Disrespect of the flag unacceptable

Any person has the right to do whatever they want to in our country.

But dishonoring the American flag is not optional …. under any circumstances.

Yet, such action seems to be taking place on a daily basis. And some of those violations are connected to sports.

Oh, it’s not just the Colin Kaepernick controversy, which seems to be growing.

As you will recall, Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem before games.

The 49ers wisely parted ways with Kaepernick after he played his way out of the starting job with some truly mediocre play.

If you don’t believe his play was below par, consider this: He had a quarterback rating of 43.7 and 49.7 in his final two NFL seasons.

Those are Bobby Douglass-type of stats. Douglass, as some of oldtimers may remember, was a strong-armed QB for the Chicago Bears in the 1970s.

He was reputed to be able to throw the football through a brick wall — if he could find the wall.

No other teams opted to seek Kaepernick’s services, prompting calls of racism. He eventually signed a fat deal with Nike, which backs him 100 percent in all controversies.

Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. women’s soccer team also took to kneeling before the national anthem, seeking to draw attention to the fact the women’s team is paid less than the men’s squad.

Rapinoe, the unquestioned standout at the recent World Cup, had everything on her side in the squabble. Yes, the women were being underpaid.

Rapinoe even told President Donald Trump to shove it (in no uncertain terms) as far as an invitation to the White House.

But no one bothered to tell her that you don’t use the national flag as a bargaining tool in any negotiation.

Far too many American servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that flag is still waving today.

No exceptions ….