Anti-American anthem protests marred the 2017 professional football season.
Fans were outraged when players continued protesting during the national anthem.
But while the NFL thought they resolved the issue in the offseason, this latest action shows the controversy is far from over.
The NFL Players Association, the union which represents NFL players, filed a grievance against the NFL in an effort to overturn the new anthem policy.
In May, NFL owners unanimously approved a policy that required players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem.
Many fans thought it still didn’t go far enough as it allowed players an option to remain in the locker room, if they chose to.
But the coddled millionaire athletes are refusing to go along with the program.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 10, 2018
Claiming the policy “infringes on player rights” shows the NFLPA still doesn’t get it.
Over the years the NFL routinely fines or threatens to fine players for practicing “free speech” on the field.
IJR pointed out five examples, though there are most certainly others:
Commemorating the lives lost on 9/11: Avery Williamson, a starting linebacker for the Tennessee team, hoped to wear a pair of specially-designed cleats at his team’s home opener Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but he backed off when a league rep vowed to fine him for violating the league’s uniform code.
Breast cancer awareness: Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams lost his mother to breast cancer. He requested to wear pink to honor her life and raise money for the cause. The NFL denied his request and fined him.
Honoring your late father: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was fined $5,787 for wearing eye black during a game that said “IRON” on one strip and “HEAD” on the other in honor of his father Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, a popular former running back who died in 2006 from bone cancer.
Slain police officers: After a bloody ambush by an anti-police extremist killed five Dallas police officers in cold blood, the Dallas Cowboys requested the ability to honor the officers and all police by wearing a decal. The NFL said no.
Domestic violence: Steelers cornerback William Gay lost his mother to domestic violence incident as a child. He wore purple cleats to commemorate her life and bring awareness to the issue. He was fined.
The NFL certainly hopes more players won’t bring attention to that last issue . . .
Where was the NFLPA to stand up for these players’ rights? **crickets**
The truth is, the NFLPA could care less about “free speech” unless it’s within the realm of anti-American social justice warriors like Colin Kaepernick who disrespect the flag and our national anthem.
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