NFL Moves to Strip Players of First Amendment Rights

As Chris Long, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and one of the few white NFL players to join the protests, wrote on Twitter, “This is fear of a diminished bottom line. It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. These owners don’t love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it,” he continued. “It also lets you, the fan, know where our league stands.” [The Daily Beast]

ANYONE WHO has ever been in a union — I used to be a member of 5 performance unions — knows what needs to be done.

The NFL players and their Association must choose to kneel together.

If stars like (don’t laugh) Tom Brady locked arms, stood up to this cabal of billionaire bullies, and refused to let the NFL get away with this profit-guarding nonsense, it would end quickly. Maybe then the NFL would grudgingly come to accept that its plummeting TV ratings had far more to do with an overexposed, subpar product and cord-cutting than any (false) question of a political backlash, and more to the point, that the backlash is never going away, regardless of what they do.

The players have all the power here. The twofold question is: Do they know it, and will they use it?

Use it or lose it, boys.

The NFL has no right to strip away the First Amendment from players just because our braying White House occupant wants to churn up mass division in this country.