Over the course of the past few years, especially last season, the NFL has suffered greatly because of its ridiculous actions to allow players to kneel for and disrespect America’s national anthem before every game.
Over this past off-season, the NFL finally implemented a (weak) no-kneeling rule, instead banishing players to locker rooms while the song plays. But apparently that wasn’t good enough for the NFL Player’s Union thugs…
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On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association announced that it would file a grievance on behalf of kneeling players. The NFLPA stated:
The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon.
Now, why would it violate the collective bargaining agreement for the NFL to mandate that if players come onto the field during the national anthem, they must stand for the anthem? It doesn’t. NFL contracts include this provision:
He agrees to give his best efforts and loyalty to the Club, and to conduct himself on and off the field with appropriate recognition of the fact that the success of professional football depends largely on public respect for and approval of those associated with the game.
Now, it’s arguable as to whether kneeling for the anthem ought to diminish respect for and approval of the game — but there’s little question that from the NFL’s perspective, it has. The NFL’s ratings are down, polls show wide disapproval for kneeling for the anthem, and it’s perfectly sensible to create rules that both respect NFL players who don’t want to stand for the anthem and the NFL’s rights to present a public product that doesn’t alienate fans.
But the NFLPA wants its headlines, and it will get its headlines. President Trump, to be sure, will be overjoyed at the continuation of this controversy. The NFL, on the other hand, won’t.
Doug Herrington Who the hell cares,not me anymore.I am sure that the NFL doesn't care about me or my feelings,but then I quit watching or supporting them. So they don't care about me,and I don't care about the NFL.
Nelda Nazary If they take a knee they can just stay down there for all I care! We don't watch these antiAmericans on our tv that we bought and paid for!
Michael Scott They are on the company’s clock…they can kneel when they get off work . I was employed as a school teacher. What would happen if I chose to kneel in my classroom while Pledge is being recited?
Lorene Caldwell To much drama in America. No one is grateful for anything. So many of the athletics would be on the poverty line instead they are millionaires and none of them appreciate anything. They spit in the faces of their country and God.
Karen Ann We will not be watching NFL football for the second season coming up soon. We don't need your negativity and we all have choices in this life. You will not be missed one bit. Good riddance to bad rubbish.