Taya Kyle, wife of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, penned a brutally honest open letter to the NFL, which she shared on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
Kyle expressed her disappointment at protests within the franchise and accused the players involved in the protests of being complicit in destroying “what many people loved most about the sport.” She began by lauding the NFL for initially doing its “part to bring people together” and in healing the world.
“That’s really how healing works,” she wrote. “We heal by loving each other and leading by example; showing people what is possible when we love each other just as we are and not only recognize our differences but celebrate them and look at how we can use them together to make us jointly better than our separate parts.” Kyle said that the NFL succeeded in promoting diversity and did so through a “joint vision without regard to color and religion.”
She noted, however, that once the protests began and started to gain momentum, the NFL failed to do its part to unite Americans.