NFL: Flag decal on helmet can’t be removed

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NFL players aren’t required to stand for the national anthem. However, they are required to display the American flag on their helmets.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT that players are not permitted to remove the flag decal that appears on the back of every player’s helmet.

The rule likely has more to do with the NFL’s insistence of uniformity, especially since the NFL does not require players to stand for the anthem. The league wants all players to look and dress the same, with limited exceptions tied to breast cancer awareness games in October and the Salute to Service every November.

So if/when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick plays on Thursday night in San Diego, and whenever he plays in the NFL moving forward, he’ll wear a helmet that displays a symbol that he has decided not to honor by standing during the playing of the national anthem.

113 responses to “NFL: Flag decal on helmet can’t be removed

  1. What’s to stop him from flipping the flag upside down? This shows the country in a state of distress, which is what his point is getting at. It would comply with the NFL rule, but still make his point.

  2. Perfect. Now he has an excuse for why he won’t come back after he gets cut but rather sit home and collect $11.9 million. Nice work if you can get it

  3. Been waiting for someone to mention this. Good for the NFL NFL has that right. Can’t wait to hear the retractors on this one. Maybe Colin just is against Large flags.

  4. ..”The rule likely has more to do with the NFL’s insistence of uniformity, especially since the NFL does not require players to stand for the anthem.”..

    Yea, I don’t agree.

    The NFL prospers in this country.
    That is why the flag is there in the first place.

    Uniformity is secondary.

  5. He can’t flip it upside down. That would violate the uniform rule of everyone’s uniform being the same. Besides, Kaepernick is in distress, not the country. Well, it’s not perfect country but which one is.

  6. “…he’ll wear a helmet that displays a symbol that he has decided not to honor by standing during the playing of the national anthem.”

    If… and its a big “IF”…he truly believes the drivel he is spewing, he will refuse to play and forfeit his salary. This would at least show that he has the courage of his convictions.
    Or he can go ahead and play, which will so us all that he was merely grandstanding, like we thought.

  7. I honestly don’t want Krap wearing an American Flag anywhere on his uniform. He doesn’t deserve that honor. Nor do any other NFL players that want to spew their anti-American stance on the football field.

  8. Please stop making kapernick appear to be more than the washed up 3rd string, gimmick qb who he is. without football and the flag in which it operates under this tool would be lucky to make 30 grand a year.

  9. jwcarlson says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM
    Of course they can’t. The government’s probably paying them $100 a helmet per game to have that thing on there

    The Government doesn’t pay the NFL..
    The NFL just doesn’t pay Taxes.

    How American!

  10. I like the play without helmet move.
    After all his reasoning is like someone who has taken too many hits to the head without his Helmet.

    Go do your protest in a “proper” venue!

    Asshat!

    .

  11. Kap will be playing for the Vikings soon. All his lunatic antics will seem like normal behavior on that team.

  12. “So if/when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick plays…, he’ll wear a helmet that displays a symbol that he has decided not to honor…”

    – Unless he covers up said symbol with a piece of colored tape

  13. U.S. paper money has the Seal of the United States on it. I think if Kap should pull all of his money out of the bank and further his protest cause by returning ALL of it…

  14. So, the 49ers play in San Diego tonight where there is a huge percentage of the population represented by the US Navy and Marine corps. I just wonder what the reaction will be when Colin Kaepernick steps on the field…

  15. So funny how people hold the constitution in such high regard. It’s nothing but words on a price of paper. Just like so many of those broken treaties. Yet when someone exercises his “freedom of expression”, they get publicly persecuted. Further prove that the constitution doesn’t apply to everyone. Like at second amendment crap.

  16. I’m a lifelong 49ers fan but tonight I say Go Chargers!! From now on I will be rooting for whatever team plays against the 49ers until that lowlife Kapperdik is cut.

  17. Is the ACLU aware of this blatant example of The Man ‘oppressing’ the minions? How dare the league insist that uniforms be…uniform

  18. The people who are raising complaints about how players cannot remove a decal of the American flag from a football helmet are the same ones who react with shock that we are now living in an increasingly divided country.

  19. Kapearnick about to remove flag decal from helmet…….

    *glass shatters, music hits*

    Announcer : Bah gawd, thats Goodell’s music!!!! The commissioner is in the building!”

