Pat Tillman’s widow: Don’t politicize his memory

Pat Tillman’s widow: Don’t politicize his memory

In the wake of Donald Trump’s remarks and the reaction from NFL teams over the weekend, Mary Tillman spoke to CNN about her husband’s name being invoked into the conversation – most notably by the president himself, who retweeted a post about Tillman that included the hashtags “StandForOurAnthem” and “BoycottNFL.”

“As a football player and soldier, Pat inspired countless Americans to unify,” she said. “It is my hope that his memory should always remind people that we must come together. Pat’s service, along with that of every man and woman’s service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us. We are too great of a country for that. Those that serve fight for the American ideals of freedom, justice and democracy. They and their families know the cost of that fight. I know the very personal costs in a way I feel acutely every day.”

“The very action of self expression and the freedom to speak from one’s heart — no matter those views — is what Pat and so many other Americans have given their lives for,” Marie Tillman said. “Even if they didn’t always agree with those views. It is my sincere hope that our leaders both understand and learn from the lessons of Pat’s life and death, and also those of so many other brave Americans.”