Even though kneeling during the national anthem offends vets who happen to agree with the kneelers on some issues, the NFLPA has filed a grievance over the league’s new policy on the act. According to Sports Illustrated, the union doesn’t care about the vets, they only care about pushing their false narrative and agenda on national TV.
The new rules say that players are “to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner” and this has angered the whiners on the left. They seem to be blind to the fact that they are at work while playing for the N.F.L., so all speech is the league’s not the players. They are free to say (and kneel) on their own time. This is a stunning move for some, but fully expected by those who know how SJW’s tend to act.
Already, the player is fully allowed to make his statement by remaining in the locker room. The N.F.L. did NOT force anyone to pledge to anything.
“Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. 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,” the union griped.
They added, “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.”
Litigation? While there are still a plethora of activist judges ruling from the bench, in the age (and rising popularity) of more common sense views in the Trump era, the outcome may not end as the union wishes.
There are two distinct issues at play here.
First of all, most of what is being protested about during the kneeling is pure poppycock. Yes, America has far, far too many laws, our 4th Amendment looks like it was dragged behind a street racing car, and the 2nd Amendment looks worse. Studies have proven no racism when criminals are shot by cops (which is what caused the kneeling).
The man selling cigarettes (Eric Garner) who was killed actually did not deserve his death and the cops were likely wrong. However, he was choked, not shot, and he is not often named as one of the reasons for the kneeling.
Second of all, while anyone has the right to speak as they wish when they wish, doing so has consequences. If a person breaks the rules at work, they may be fired, even if they did nothing illegal.
These players are forgetting this vital nuance as they complain. They are free to tweet, speak, or kneel as they wish on their own time, not the N.F.L.’s time (which is several million dollars a minute, according to some estimates).
As the season approaches and training time begins, it remains to be seen if the N.F.L. will wisely stand by their just ruling. If not, the fans are more than ready to boycott again.