I cannot believe what I was seeing on the Fox NFL pre-game show. The panelists were all bashing the President’s remarks about players taking a knee during the national anthem. Terry Bradshaw does not know the anything about the first amendment. What he does not understand is what the NFL, the players, the union doesn’t understand coming to the defense of the players who kneel is free speech does have consequences.
The first amendment does not make anyone immune from the consequences of their actions when their speech is repulsive to the people or if the President disagrees. It is just words he said, if he had them arrested for their speech or sent troops to bully the players to stand for the national anthem against their will. Then I would oppose the President if he did that. The POTUS did not infringe on the player’s right to free speech. He was just showing his passion opposing what the players were doing,
NFL TV ratings are in the tank compared to last season and attendance at the stadiums are at an all-time low. This could be the consequence of the players disrespecting our national heritage. While players were commended by the league for taking a knee. Other athletes were threatened with fines for wearing apparel on game day to commemorate and remember Sept 11th.
Something is wrong with the league when defiling the nation’s flag that gives them the freedom to disrespect our heritage and flag. No wonder the fans are walking away when the very values they hold dear are being trashed by the players.
The NFL used to be a pure Americana institution, a blue-collar American tradition seen every Sunday on TV after church. I disagree with the players taking a knee during the national anthem. It is their right to free speech and how they protested was the most disrespectful way to do it. We do have our problems that need to be dealt with. No country is perfect. Our country does have a history of atrocities. I just hope the players understand is out of these tragedies that are a scourge on our history. Through the constitutional process, we have corrected these injustices over time. Few nations have that freedom to correct injustice. Try taking a knee during Cuba’s national anthem before a soccer game protesting Raul Castro’s human rights abuses. They would be arrested and executed really fast.
The first amendment protects unpopular speech as well as popular rhetoric. The President has a right to speak his mind like anyone else. He is perfectly fine accepting the fallout that will come. I do not hear him complain about his speech being attacked. The President did not infringe on anyone’s right to free speech. He was just voicing his displeasure, which is no way an attack on free speech.
If the POTUS sent the FBI agents to arrest all the players for taking a knee during the national anthem. Put them on a transport plane and send them to GITMO. Even though I despise the players for disrespecting the flag. I would have a real problem if the President arrested them because of their speech regardless of what they did was disrespectful to do. I will still stand up for their right to make a complete fool of themselves. Freedom of speech is American as apple pie.
Who is being divisive? To me, it was the players who took a knee that drew first blood enraging the fan base insulting their patriotism. To accuse the President remarks being repulsive is hogwash. The President was just reacting to the actions of the players who showed disrespect to the nation he holds dear to his heart.
I have some strong advice to the players of the NFL and the league. Count the cost of your actions. Starbucks Coffee took a hit for disrespecting veterans and pro-family Americans. If the organization does not have an epiphany about the backlash coming, then the NFL, the acronym for the National Football League will now be NO FANS LEFT. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That means the consequences of their deeds.
I do not see the league taking any responsibility to correct the players. Too bad, Football is pure Americana the NFL is destroying. The late coach Vince Lombardi must be rolling over in his grave now. What is your opinion?