  20. themage78 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM
    What’s to stop him from flipping the flag upside down? This shows the country in a state of distress, which is what his point is getting at. It would comply with the NFL rule, but still make his point.

    ——

    Love it! One of the best scenes from Big Bang Theory is when Sheldon softly sighs and then turns the apartment flag upside down when Howard’s rocket fuel is about to explode. Well, that and any scene with Penny.

  21. Dear People,

    This issue is not about the flag. That is a symbol of “American freedom.” But that freedom is not for all people to be able to do the most basic of things, like drive and not be executed over an expired registration, and the murderer(s) get exonerated, desk duty and paid leave. What would happen if all Americans were subject to that behavior, regardless of color, ethnicity or occupation?

    I’m a US Navy veteran and support Colin Kaepernick. It takes balls for him to do what he did. I hope other superstar athletes do the same. There are some anonymous NFL execs who called Colin a traitor, but their punk asses won’t reveal their identities! If other Black athletes decide not to stand, then what? Are these candy ass execs going to get out there and play? These very athletes are the reason the execs get paid big bucks! So, they’d better watch themselves.

    The NFL is NOT exempt from racism. If it were so, then there would not be a need for the Rooney Rule. So, shut up punks!

    The issue is about the atrocities that continue to happen to Black people in America by those sworn under the flag to serve and protect, with no retribution. I’m proud to see so many veterans of various ethnicities tell racists to keep us vets and the flag out of your evil ways of thinking.

    Ryan Lochte humiliated and pissed on two nations, three teammates, and entire Olympic team and what did he get? A trip to “Dancing With The Stars!” It’s something that can benefit him alone. Meanwhile, Kaepernick has sacrificed his career to speak up for disenfranchised people. You tell me who the bigger hero is?

    Go Navy!

  22. The NFL’s use of the flag, as an adornment on their helmets, is against the US Flag Code. The code was amended in 1976 to allow small pins and patches to be worn over the left breast.

  23. the irony here is kaepernick isn’t relevant. he was a flash in the pan and is now a shell of his former self.

    who cares what he thinks or does ?

    it’s not like he’s an elite qb who actually leads his team, controls the offense, controls the locker room, etc.

    kaepernick’s protest is a few steps above a homeless guy on a vent protesting.

  24. These are the sames owners/commissioner who charged Dept of Defense millions of dollars for Military displays during games all while being tax exempt on the profits they made from the DoD. Good job America.

  25. jags2daship says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:56 AM

    Somebody needs to knee cap Kapernick tonight. Send that punk to retirement.
    ============================

    That would trigger the ‘Injury’ clause in his contract and guarantee his income for at least another year.

  26. So can we address why we are ignoring the fact that you give up your first amendment rights at your place of work? It is usually in a contract.

    We will ignore that though bc it’s convenient and we will ride this story in until the regular season when this guy is cut.

  27. it can’t be removed but can a player put a black sticker over it to cover it up, the way the players put a sticker over the nike apparel during press conferences if they have endorsements with other companies like under armor.

  28. jags2daship says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:56 AM
    Somebody needs to knee cap Kapernick tonight. Send that punk to retirement.
    —————————————————————-

    Would it be nice if Kap told you he wanted you to slip into the french fries fryer and burn at your Burger King job?

  29. My question upon reading the headline was: “Can’t” as in it’s physically impossible to remove it, or “can’t” as in he’s not allowed to remove it “or else?”

    Of course the article answers that question: it’s a rule.

    So “he’ll wear a helmet that displays a symbol that he has decided not to honor by standing during the playing of the national anthem.”

    This is true, unless, of course…he decides to remove it anyway. I for one hope he does.

    “Sick to my guts of the American RUSE!!!”

  30. With every anti-Colin post, who btw at this moment is an American Hero, re-affirms my basic thoughts on bigots. The Man CLEARLY stated His protest was not about any flag. But like the true bigots you are, your lying narrative takes over.

  31. clayjtitan66 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:03 PM
    This country is turning into 1930″s Germany.
    Remind me who the troops are protecting us from?

