The NFL has come out with a policy, which requires NFL players to stand for the National Anthem. I agree with the policy because there are a lot of NFL fans who are totally turned off by the players kneeling. Many of the people I know who have been life long NFL fans and especially those NFL fans who have a connection to the military, they will never be okay with player kneeling during the National Anthem. They equate that with disrespecting the flag and the men and women who gave their lives to protect us and the freedoms we enjoy.
An employer should be able to decide when an employee can and cannot protest during the work day. You can’t let employees decide that they’re going to protest whenever and wherever they want.
My father, who is a man whom I deeply respect and love is a Korean War Veteran. I was raised to respect the flag and what it represented.
I understand that the players want to see the problems and issues between the African American community and the criminal justice system addressed, but what exactly is going to be achieved by players continuing to kneel during the National Anthem. That has been done and the NFL owners have agreed to help current players to approach our country’s leaders about these social justice issues.
I think the NFL owners have bent over backwards to let players make their point. They also have agreed to help the players going forward.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released the following statement.
“I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.”
The NBA has never let their players take a knee during the National Anthem. I don’t hear their policy being criticized. In most jobs, you can’t just decide you’re going to protest while you’re at your job working. In most situations, you can’t just decide you’re going to protest whenever and wherever you want to.
Should every business owner in America be forced to allow their employees to decide they’re going to protest whenever they want? This is the question we must answer as a country.
It’s not taking away anybody constitutional rights to not allow players to kneel during the National Anthem.