(National Sentinel) The Rules: In a rare but stunning display of bravery in today’s overtly politically-correct environment, when every act seen as denigrating America in the Age of Trump is hypocritically viewed as “patriotic” by the unhinged Left, NFL owners have voted to ban player kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
The decision comes on the heels of a 2017 season that saw record drops in revenue and viewership as fans by the millions were offended by the blatant acts of disrespect and turned the TV channel.
As reported by ESPN, whose Left-wing sportscasting staff will no doubt criticize the league’s decision (despite the fact that the network broadcasts Monday Night Football and paid billions for the rights to those games):
NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.
The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.
“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”
This ‘fad’ started when has-been quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s now out of the league but was with the San Francisco 49ers at the time, started kneeling during the anthem over claims that American cops are inherently racist against blacks and murder them at will.
Making a statement was one thing, but then Kaepernick carried it farther — into outright disrespect for all police officers, even showing up for one practice wearing socks featuring pigs in police hats.
Critics of this ruling will no doubt claim that it somehow “violates” the First Amendment’s freedom of speech protections.
Wrong. This isn’t a “speech” issue and it’s never been one.
It’s an issue of whether a private-sector business owner can require his employees to refrain from certain conduct deemed harmful to the business. And without question, kneeling players were driving fans away and costing the league — and owners — revenue.
In the same way that every other American worker can’t engage in activities that harm their employer, NFL owners have made a legitimate move to protect their businesses from harm.
If players want to “protest,” let them do it on their own time — not at games when they’re at work.
Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier won four Super Bowl championships with his team over the course of an 11-year career, one season of which was interrupted after he was drafted into the Army in 1968 and sent to Vietnam.
He lost part of a foot during a battle in Vietnam, but fought to get back in the league and did, going on to a Hall of Fame career.
Here’s what he said about the protests last year.
“It’s very simply this: This is a workplace, you are at the stadium, you are working that day, this is not a platform for protest,” Bleier, 71, told Yahoo Sports. “The American people, they can’t go to their workplace and start to protest about whatever may be happening in their life. That wouldn’t be allowed and that shouldn’t be allowed in the NFL.”
He added: “It’s not a violation of the First Amendment at all. You have off days, you can do it outside of the stadium or on other platforms, but not the gameday platform. It’s a very simple question and people are making it more complex than it really is.”
Spot-on. And the league agrees.
So will most fans.
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