Marie Tillman, the widow of former NFL participant and Military Ranger Pat Tillman, says that her husband’s service “ought to by no means be politicized in a approach that divides us.”
Marie Tillman launched a press release to CNN on Monday after President Donald Trump retweeted an account referencing Pat Tillman and utilizing the hashtag #StandForOurAnthem. Trump has criticized NFL gamers for kneeling throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest police remedy of blacks and different social injustices. Greater than 200 NFL gamers knelt or sat through the anthem this weekend.
Tillman walked away from the NFL to hitch the Military after the Sept. eleven, 2001, assaults. He was killed by pleasant hearth in Afghanistan in 2004.
“As a soccer participant and soldier, Pat impressed numerous People to unify,” Marie Tillman stated. “It’s my hope that his reminiscence ought to all the time remind those that we should come collectively. Pat’s service, together with that of each man and lady’s service, ought to by no means be politicized in a approach that divides us. We’re too nice of a rustic for that. People who serve struggle for the American beliefs of freedom, justice and democracy. They and their households know the price of that battle. I do know the very private prices in a means I really feel acutely each day.
“The very motion of self expression and the liberty to talk from one’s coronary heart — regardless of these views — is what Pat and so many different People have given their lives for. Even when they didn’t all the time agree with these views. It’s my honest hope that our leaders each perceive and study from the teachings of Pat’s life and demise, and in addition these of so many different courageous People.”