For every action, there is a reaction.

There is a time and a place for everything.

Americans, for the most part, and football fans, in particular, are very patriotic.

We've all heard these utterances from our family, friends, and co-workers.

With the current protests going on in our sports franchises in America and against our president, these utterances are being shouted more frequently and more loudly than ever before.

As a firm believer in our First Amendment right to free speech, I also firmly believe that common sense is a must when exercising those rights.

Just as one would never yell "Fire" in a crowded movie theatre, one should have the good sense and decency to never disrespect Old Glory or our National Anthem at a sporting event that is attended by thousands of patriots.

Even though you have every right to protest or show disrespect for either, you are showing disrespect for the thousands of brave men and women who have given their lives to provide you with that right. They gave their lives for a paltry amount compared to the millions of dollars today's athletes make.

Additionally, you show tremendous disdain and disrespect for your fans who make your multi-million dollar salaries possible.

There is a time and a place for everything. Sporting events are not the time or the place. People want to relax and have fun and for a couple of hours get away from the toxic politics that are sweeping our nation.

If this current trend continues, these sports franchises will pay a dear price, as will the players and coaches.

First of all, empty seats equal less revenue.

Secondly, boycotts of sponsors by fans may cause many sponsors to discontinue their sponsorship of these sporting events.

It's always, always about the money.

If fewer fans attend the games and fewer fans buy sporting establishment merchandise and if fans boycott the sponsors and the sponsors drop out, the money flow may be only a trickle of what it once was or currently is.

The decreased amount of revenue will mean less money for high dollar players and coaches contracts.

It has been said that a certain thing rolls downhill. I think it's starting to roll downhill big time.

If these protests continue, I believe there will be fewer sports franchises in the future than we have now.

These overpaid, pampered athletes need to wake up to what they are accomplishing, and it ain't what they intended. They are doing a disservice to themselves, their families and their fans.

For what it's worth, I don't agree with President Trump calling these athletes SOBs. Had he just called them idiots or malcontents — I would not have a problem.

It can be said that the President was exercising his freedom of speech just as the players are doing, but I have always believed that two wrongs don't make a right.

Wake up, America. If we are ever going to make America great against, we MUST all work together to make it happen.

A house divided cannot stand.

Pray for America. Pray for our leaders. Pray for each other and pray extra hard for the haters.

God bless America.