for kneeling, throwing up fists, and talking divisive rhetoric is open. If you want real change NFL players, go out in your community and actually do something instead of grandstanding for attention.
Well said, Ms. Kyle.
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