I’m incensed by athletes sitting on their rear ends while they should be standing with their helmets removed and their right hands placed respectfully over their hearts [“Seattle’s Bennett sits for anthem,” Sports, Aug. 14].

They claim that they are protesting racism, segregation and injustice. But what they are doing is blatantly disrespecting the men and women who serve in our military and who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

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These athletes are also blatantly disrespecting the families of soldiers. Families make sacrifices when the soldiers serve, to ensure that we enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we have become accustomed to.

One of my grandfathers served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and my other grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. I take it personally when athletes sit while the national anthem is being played and the flag that my grandfathers fought to defend is displayed.

None of these athletes would be able to play the game that affords them to live the lifestyle they have come to enjoy if it were not for the people who have put on the uniform of the United States. Show some respect.

Christopher Bila,

Patchogue