NFLPA issues statement supporting players’ First Amendment Rights: “We….cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects”

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport Jersey Girl Sports fam, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spoken. He made it VERY clear that any player who takes a knee during the national anthem will not play with the team. While the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will not penalize players for taking a peaceful stance, Jones is instituting a mandate, further igniting discussions about this protest and the ideas of patriotism and nationalism. Let's be clear, this protest is about police brutality, injustice and racism--the things Jones is NOT talking about. Now the NFLPA has responded, basically backing players' rights which don't end when they join a team.
NFL players are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations. Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention. It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other.  

We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.  

So, what would Jerry do if half or the majority of his team decided to kneel during the anthem? Would he pull them off the team? Would he forfeit the game and not allow them to play? The fact that he would even make such  a statement is the very reason players are taking a knee in the first place. Yes, as an employer he has a right to issue a mandate, but if it turns out that his players decide to get 'woke', the joke will be on him. Perhaps he knows that they won't protest during the anthem. Perhaps he already knows that they value their paycheck over their rights. What do you think?

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