I was happy to see the NFL start on Thursday. The champion K.C. Chiefs — I guess I can still call them that, because I can’t call Washington the Redskins anymore because the indigenous population might be offended — played the Houston Texans. No trouble with saying their name right now, I don’t think.

I figured on a little CCP virus talk and social distancing and so forth in the pre-game show, but I was disappointed with the five-minute production of the BLM video by the NFL stars. They even go as far as to say that “they,” the NFL stars, all of which were Black, were ”George Floyd.”

He was the Black man that died in police custody; you already know this because BLM is riding on this every day. The NFL Black stars had better find out about who they want to emulate before they put it out there for billions of people to see, because whether you like it or not, George Floyd was a thug; a drug abuser and a criminal who committed a crime and resisted arrest before his demise. Don’t take my word for it, do some research for yourself and you will find out. These players are better than this.

Surely it was terrible how he died, but that event was put into motion by the path in life that he chose. If you, no matter what color you are, obey the law and respect authority and the rights of others, I can guarantee that you will not have trouble with police.

The NFL Black players want you to support BLM “peaceful” protests, but I have not heard or seen on TV a single BLM protest march that hasn’t incurred violence in the form of breaking windows, burning buildings and cars, tearing down historical monuments, people fighting and sometimes being injured or killed. I cannot support this.

Research BLM and see what they really are: a Marxist, socialist, communist movement. Don’t take my word for it; again, look it up for yourself. The ignorant white and Black protesters are being used by this “movement” to undermine the American way of life, which is the best way of life in the world. Kudos to NFL commentator Chris Collinsworth for saying that he stands behind the NFL players, but ”enough about social justice, let’s call the football game.”

Why can’t our sports entertainment be free of racial, social and political rhetoric and give us all a much-needed break from the reality that is now? Is that too much to ask?

R.B. Hinson

Rocky Mount