The upcoming NFL season will test how seriously the NFL took the fan backlash from the anti-American national anthem protests.
With the implementation of a new rule that bans players from kneeling during the anthem, nobody knows how these players are going to react to the new guidelines – whether they’ll be more defiant, or actually abide by it.
But one NFL star just shut down all of those players who are planning on protesting with four little words.
Adam “Pacman” Jones is one of the Cincinnati Bengals best players.
He recently spoke to TMZ at Los Angeles International Airport and they asked him how he felt about standing for the anthem.
Pacman said, “I’m all for standing for the anthem. I have a couple of family members that have been over to Iraq.”
When he elaborated on the anthem-kneeling, the Pro Bowl player said if players want to pursue social change,they need to “figure out another way.”
This might just be the wisest comment perpetuated by an NFL player on this particular issue.
Protesting for social causes can be noble, but not when it comes to kneeling during our national anthem. It’s a slap in the face to every American whose family members and ancestors have literally given their lives to protect our basic freedoms.
And now some players are complaining that being required to stand is a violation of their “free speech.”
But this is not a “free speech” issue.
The NFL is a private entity and can set a code of conduct for how officials, coaches, and players must adhere while on league time.
But that doesn’t matter to some players who disagree with the new rule.
Russell Okung of the San Diego Chargers said, “I think the NFL has proven that they want to work unilaterally, without consulting us on issues regarding our [collective bargaining agreement. They’re trying to change working conditions without consulting us, so we’ll see where it goes.”
What he doesn’t get is that players don’t need to be “consulted” by their employers,because they are employees.
Imagine if you managed a fast-food restaurant and your cashiers expressed their political affiliation and how they’re frustrated with the current climate with every costumer.
First of all, that would be bizarre. But more importantly, wouldn’t you as the consumer be completely caught off guard by a comment about politics when you just want a number two with a large fry and coke?
On the job isn’t the time or place for that sort of discourse.
Nevertheless, these anthem-kneeling players are forcibly using their platform as famous athletes to advocate for an ambiguous cause.
It’s ambiguous because nobody can seem to agree as to why they’re kneeling.
Are they protesting for police brutality towards minorities, or is it their overwhelming hatred for President Trump?
Okung also added, “Whether it’s in this locker room or in others, I’ve gotten multiple calls. A lot of players are frustrated with the policy the NFL is trying to enforce here.”
Well they better get used to being frustrated because the First Amendment of the US Constitution doesn’t apply to one’s work environment policies.
You can’t just go around using foul language about politics at your job.
This is no different.
Like Pacman Jones said, they should find another way. It’s really that simple.