    10 19
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    So now we all know you failed world history! I am glad Colin protested as he did, but the reactions of the dumbed down masses is very shocking, but then again I respect the law, my elders, have manners, and treat people as I want to be treated. The troops,will,protect you the minute you call 911 and it’s a shame they have to!

  32. One of the things lost in this entire debate is that the US Military is one of the NFL’s largest advertisers. It was swept under the rug last year, but it was discovered that all of the NFL’s pre-game “Tributes to the Military” were paid for by the military. Not to mention, the US Armed Forces is the one of the largest advertiser in America, right up there with Coke, Pepsi and McDonald’s. Because the military needs more press, I guess.

  33. It’s time to require players to stand at attention for the anthem. This BS has gone on long enough.

  34. How can anyone take Kap seriously when he wore a Fidel Castro shirt the other day? Castro oppressed and killed hundreds of thousands. So uneducated. #loser

  35. Many people — especially younger ones — need to sit down with elderly people who came here from all over the world decades ago with their families to build a life in America. They need to learn how the fathers of these people eagerly joined the service in WWII to fight, often against the very nations they came from.
    They need to ask them what our National Anthem and our flag mean to them and what it meant to their fathers and mothers.
    Kaepernick needs to do this, too.
    It’s a sad thing when some Americans — who have no concept of what it really means to live in this country — tear it down without even a snippet of knowledge of how the freedoms they take for granted came to be.
    This country is not perfect. It has made many mistakes. But it’s still the brightest concept ever designed by man to allow millions of people to live together despite their differences.
    No matter what Kaepernick thinks, blacks are fortunate — as we all are — to be living in this great nation. If he’d only realize how counter-productive his actions are, he’d be a lot better off.

  36. Winning fixes all. All Kaep has to do is win alot of games this year and this crap will be forgotten. Right or wrong he’s free to do what he wants. Or isn’t that what freedom is? It sure doesn’t sound like it according to some of these posters.

  37. Does anybody really care about this? The media is making it out to be a big deal because of the backlash.. but there’s only backlash because Kap is a douche and nobody likes him.

  38. dcpatfan says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:34 PM
    With every anti-Colin post, who btw at this moment is an American Hero, re-affirms my basic thoughts on bigots. The Man CLEARLY stated His protest was not about any flag. But like the true bigots you are, your lying narrative takes over.

    ————
    Are you claiming Kaep is an American Hero?

    Dude is nothing but a whining, sniveling child who is upset because he is not as good at QB as those around him led him to believe…..

  39. themage78 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM
    What’s to stop him from flipping the flag upside down? This shows the country in a state of distress, which is what his point is getting at. It would comply with the NFL rule, but still make his point.

    What part of “Flag decal on helmet can’t be removed” DONT YOU UNDERSTAND. In order to turn the flag upside down IT HAS TO BE REMOVED. There is still no medical cure for STUPID.

  40. “jags2daship says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:56 AM
    Somebody needs to knee cap Kapernick tonight. Send that punk to retirement.”

    But you probably think Trump saying America isn’t great is just fine….

  41. demskinsbaby says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:04 PM
    So funny how people hold the constitution in such high regard. It’s nothing but words on a price of paper. Just like so many of those broken treaties. Yet when someone exercises his “freedom of expression”, they get publicly persecuted. Further prove that the constitution doesn’t apply to everyone. Like at second amendment crap.

    Ahh, we have the right under the 1st to speak our minds as well. Apparently you want to remove our right to protest Colin? Here’s the difference, we are supporting our country, our troops and our flag. Just not supporting Colin.

    Funny how that worked out isn’t it?

    And to that guys who’s sick of the American RUSE, you got a chain around your ankle? Do us all a favor, walk East or West but just keep walking until you find a better place. Please send us a postcard when you find it so we can join you in Nirvana. Here’s a tip, when the water starts tasting salty, keep walking, you’re getting closer.

  42. whodatnhollywood says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:16 PM

    Dear People,

    This issue is not about the flag. That is a symbol of “American freedom.” But that freedom is not for all people to be able to do the most basic of things, like drive and not be executed over an expired registration, and the murderer(s) get exonerated, desk duty and paid leave. What would happen if all Americans were subject to that behavior, regardless of color, ethnicity or occupation?

