If you have opened Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the radio, or tuned into any news station in the last two weeks then you have seen the fiery controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
They are doing so as a peaceful protest in what they claim will bring awareness to police brutality. According to the 1st amendment, they have every right to peacefully protest.
Here is where the problem comes in: they are doing so on the job, and they are doing so during the national anthem. Although I do not agree with their protest, I would not have a problem if they did it before or after the national anthem. Actually, to make it even better, they should do it off the field completely.
People watch football to get away from politics, not find themselves being slapped in the face and smack dab in the middle of a racial battle.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a thing or to to say about the protests.
He said, “I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” Jones continued, “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it.”
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was gentler in his response.
“I think we have to celebrate their right to express themselves, as every American does,” Blank told Fox Business.
President Trump stirred the pot over the anthem protests when he slammed players at a Friday rally in Alabama.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b —- off the field right now? Out! He’s fired!” Trump said to the crowd.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend of kneeling for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games last year to protest the “treatment of blacks in the United States.”
What do you think? Do you agree with Jones?
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