Again this year we have a group of NFL players that are kneeling during the National Anthem and disrespecting our Flag and Country. Kansas City Chief’s Player Marcus Peters took a seat on the season opener against the Patriots.
There seems to be a real trend in this country with people who do not respect what the Flag means and what our great country stands for. These people have not served in our military and have no idea what it takes to earn the freedoms they have. Maybe they should be sent to North Korea and see what happens if they don’t stand for the flag there. It would be immediate death!
It is clear to me this will be a season to boycott any NFL game that has a player that cannot respect our country.
The people who play professional sports have a large salary and a stage that they can present their challenges to the public on. They can start non-profit organizations, they can do speeches about rights, and they can do fund-raiser activities for the group of their choice as long as it isn’t Antifa, the KKK or any other radical, racial organization.
Using the NFL as a place to stand and disrespect our country is unacceptable. Their agenda should not be allowed to be played out in front of our country. It is time NFL Team owners understood this. Condoning those actions is the same as agreeing with them. The owners are as guilty as those that disrespect our country.
When you work for a company you have no first amendment rights to speech, cannot speak your mind about politics and certainly cannot protest while getting paid. These are all offenses that they should be terminated for. The Kansas City Chiefs Football organization should be ashamed of Marcus Peters and use their power to fire him. I would expect the same action to occur from any NFL organization that is suffering from the same disease. Just in case your players don’t know what the flag stands for — The Pledge may help.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
I found a post by Sam Mancuso that says it quite well:
Protesting, disrespecting the flag during the national anthem is misguided, counterproductive, and divisive. The flag represents what America stands for, not the bad actions of a few bad apples who do not represent the flag or what America is about. Additionally, protesting in the workplace, while on company time, during work hours, while being paid to represent your employer, while wearing the employer’s uniform, counter to the employer’s wishes or policies is grounds for termination. This may seem harsh, but it is reality. You being a gifted NFL athlete earning millions of dollars doesn’t make you immune from this, or any more special than the guy hawking Dr. Pepper in the stands.
You do, of course, have the right to protest and won’t be jailed for it even if your employer terminates you. That’s the way it is. Actions and convictions do, however, have consequences, sometimes positive and sometimes not. Having said that, I personally think the cause these players are championing is a legitimate one. There are bad actors in positions of power and authority that abuse their position and can contaminate the culture of an organization which then spills out impacting broader society, or vice versa where bad elements of a broader society infiltrate and contaminate the culture of otherwise good, well-intentioned, organizations.
My suggestion to the concerned players; don’t disrespect the flag. The flag represents your rights to go after this issue in the first place. Remember; the flag stands for liberty and justice for all as articulated in and empowered by the US Constitution. Use your status, celebrity, network, means, to organize an effort, a movement, etc., to bring attention, build momentum, and pressure on the powers that be that can weed out the bad actors, and effect positive cultural change, and achieve justice. Do it on your time. I’m guessing that the NFL, your team owner, your teammates, and even the fans that are displeased by your disrespecting the flag will support you in approaching it in this manner. You will be more respected, more effective, more successful, and, I believe can achieve lasting, positive, and broad change.