    I’m a US Navy veteran and support Colin Kaepernick. It takes balls for him to do what he did. I hope other superstar athletes do the same. There are some anonymous NFL execs who called Colin a traitor, but their punk asses won’t reveal their identities! If other Black athletes decide not to stand, then what? Are these candy ass execs going to get out there and play? These very athletes are the reason the execs get paid big bucks! So, they’d better watch themselves.

    The NFL is NOT exempt from racism. If it were so, then there would not be a need for the Rooney Rule. So, shut up punks!

    The issue is about the atrocities that continue to happen to Black people in America by those sworn under the flag to serve and protect, with no retribution. I’m proud to see so many veterans of various ethnicities tell racists to keep us vets and the flag out of your evil ways of thinking.

    Ryan Lochte humiliated and pissed on two nations, three teammates, and entire Olympic team and what did he get? A trip to “Dancing With The Stars!” It’s something that can benefit him alone. Meanwhile, Kaepernick has sacrificed his career to speak up for disenfranchised people. You tell me who the bigger hero is?

    Go Navy!
    ——————————–

    You see how screwed up this country is? This person actually thinks they have a point and nailed it on the head.

    The fact is, it’s not racism, it’s policy.

    It’s policy to screw EVERYONE over. Outsourcing, spying, drone bombing American children, wrist slaps to wall street, dodd frank bail-in for the average joe in favor of wall street (instead of Glass-Steagall), bailouts for wall street, and of course, militarization of our police for the con job known as 9/11 where we were attacked by Saudi Arabia, but covered up that fact so we could institute fascist everything and wars on people all over the place. Since we didn’t learn the first time, we decided to arm more terrorists along with Saudi Arabia with ISIS, and invade more innocent countries… and look what has happened with more blowback.

    Yes, who does this affect? ALL PEOPLE.

    How is it racism when ALL get SCREWED by the above?

    Kaepernick is a moron (and anyone that supports him) because he said our problem was that only some people are getting screwed, and it’s white people who are doing it.

    Which really just makes things worse, because the divide and conquer, not to mention the blame game racism against whitey is not constructive to solving the situation. It’s only constructive if you want chaos.

    Makes sense, since George Soros, benefactor of BLM the racist group without a clue, has started numerous civil wars over the years, the most recent being Ukraine. Now he’s getting more fools involved, and those fools are BLM.

    So who has been a champion of all these oppressive acts that has BLM so riled up against whitey?

    Why Barrack Obama.

    Whoops. Can’t criticize Barrack the war criminal. Can’t criticize Barrack the militarize-r of police. Can’t criticize Barrack the Saudi Arabian cover-upper. Can’t criticize Barrack the outsourcer. Can’t criticize Barrack the Colorado child murderer. Can’t criticize Barrack the Wall Street lover. Can’t criticize Barrack the Neo-Con supporter of jihadi terrorism upon Syria/Lybia.

    It also isn’t Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch’s fault they haven’t federally prosecuted any of the people shooting civilians, and only gave monetary wrist slaps equivalent to about 2 percent of the proceeds from breaking the law on Wall Street.

    No, it’s about race, and Kaepernick did well in describing the situation that it’s all white people’s fault for this situation.

    You know our country is screwed when all of the above is obvious and happened right in front of you, even with the idiot media this stuff was known, and yet most people, media, celebrities, doesn’t understand one bit of this. They champion idiot Kaepernick, for his courageous decision to champion hate and blame on whitey while overlooking Obama, Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynch.

    What morons.

  43. Most of the comments on this thread are ignorant at best. I thought it was his right to stand or not. I thought he was doing a silent protest based on the injustices that is going on here in this country. Where was all this criticism and hate while Donald Trump didn’t have his hand across his heart nor reciting the pledge of allegiance? I am listening.

  44. Since when does not standing for the anthem equate to disrespecting the flag? Why conflate the two, Florio?
    Are you just trying to keep things stirred up?

    What has Kapernick specifically done to disrespect the flag? Nothing.

  45. destro86 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:56 PM
    Most of the comments on this thread are ignorant at best. I thought it was his right to stand or not. I thought he was doing a silent protest based on the injustices that is going on here in this country. Where was all this criticism and hate while Donald Trump didn’t have his hand across his heart nor reciting the pledge of allegiance? I am listening.

