(National Sentinel)Â 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 beÂ 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,” wroteÂ Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, inÂ The Washington Post, in response to POTUS Donald Trump’s tweeted recommendation that ownersÂ 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 â€” the ones who pay their salaries, in case weâ€™d all forgotten â€” lest we violate the Eleventy-Sixth Amendment:
â€œThe 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.â€
But apparently kneeling to protestÂ 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 banningÂ other forms of free speech that benefitted conservative causes?
A letter to the editor byÂ Robert Jackson of Melbourne, Florida, has gone viral. It listsÂ all the times other playersÂ wereÂ punished by the leagueÂ forÂ 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 leagueÂ 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 itÂ inside outÂ 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 byÂ Left-wing activist players who, anywhere else in the private sector would have beenÂ firedÂ for harming their employer. NFL ticket sales and viewershipÂ plunged last seasonÂ as protests surged.
What’s more, they’re hypocrites and cowards for picking and choosing which speech is andÂ is not okay.
The NFL is self-destructing. Good. Let it and then let American football be replaced by a professional league thatÂ respects the country andÂ all who live here.