To the editor:

Here we go again.

I wake up to find people burning Nike shoes and shirts because some Marx-DuBois-Ignatiev indoctrinated marketing mastermind decided to distinguish the former-NFL quarterback turned social-injustice-activist and communist sympathizer Colin Kaepernick as the company's new franchise spokesman to "Believe in Something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

This just happens to coincide with another article reporting that the new NFL mega salaries rose to a $177 million cap with Aaron Rodgers earning $174 million over six years and the first round draft pick, Baker Mayfield, received a $33 million dollar contract (plus a $22 million signing bonus) and hasn't even played a game. Heck, even NFL practice squad players earn a minimum of $7,600 per week during regular and postseason practice.

Which brings us back to the $126 million dollar contract Kaepernick, intentionally or not, walked away from, instead settling for an insignificant and paltry $39 million for only three years of play. 

Butter my buns and call me a biscuit, but that sure seems a lot more than what you can earn pouring concrete, repairing air conditioners, serving in the armed forces, teaching students, or working at Wal-Mart. You know, 'deplorable' work. 

Now this could be all be a ploy for Nike to improve lackluster performance "any attention is good attention" where even if they fail investors can buy the failing stock and wait for the uproar to find another target.

But irregardless, using Nike's slogan, as much as I used to love the game, I believe this Sunday, I'll paint the garage, clean the gutters and take my wife to dinner, instead of wasting my free time watching these glorified prima donnas belly-ache about purported discrimination, fairness and social injustice when the NFL is 68 percent African-American and the average player earns $1.7 million a year.

Dan Lathers,

Richlands