    After reading this, I agree with your first sentence.

  46. Kaepernicknan American Hero ???? Now that’s funny. His defenders are getting funnier by the moment The rest of us, including then do have rights also. And it’s our right to expect thing done a certain way. That’s our right and the defenders , detractors ,’street poets and trouble makers like Colin Kaepernick cannot take our rights away. I love that.

  47. Colin Kaepernik is trying to make a statement about a serious concern in the black community but some care to change the subject or ignore the message. When people bring awareness to drunk driving you don’t say but more people die from not wearing their seat belts then why bring up black on black crime when people mention police brutality against minorities.

  48. destro86 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:56 PM

    Most of the comments on this thread are ignorant at best. I thought it was his right to stand or not.
    —————————————–

    His right to protest isn’t the issue here bucko so enough of the deflection and misdirection..

    BTW, it is our right to protest him if we wish to, and that’s what people here are doing.

  49. Kap protests because he feels America is not so great and people tear him apart…Trump campaigns on the message that America is not so great and only he can restore it to its greatness and the mouth breathers go nuts and bow at his feet…odd

  50. cwludwig says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:01 PM
    jwcarlson says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM
    Of course they can’t. The government’s probably paying them $100 a helmet per game to have that thing on there

    The Government doesn’t pay the NFL..
    The NFL just doesn’t pay Taxes.

    How American!
    _________________________________________

    Actually, the government HAS been paying the NFL! SINCE this site won’t let me copy and past a link, just look up US defense department paid nfl teams. It came out last year. Just another advertisement to join.

  51. tim0826 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 1:10 PM
    Kap protests because he feels America is not so great and people tear him apart…Trump campaigns on the message that America is not so great and only he can restore it to its greatness and the mouth breathers go nuts and bow at his feet…odd
    ________________________________

    wow , have you got this backwards. Trumps whole message has been how awful the US is (crime, poverty, immigrants, winning) and you guys lick it up. let one minority protest his perceived notion of racism, however, and well, just pour over the comment sections on all of these article about CK and you tell me the reaction.

  52. The fact that we are talking about this from opposing sides should be a sign that we at least have freedom to openly question and discuss the nature of our society.

    I don’t think you could get away with these things in Russia.

  53. Like the people who are saying. Its ok beause of his freedom speech allows him. The guy was seen rocking an isis shirt. Leave ck go to the middle east and then you feel oppression. Get bent

  54. Now that the NFL has mandated flag decals on all helmets, I can’t wait to see how these sanctimonious pseudo-patriots rise up and rale against the 1700 or so black, white, Latino, Samoan, etc. players who routinely throw their helmets on the ground (many of them upside down).

    And I can’t wait to see how the coaching, administrative and officiating staffs handle the situation, and whether the players are allowed to throw, drop, sit on, kneel on, or kick their helmets, or leave them upside down and unattended, as has been the case for years. Will they be allowed to do so without penalty?

    The fact that a number of anonymous (read – cowardly) executives and commentors are expressing their hatred for Kapaernick says much more about them (in a negative way) than it does about him.

    And while I’m at it, if the anthem was played at the end (instead of the beginning) of each game, how many of those so-called patriots would forego racing for their cars to get an early start home, puking up expensive cheep beer and nachos, or hitting the bathroom, in order to stand still with their hand over their hearts? Not many!

  55. The 9ers are giving Squidward enough rope to hang himself. Eventually he’ll cross the line and they can void the $12 million he scammed them out of with the private doctor “injuries”. Then they’ll dump his ass and he can go on to be famous for being famous and have a reality show with his favorite bimbo. The Kaepernicks, a cheap ripoff of a cheap ripoff called the Khardashians. The lowest common denominator crowd is clamoring for more cheezy crap. Their appetites are insatiable.

  56. You mean we’re not going to alter the way we do things for the few offended?

    Be careful, it’s not politically correct to do that…

  57. Nobody hates anyone here but the people hating us that don’t think what Kaepernick did was right. I just knew when the helmet flag was announced there would be tons of alternate garbage brought up

    You see we have our rights also and apparently there are those that don’t respect that. Gotta love it. Almost worth twice the price of admission folks. In the end ? Kaepernicks actions will change nothing , nada

  58. No way I out Kaepernick on the field tonight and it has nothing to do with his protest. He is the type of guy that would just take a dive and get injured so as to go on IR never his full 2016 salary and still say he is injured next spring there fore a tidying his fully guaranteed salary for 2017 due to injury.

