Thanks to Ron Reid for writing a story with something good to say about Duane Thomas (Staring and Starring, Aug. 27). This great athlete has been kicked around too long by his teams, the press and so-called fans. After he just about singlehandedly won the Super Bowl for them the Cowboys had the nerve to ship him off to a bush team like San Diego. Although not a Washington fan, I would like to see Thomas help the Redskins to a Super Bowl victory.
A final point: no athlete should be subjected to the loudmouth slob in the stands. After attending a game last year between the Giants and Redskins and watching some guy give Larry Brown a beer bath, I feel that the athletes should have more protection from the crowd. If I had been one of the Redskins in the game in Buffalo, I probably would have let Duane go after the abusive guy.
This is one fan that Duane Thomas did not lose with his "protracted silences and other specimens of antisocial behavior." Thomas has courage, talent and intelligence, and his actions speak louder than words.
Duane Thomas has been a thorn in the NFL's side ever since the 1972 Super Bowl. The dumbest thing about it is that he gets more attention than a player who does his job and causes no commotion. Thomas dropped out of two teams and most people thought he had had enough chances.
Duane Thomas is not king. He doesn't need protection. He caused a lot of trouble. Now he is getting some of it back. It's all fair and square.
MARK A. GEORGE
I resent your using a picture of Duane Thomas on the cover. Any man who turns his back on the flag does not deserve to be on the cover of a national magazine and, of all things, made to sound like a hero.
The real reason the Buffalo fans got on Thomas was not because they were "frustrated by the Bills' ineptness" but because they were, as I am, sick and tired of the antics this man employs on and off the field.
Duane Thomas wants everyone to leave him alone and respect him, so when everyone else faces the flag, why does he offend 80,000 people by not doing it? Does he want more trouble?
Duane is a great football player. He has it made in Washington. Let's hope he realizes that fact.
Why is Duane Thomas' refusal to face the flag during the playing of the national anthem pointed out when the same picture shows another Washington player facing the flag with his helmet still firmly planted on his head?
JEFFREY M. GRAVES
Durham, N. C.