Another season is here for the National Football League (NFL) and another season of multimillion dollar babies not standing to respect our country. It is not about free speech, it is about the NFL not policing the players. Now let me say this, the average player makes $860,000 per year in 2015, so not all of them are multimillion dollar babies.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of himself for not standing up for America first. He has claimed in the past that it is not an enforceable action for the NFL to take. Please tell us Commissioner why it is not enforceable? It seems that the NFL can hand out fines for uniform violations, end zone celebrations, fighting, the way the players interact on the field with the referees, and actually other things I haven’t mentioned. But, this isn’t enforcable, really?
I believe it has more to do with revenue than with being enforceable. It seems that the NFL is more concerned about the bottom line than with the best in line for our country. Here, one of the most watched and followed sports in America has the chance to say enough is enough and do something positive for our nation, and they don’t do anything except let the disrespect go on.
The sponsors are caught in the middle of this issue as well are the owners. The sponsors have to answer to their board members and the owners have to answer to their fans. The owners hands are tied by the NFL.
Then there is the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). I am sure they want to stay as neutral as possible so they do not hurt their image with the players, the NFL or the fans.
Now, let’s just say a little about the freedom os speech thing. I agree we all have freedom of speech WHEN WE ARE NOT ON THE PAYROLL OF SOMEONE ELSE. These football players are employees of their teams and are paid by the teams, through a process of the owners sharing profits, which is another issue.
The players should have to act in accordance with what the teams want, not what the players want. In North Carolina you can lose your job by doing “your thing” while on the time clock of your employor. Heck, some have lost their jobs for doing their thing while they were not on the time clock.
I would like to see the sponsors stand up for our country and start pulling ads from the television networks and the NFL.
The owners should start including in the contracts of the player conditions that the player has to stand for the national anthem and show the proper respect for the flag as defined by national protocol. If it is in the contract then at least the fans and the sponsors know if the teams are patriotic or not, depending on how the teams take care of the issue.
If the player violates this contract he could be suspended by the team, fined by the team or be fired by the team without penalty to the team. In other words, the team would not have to finish paying out the players contract.
As a last effort the NFL teams should remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. After it is finished they should come onto the field.
Now in closing let me say this. I understand this is a very complicated issue, however it would seem the NFL really does not want to take care of the problem. If the NFL does not want to take care if it, maybe it is time for others to force the NFL to take care of these multimillion dollar babies that think their demonstration is more important than showing respect for our nation.
I would be amiss if I didn’t take this time to say thank you to the many players that respect our country and our flag at the beginning of each game.
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