Veterans and those in the military aren't the arbiters of what is patriotic and what is American
Nope, we are the protectors that volunteered time out of our life to serve our country. I volunteered during my generation's war. I did not have too, I was a semester from graduation in college. I did it because my family has always served. We served in WW2, the Union side of the Civil War and even further back.
Also, I would bet money the real Tom Heinsohn would not agree with you. I notice you did not respond to my comments but rather a little snipey comment. How is that going to win people over?
As for what is patriotic, we volunteer to serve our country and protect the Constitution. This is the oath, I took:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
My feelings about the flag and the anthem are less intense than many -- I consider myself a big fan of America -- but I am not prone to showing patriotism through deference to the flag/anthem. I am always personally respectful, but I am not triggered emotionally when others aren't. Just providing a POV to show the breadth of how people in this country can, and do, view things differently.
I think people have every right to protest. Freedom of Speech, is at the center of what is American. We all have our individual ways, thoughts and the like. I simply changed the channel for a few seconds and all was well in the world. Like I said, it was not effective because its message did not line up with the protest and was detached.
But just because some folks protest does not mean that everyone agrees with them.
The issue is about police violence against blacks!
Something I think it completely wrong and terrible and do not support.
At the end of the day, patriotism, police violence and the like did not factor into the league decision it was money. They made a decision about what was affecting their bottom line.