Originally Posted by Tiger-Heli
For me personally, I support the player's right to protest and not stand during the national anthem.
If you want to get REALLY technical.. and maybe it's not even technical, per se, but rather just a matter of should or should't.......... they don't necessarily have 'the right' to do anything.... they are a professional team under contract which includes certain rules of conduct. They give up their personal rights to promote and adhere to team conduct. They have the right to get drunk and get a hooker, but their conduct policy says they can't do that.
I heard on the radio today a little about this topic... of other circumstances where the NFL prohibited the players from expressing any kind of statement, be it political or not...
a couple examples...
1) Dallas (I believe it was) wanted to show support for the police officers gunned down in the line of duty....... NFL said no.
2) A player wanted to wear some pink in support for his mom with breast cancer.. NFL said no.
Ok, so those are actually the only ones I remember.. but the point is they were not allowed to even express non political sentiment... in support for their fans and communities...
So dissing the entire country is OK to the NFL? I highly doubt it. But which headline is less of a bomb to the NFL..... team kneels during anthem or NFL stomps on individual rights and prohibits team from expressing freedom of speech? If I'm the NFL I'd rather let the individual team take the hit and not the entire organization.
NFL hates the Patriots anyways...
As far as Hyundai.. maybe they should have stayed silent, but they took a neutral position.. if you're really going to read into it too much and boycott them and not buy their cars anymore...... well, that's your right too.. although it's a bit nonsense.
This is just why people should keep politics out of........ well, everything except politics. An NFL team kneeling during the anthem isn't going to do anything for social change/justice/what the **** ever. It will just piss people off.
Just play the game...... that's all they're there for. Nobody cares what your political view is. Just want to see you chase the ball around the field like monkeys and be entertained.