Jim Langer, Bob Kuechenberg and Manny Fernandez didn't show up at the White House Tuesday when their teammates on the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team were honored by President Obama.
That's their prerogative. If the players would have felt like hypocrites accepting accolates from a President whose philosophy differs from theirs they should have stayed away.
If we really are free, we're free to refrain from going places we don't want to go and from shaking hands with people we don't want to be in the same room with.
If N.C. Governor Pat McCrory invited the Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Bobcats to Raleigh to honor them they, too, would have the right to stay in Charlotte.
The three Dolphins who declined President Obama's invitation attracted more attention than the teammates who accepted it.
It's like throwing a party and talking about the guests who did not come. If it is my party, I focus on the guests who did.