Even after weeks of attempting to explain the offensiveness of the NFL’s anthem protests, it seems that many players still don’t understand.
The American people, while proponents of free speech and the right to protest, also understand that those who have chosen to kneel during the National Anthem are doing so merely to draw attention to themselves by attempting to equate their hatred of the President with Colin Kaepernick’s hatred of police, while choosing to disrespect our country’s bravest men and women in order to to do so.
We don’t see these players going out into their communities to make a difference, nor do we see them donating their wealth to charity at any overwhelming clip. Instead, we find ourselves watching the 2nd-string millionaires of the NFL publicly taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner in order to upset conservative Americans and in hopes of catching a few minutes of coverage on ESPN.
Now, as the NFL itself begins to reel from the massive loss of revenue caused by these misguided, confusing protests, the league is publicly mulling over the idea of regulating that players stand for the anthem. After all, this is a workplace for these men, with the NFL as their employer.
This hasn’t sat well with the attention-starved man-children of the gridiron.
“Just a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urged all teams to institute a policy that requires their players to stand during the national anthem, at least one professional athlete said there would be an ‘uproar’ if they’re forced to honor the American flag.
“Speaking during an interview with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy lashed out at the commissioner and team owners who ban their players from protesting the national anthem.
“’I don’t think guys are gonna like it. I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys wanna have a, I guess you would call it a peaceful protest, I don’t think it’s right to take that away,’ McCoy said.”
The NFL amending their rules to require standing for the anthem would certainly not violate any constitutional rights, seeing as they are a private company that can create any rules they wish for those employed by them.
This is the same logic that the liberal minds of Google, Facebook, and Twitter use to justify their condemnation and censorship of conservative speech on their platforms. While they are absolutely derailing the free speech of their own users, their status as private companies protects them in this First Amendment battle.
If NFL players want to protest, they could head out into their communities to make a difference and have their voice heard, but if the NFL decides to keep politics off of the field, these employees will have little choice but to comply.