NFL Players have the constitutional right to to protest for or against any cause they choose. However, the NFL and the associated teams can deny them from doing so in the workplace. By allowing a representative of the league (which a player is) to to protest on the field is in fact supporting said protest.
As long as the NFL allows protest of my flag or national anthem, I will not purchase tickets, attend promotions, buy memorabilia or team wear. I will also not knowingly buy from their sponsors.
You said it right, the workplace. Sports is a refuge. I don't want politics mixed in. If they start playing football on Fox News, I will turn the channel. Speaking of turning the channel, I can't tell you the last time I watched ESPN. Sick of their political blah blah.
We need more minorities like Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, smart and objective! Unfortunately in today's climate, he may catch it from other blacks because he didn't ignore Kaep's poor stats and support him simply because he's black. McCoy's approach is one huge step out of the minority mentality and into the mainstream! A big thumbs up to you Mr. McCoy!
Funny that you're thinking this guy is "smart and objective." More than once, you mentioned not knowing anything about sports. Be careful, you really don't McCoy well. Don't let him dupe you with anti-Kap chatter. You'll regret it later.
IntegrityImportant sure doesn't like men of integrity and knows nothing about the athletes he/she praises. Inetgrity and a bunch of others crowing about how great Jim Brown The Woman Beater is such a great guy. Now Integrity is here jocking a guy appropriately nicknamed Shady? That's golden!
Oh Lord you two: I have said I don't like sports not that I don't know anything about sports. So stop assuming which is too funny. Big Frank, what I don't like is dumping on someone who made a mistake at one time and as a result they're not entitled to have an opinion on another subject now, a practice especially common in the minority community and on the alt-left. To do so seems like it is a little outside good sense and unfortunately that is happening more and more often these days. However you can label yourself in whatever way makes you feel well adjusted or superior to me and other posters. In this country we used to agree to disagree and go on with our lives. These days, support a position someone else doesn't like and that makes the supporter a twit. Think what you will but Kaep is a wipeout--poor stats and not so smart to put himself in this position. But, hey, I wish you & Indie a happy life any way!
These black players who do not agree with CK's kneeling for the anthem, will forever be called "Uncle Toms" and will be outcasts from the rest of the black community. How sad this is that they have been so brain washed that they cannot see what is being perpetrated on them.
He can take some heat, won't kill him. If he continues to play well he will still get paid. Americans are too sensitive now, I blame that on self esteem training in public schools. Didn't get that when I was a kid, there were no partcipation trophies, and at football practice we got one ladle full of grass-filled water out of a common bucket. I am not a snowflake thank God.
I am glad that Mr. Brown has the intestinal fortitude to stick up for what he thinks. Speaking his mind is his right. The thing about Colin's actions is that he showed himself not to be a team player and that is important both as a football player and as a citizen of the United States. Colin, a multi-millionaire with amazing opportunities before him, has bitten the hand that feeds him. A dog doing that would be brought to the pound and that is almost where Colin finds himself now. That is our right.
This comment thread is 1000 times more passive than ESPN's. Over there you have Mike Rodak, a Patriot loving Bills writer who just demonized him. Now Buffalo has to deal with ignorance from the drama loving ESPN fanboys in the league. Props to all of you here for summorizing this article with intelligent opinions, and none of the hate. GO BILLS
If you play decently and project a good image, you might be signed. If you play so-so, want huge $$$, AND would be a PR problem/nightmare for your team, you won't be signed. NFL teams are worth hundreds of millions of $$$, why risk it?
Tim Tebow should be in the NFL, he's not. He is awkward as a player but he somehow wins. The NFL doesn't usually like that knd of player, they want a prototypical 6' 3" 225 QB with a cannon arm. Tebow is a good humble guy as a person, for some reason that is a controversy. He doesn't complain about the NFL, he just found another sport that wants him. Learn from it Kapernick you spoiled man-child. Reminds me of someone.
What everyone overlooks is that Kaepernick does not own the venue he is abusing. If he wants to go out into the parking lot and make a public speach or demonstration, fine. But the people there, who paid to be there, came for football. Kaepernick (and others) have not been granted special access to that venue for protests nor for political statements. What they do is an abuse of the venue and everyone else who is there. That is boorish and arrogant.