The national anthem thing involving NFL players was in the process of dying down until the Tweeter In Chief injected life into it. I watch the NFL because I like the strategy and the action and don't give a damn about who sits, who kneels, and who stays in the locker room. As long as my two favorite quarterbacks Brady and Rodgers are slinging it, I don't care about peripheral issues.
I do think one thing needs to be mentioned about this: The First Amendment to the Constitution does NOT say, "Your employer can't can your ass if you say something they don't like." Have 99% of the people who cry "First Amendment" ever read these words?
|Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.|
The First Amendment guarantees that you can't be thrown in jail for expressing your opinions. It doesn't say anything about other consequances. Colin Kaepernick has not been jailed for his sitting and kneeling (or for supporting the murderous dictators Castro), but no one is required to give him a job. Yes I despise him, but that is because he made the Packers look foolish in a playoff game, not because of his political views.
I admit I don't want him on my team, but I'm going to claim (you can choose whether or not to believe me) it is because the job of being an NFL quarterback requires extreme attention to detail, and he doesn't have time in his busy Social Justice Warrior schedule to be an NFL quarterback. Brady has done everything he can to avoid being drawn into the political arena after the fourth estate pounced on his indiscretion of displaying a hat from a golfing buddy who happened to be running for President. Since then everyone has assumed Brady is a Trump supporter, but will someone please point me to any statement by Brady supporting any of Trump's policy agenda. Brady's roles in life are father, husband, philanthropist, NFL quarterback, and TB12 pitchman (hopefully in that order), and he doesn't have the time or inclination to be controversial.
Maybe a player at another position could pull off being a part-time player and part-time SJW, but not a quarterback. I don't think the skepticism surrounding Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett regarding his fictionalized account of a confrontation with Vegas police has affected his performance on the field. Maybe Kaepernick should switch positions. Punters and kickers have plenty of free time.