This website is about America and politics. It’s not about sports. As a Jeffersonian constitutional Patriot, freedom of speech is something that I wholeheartedly support. I also feel that there is a time and place for each of us to express ourselves when we feel an injustice needs to be addressed.
If you want to protest against what you feel is unjust treatment by law enforcement, you certainly have the right to do so. I don’t think that taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem is the proper venue to express that protest. The men and women who fought for freedom and defended those rights that we all hold dear as free People in this union of States, deserve your respect. If you want to protest against the police, you should gather around the local police station or city hall and not at a sports arena or stadium.
The NFL and Commissioner Goodell are wrong to allow players to make political statements or protests at an event that fans have payed to watch you perform for those multi-million dollar salaries that you are paid. Your choice of expression demonstrates a level of disrespect and conceit beyond the pale.
I call upon the NFL Commissioner and every team owner to put a stop to this divisive behavior. It is unbecoming of players to disrespect the entire country. There is no justification for this behavior by the athletes and allowing it to be by the league and the teams demonstrate a lack of respect to the fans who pay to see you play. There are many ways in which you can express your opposition to what you see as injustice. Taking a knee or raising your fist before you ‘go to work’ in front of thousands at the stadium and millions watching on television is not the place to express your views.
Make enough of us good people angry and you will find yourselves performing before empty seats. Viewership has declined since this all started, should sent a strong message to all those who feel they have a ‘right’ to protest. You do have that right. And we all have the right to disagree with your method and express ourselves with our wallets and televisions.