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Navy transfer called 'coward' in letter from veterans

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 1/17/2019 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports

a man with a football ball on a field © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman began his career at the United States Naval Academy, but he decided to transfer after his freshman season because he wanted to pursue a career in the NFL. According to a group of anonymous military veterans, Gilman betrayed his country when he made that move.

Earlier this week, Gilman shared a photo on Snapchat of a letter he received from “six veterans and college football fans” who ripped him from transferring from Navy and ridiculed him over Notre Dame getting dominated by Clemson.

“You were honored with the highest appointment possible to the United States Naval Academy and were given a one year prep school scholarship because of your questionable academic record,” the letter read. “And how do you thank our great country for giving you a chance to serve? You spit on the flag and transfer because you believe you can make the NFL quicker. Much more talented players than you received their commission, served their country, and went on to the NFL…

“… It goes without saying that you are a coward. Our military is probably better off not having you amongst its ranks, but this will accompany you throughout your life.”

The letter concluded by urging Gilman to serve in some capacity in the future to help “rehabilitate your image as well as give you a chance to atone.”

Prior to 2017, a rule allowed football players a chance to defer their military service for five years if they wanted to pursue a career in the NFL. Gilman explained before Notre Dame’s game against Navy last season that he has tremendous respect for the military, but he “wasn’t as passionate (about) fulfilling that service commitment” and decided to leave after the rule changed.

Perhaps the most ironic part about the letter to Gilman is that it ripped him for being a coward, but those who were responsible for it chose to remain anonymous.

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