In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off.In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders....In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness.In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem...)In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression?You graduated high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training.You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts. You hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep at the Ritz. He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will “make it rain” in the club. He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.--- SHARE, SHARE, SHARE ---National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along (copy and paste, like I did here) to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.
There are thousands of young football players just waiting for a chance at the big leagues. Absolutely no one is indispensable. Most people forget that.
They have a right to protest. And the owners have a right to fire them. Consumers have the right to not watch the game. Plain and simple. When you are at work you are not allowed to get political because you are a representative of your uniform and so what you say in uniform represents your team. The problem with that is that players do not own the team to be able to make their own choices while they represent that said team. The team owner and NFL commissioner make the rules. The players can either choose to follow the rules. Or choose to protest anyways and potentially lose their place on the team. They have already lost their places in our hearts
One more thing, don't insult our country, our flag, our law enforcement or our troops, otherwise you could end up in the unemployment line. God Bless the USA, our President, our Law Enforcement and our military troops.
So disrespectful !! It is because of the flag and the Fans that he gets to live his dream, have the kind of life that fans can only dream about. Grow up, be respectful. If you want to protest, do it on your own time and on your own dime, only then will people take you seriously.
Let's make this clear. These players have all the right they want to freedom of speech but in the present circumstances..they are being paid by the NFL to do a job (millions of $$$) NOT to protest on the job. Their pay is tied to fans paying money for tickets who expect to go and enjoy entertainment not trouble. There is enough of that in the World today.. As part of this JOB (and their own rulebook states it) that they stand during the Anthem with hands over hearts. This has been going on for years. These players have rights, yes, but these rights donot belong as a part of their paid job. Besides if u dont like America and America is treating u bad then go to another Country where you think u will be treated better. I am a housewife and mother for almost 50 years and how is a housewife treated--( Looked down upon , 24/7 hours, body given up to have children,lowpay, no sleep,on and on) but I am not protesting This is what I signed for--I take my responsibility and I am grateful every day that I live in America, and that God grants me life and blessings beyond measure. Life is what u make it.The NFL should fire these men or they should quit and the NFL has" their rights" to sue them for disgracing and destroying the NFL. Nowhere in any of these players contracts does it say that they can USE the NFL for their own personal protests. This is not in their job description. But the NFL is between a rock and a hard place due to the fact that these men are paid millions to be fodder for this violent sport---- who only a fool would play. It is a slow form of suicide. Like the Roman colliceum days Now players---stand up, be men, honor God and Country and Flag and be grateful for what you have. Otherwise go somewhere else. You are accomplishing nothing
What a moron when you are an employee you have to do what your boss tells you. Especially a football player who is just a paid entertainer. So stupid whatever your name is get out there and dance I meant play football lol
I wonder if his protesting is worth and empty stadium? Maybe he can enjoy watching himself play because i know i sure won't.
If players continue to demonstrate racial division and lack of respect for our country, let it be known football season will be a major financial lost for the owners, and quite frankly even the players. No play no pay. The racial black power fist in the air needs to be addressed also. You don't see other players making racial jesters. Owners step up and realizes that this is a game of sport that many young people also look forward to. They do not need to see race division at the games. Making a touch down or tackle is not black power. It is skill. Think about what you are doing. Fist jester just make you look dumb.
Did Goodell finally grow a pair? He should have nipped this in the bud a long time ago. I find I don't miss watching the NFL at all.