ESPN’s Paul Lukas wrongly mocks Ryan Zimmerman’s patriotism

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Sometimes you run across articles written by idiots and they need to be responded to. Paul Lukas, who writes about team uniforms for ESPN turned very nasty today and accused patriotic MLB players of flag desecration. He specifically named Ryan Zimmerman and in all fairness he should have lumped Bryce Harper in his hatred. Lukas is wrong about flag protocol according to the American Legion, and comes across as a  jerk for criticizing MLB players demonstrating their patriotism.  It is a special level of loathing I have for people like Paul Lukas who mock others patriotism on the 4th of July and invites other to join with him.

I would like to give credit to the Nationals and MLB for making the home game at Nats Park on the 4th a new great baseball tradition.

Here is what Lukas wrote:

Those flag-desecration caps weren’t enough for some MLB players yesterday. Case in point: Mets catcher John Buck, who wore a flag-desecration necklace (lots of players wore those) and “patriotic” eye black stickers (I hope nobody else wore those). Buck then honored America by getting tossed from the game for arguing a checked-swing call.

Elsewhere, several teams had players wearing red, white, and blue arm sleeves, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals wore star-spangled batting gloves. I assume there was lots of additional silliness out there, so feel free to post comments about what you spotted.

http://www.uni-watch.com/2013/07/05/mlbers-wear-assorted-nonsense-for-july-4th/

From the commonly asked questions section of the American Legion Website (a organization I am a member of by the way)

http://www.legion.org/flag/questions-answers/91517/it-permissible-wear-item-clothing-looks-united-states-flag

Is it permissible to wear an item of clothing that looks like the United States flag?

Unless an article of clothing is made from an actual United States flag, there is NO breach of flag etiquette whatsoever. People are simply expressing their patriotism and love of country by wearing an article of clothing that happens to be red, white, and blue with stars and stripes. There is nothing illegal about the wearing or use of these items. 

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