Kickin’ It with Kiz: Kudos to Broncos legend John Elway for joining the fight against racism and police brutality – The Denver Post

Kiz, I thank you for having the courage to call out the NFL, the bully in the White House and squabbling Broncos ownership. I appreciate the frankness and honesty of Broncos safety Kareem Jackson, who has to deal with discrimination when he’s away from the field, regardless of his contract. As a somewhat casual reader of your column, I was amazed you were speaking for me and transcending the ordinary world of sports.

— Dave, Longmont

Kiz: Here’s a chance for America to make meaningful change. Kudos to John Elway for exhibiting the courage to decide he cannot sit on the sideline in the battle against racism and police brutality, after making this heartfelt admission on Twitter: “I always thought that since I grew up in a locker room, I knew everything there was to know about understanding teammates from different backgrounds and walks of life. I could not have been more wrong.”

It would be a tragedy if fans cannot see any major-league baseball this year. It would clearly send a message neither franchise owners nor players place any value on the fan base. Both parties take fans for granted.

— B.O.3, says: play ball!

Kiz: Crazy optimists that we are here at Kickin’ It Headquarters, I choose to believe there will be baseball in 2020, because players and franchise owners can’t possibly be that greedy, stupid and short-sighted not to reach a financial agreement to play. Can they?

I disagree with politics in the sports pages. By the time I turn to Denver Post sports every morning, I’ve already been on the internet and already read dozens of stories on politics. It’s time for a pleasant reprieve. We all need a break from elections, the coronavirus and other evils of the world. C’mon, Kiz. Don’t take that away from us.

Kiz: If Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has important societal issues on his mind after the final buzzer, is it OK for him to raise his voice? By the way: As I warned you nearly three months ago, it’s harder to stick to sports when there are no sports.

But sports and my haircut are probably the most important things in the world right now.

— Nate, everything in perspective

Kiz: Hey, mister. I do the sarcasm around here, and it hurts my feelings when you do it better than me.

Liberal morons like you really want to make me puke. You’re not an American, you’re a pandering fool of the left. Why is it “African” Americans? How about just black Americans or Americans? What does Africa have to do with it, other than the poor behavior they have shown forever in America?

— Terry, Denver

Kiz: So is it fair to assume you stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner,” but you only sing “Kumbaya” with Americans you deem fit?

And today’s parting shot is a much-appreciated note of thanks, as well as a reminder the two most-effective words in coaching are: good job.

Kiz, you may not want the role of being the conscience of major-league sports in Denver, but you are the most articulate. Keep at it, please.

— Bob, Boulder

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