It works for me. The workplace isn't the venue to protest. It's not like these guys don't have other avenues of making their views heard.
Roy I agree with this. I don't get how so many people don't
The NFL makes $$ by marketing not just a sport but the players themselves, i.e. the players as people / public personas.
Yet the league also wants to dictate how, when, and what the players say.
Seems like it's a little different than a normal workplace, no?
But aren’t the players interchangeable? Tom Brady needed the NFL more than the NFL needed Tom Brady. Sure some players transcend the league but if Player X wasn’t in the NFL, the NFL would be just fine. These players would not be millionaires, they wouldn’t have a voice. Unlike most sports, there is no credible secondary league you can still thrive from (CFL is a joke, right?).
I personally don’t get kneeling but if players want to be polarizing and further the very divide they seek to remedy, do it on your own time.
Players should never purposely offend fans. Up until 2 years ago, I never heard of anyone being offended because a player was standing for the anthem. But if kneeling offends people so greatly (and I’m sure it’s easy to understand why veterans would be offended), they shouldn’t be allowed to do it.
My personal favorite is Bruce Maxwell (first player to kneel in MLB), who went ahead and pulled a gun on a delivery woman and threatened her just weeks after his “protest.”. He has since pled guilty to that. What a role model!