(National Sentinel) Self-Destruct: During the height of the NFL ‘kneeling’ controversy last season, in which players from nearly every team ‘took a knee’ during the playing of the National Anthem in ‘protest’ of a myth, there was no shortage of Left-wing hacks who weighed in that it should be protected free speech.
“The threat to free-speech rights from the White House is unmistakable. If NFL owners do as the president asks, no matter what justification they give, the bedrock principle that the government cannot abridge the free-speech rights of individuals will have been breached,” wrote Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, in The Washington Post, in response to POTUS Donald Trump’s tweeted recommendation that owners punish protesters with suspensions.
The Conservative Tribune noted:
Apparently, NFL players have an unalienable right to absolute freedom of speech in the workplace. It seems that no player can face reproach for offending the fans — the ones who pay their salaries, in case we’d all forgotten — lest we violate the Eleventy-Sixth Amendment:
“The right of a well-remunerated group of athletes to kneel during the national anthem in protest of some formless goal, being necessary for something that Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith can pontificate about for nigh on 15 minutes every Monday morning, shall not be abridged.”
But apparently kneeling to protest America is the only form of ‘protected’ speech in the NFL.
Where was Suzanne and the rest of these Left-wing hacks when the league was banning other forms of free speech that benefitted conservative causes?
A letter to the editor by Robert Jackson of Melbourne, Florida, has gone viral. It lists all the times other players were punished by the league for other forms of speech.
Like in 2012 when QB Tim Tebow was criticized for kneeling in prayer before every game and for wearing the Biblical reference John 3:16 as part of his eye blackout, which the league eventually made him take off.
Or when wideout Brandon Marshall was fined in 2013 for wearing green cleats “to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.”
Or when QB Robert Griffin III (RG3) came into a post-game press conference wearing a t-shirt that said, “Know Jesus Know Peace,” and was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform Nazi before he spoke to reporters.
In 2016 the league prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet commemorating five Dallas police officers who were ambushed and killed by a black activist.
“So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression all of a sudden,” Jackson wrote in closing.
It’s disgusting that Commissioner Roger Goodell and cowardly owners have allowed the NFL to be hijacked by Left-wing activist players who, anywhere else in the private sector would have been fired for harming their employer. NFL ticket sales and viewership plunged last season as protests surged.
What’s more, they’re hypocrites and cowards for picking and choosing which speech is and is not okay.
The NFL is self-destructing. Good. Let it and then let American football be replaced by a professional league that respects the country and all who live here.