et’s get a few things straight. Telling an employee that he or she can’t do something while on the job is not a violation of his or her First Amendment rights. It wouldn’t be censorship if the NFL came out with a ruling that mandated the following: “There will not be any political protests at football games.” (PJ Media) In fact, the NFL has such rules already in place, and when a player signs a contract with the team, he is agreeing to follow those rules.
The NFL is not the government. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), an elected official, does not understand this. She “took a knee on the floor of the House tonight during a special order by the Congressional Black Caucus focused on rooting out racism and defending the First Amendment.” She took an oath to uphold the Constitution that she does not understand.
There are already rules prohibiting certain types of on-field displays. For example, in the first week of the 2016 season, Antonio Brown was called “for a ‘sexually suggestive’ end zone dance (he twerked) and the celebration cost him” a 15-yard penalty and a fine of “somewhere around $10,000.”
The Star-Spangled Banner may be an issue for some people, and they have a right to protest its history for whatever reason,1 but it’s almost a guarantee that the National Anthem means something deep and important to the vast majority of Americans who sing and appreciate it that has nothing to do with the War of 1812 with Great Britain or slavery.
Lady Gaga performed a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show. I suspect that most older Americans had no idea who she was, but I can guarantee you that they appreciated her rendition more than they did Roseanne Barr’s.
Usain Bolt, a citizen of Jamaica, the current world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters, stopped an interview when he heard our National Anthem being played during an award ceremony and turned and faced the podium where the athletes were standing:
Protesting athletes are making these statements about race as if there has not been any progress in race relations in the United since the 1860s to the 1960s. The majority of the players in the NFL (68%) and NBA (74.4%) are black. They are multi-millionaires. LeBron James, who has been vocal in his support for the kneeling protests, “has an estimated net worth in the range of $400 million, and he is on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest athletes ever.”
Race is still an issue in our country, but I can guarantee that these protests won’t do a single thing for the people that these athletes claim they are trying to help. The cumulative amount of money that these black athletes make is in the billions and the government probably takes at least 40 percent in taxes. LeBron decided not to go to New York to play and instead went to Miami because of the taxes. Florida does not have a state income tax…