Regardless of what officials may think about the protests, the First Amendment prohibits the government from discriminating against individuals and organizations based on the content of their speech and the viewpoints they express.
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the ad reads. Kaepernick tweeted out the first glimpse of it on Monday. The multiyear deal includes Kaepernick apparel, a shoe and T-shirt, and Nike will also donate money to Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” campaign, according to the New York Times.
What does kneeling have to do with police brutality or other “social injustice,” the stated reasons these protests began? Their message has been drowned out by the fact that most Americans have interpreted their actions as being anti-American and disrespectful to U.S. servicemen.
The NFL’s new “anthem policy” requires players to “respect” the flag and the national anthem or stay in the locker room until it is played. The NFL refers to this as a compromise — it was anything but. This was a mandate, not a decision arrived at through a collaborative process. Despite claiming that they […]
No more kneeling, holding hands, crossing arms, whatever some players, especially Black players, did before games last season to protest racial injustices and police brutality, among other things.
The National Football League is now the first U.S. major professional league with a national anthem policy. Last week, 30 of the league’s 32 team owners approved a new rule mandating that all team personnel – especially players – must stand while the national anthem is played before games.
Many NFL owners are brilliant businessmen. Most are billionaires and usually, to protect their wealth, they seek state and federal stadium subsidies. They get their way by becoming loyal supporters of politicians in Washington. Some of them have had issues with our president, Donald Trump, but with the congressional body of Washington politics, both the […]
News Analysis The Super Bowl is a reflection of the reality of race, class, and status in America. Coaches used to be fond of saying that sports don’t build character, it’s a reflection of character. Sports is also a reflection of society. The Take a Knee movement inspired by Colin Kaepernick has exposed a very […]
Last year the Patriots pulled off the most incredible comeback in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. On Sunday, the Vikings pulled off the most remarkable ending ever, as they snatched victory from the Saints in the first NFL playoff game that ended in regulation on the last play, a walk off touchdown — […]
Caution, read at your own risk it, as may make you “feel some kind of way.” Vice President Pence; Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones; ESPN; President Trump; the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell; corporate America; and the one percent are all ganging up on a handful of Black professional athletes and a sports personality. Why? Because […]