    For those in the know. You know exactly what I am talking about. Coaches used to cut players before the third lre season game because they know they were going to take that injury dive

  59. whodatnhollywood says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:16 PM

    Dear People,

    This issue is not about the flag. That is a symbol of “American freedom.” But that freedom is not for all people to be able to do the most basic of things, like drive and not be executed over an expired registration, and the murderer(s) get exonerated, desk duty and paid leave. What would happen if all Americans were subject to that behavior, regardless of color, ethnicity or occupation?

    I’m a US Navy veteran and support Colin Kaepernick. It takes balls for him to do what he did. I hope other superstar athletes do the same. There are some anonymous NFL execs who called Colin a traitor, but their punk asses won’t reveal their identities! If other Black athletes decide not to stand, then what? Are these candy ass execs going to get out there and play? These very athletes are the reason the execs get paid big bucks! So, they’d better watch themselves.

    The NFL is NOT exempt from racism. If it were so, then there would not be a need for the Rooney Rule. So, shut up punks!

    The issue is about the atrocities that continue to happen to Black people in America by those sworn under the flag to serve and protect, with no retribution. I’m proud to see so many veterans of various ethnicities tell racists to keep us vets and the flag out of your evil ways of thinking.

    Ryan Lochte humiliated and pissed on two nations, three teammates, and entire Olympic team and what did he get? A trip to “Dancing With The Stars!” It’s something that can benefit him alone. Meanwhile, Kaepernick has sacrificed his career to speak up for disenfranchised people. You tell me who the bigger hero is?
    _________________________________
    You mean like the injustice that happen in Ferguson? That injustice? How about the injustice that Darren Wilson lost his job over a lie. In fact, the BLM was started on a lie because “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is a big fat lie, it never happened.

  60. mongo3401 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 1:44 PM
    You see we have our rights also and apparently there are those that don’t respect that. Gotta love it. Almost worth twice the price of admission folks. In the end ? Kaepernicks actions will change nothing , nada
    ___________________________
    Yep, Your probably right.
    And since all the “peaceful protests” are now exhausted or fall an deaf ears, actions are what come next.

  61. As of 2014 68% of players in the NFL were black. Black men who worked very hard to earn a spot on the roster. These men didn’t allow your so called “oppression” hold them down. Poor people of any race in this country are poor because they choose to be. I was once poor but fought my way to success. It wasn’t because a celebrity forced negativity onto the American public that I became successful. I made my choice and so can anyone who is being “oppressed” .. Give it a rest. God bless America!

  62. This makes my head hurt….Kaep never said he would remove anything from his uniform, this is all speculation by the media…. and to those who are hating on Kaep remember, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it….the ignorance on the board is deafening….

  63. “Kap protests because he feels America is not so great and people tear him apart…Trump campaigns on the message that America is not so great and only he can restore it to its greatness and the mouth breathers go nuts and bow at his feet”

    That’s because one of them knows the real reasons why while the other is just promoting liberal misinformation.

  64. The Chargers have no home or fans, The BLM and the GLBT from up North have purchase about 40,000 tickets, the venue will be in red and no flags will be supported, if CK7 wants the sticker off, he will take it off.

    The Military will be chased away by the Mighty San Francisco supporters.

    Nobody will care, because the Chargers have no support, worst sports town on the planet

    San Francisco 45 Chiclets 7

  65. As of 2014 68% of players in the NFL were black. Black men who worked very hard to earn a spot on the roster. These men didn’t allow your so called “oppression” hold them down. Poor people of any race in this country are poor because they choose to be. I was once poor but fought my way to success. It wasn’t because a celebrity forced negativity onto the American public that I became successful. I made my choice and so can anyone who is being “oppressed” .. Give it a rest. God bless America!

    **********************************************************
    DING DING DING DING DING…….WE HAVE A WINNER

    Out of all the ridicioulas post we have had to read about the Kaep situation, this one is the winner by far….congratulations, you broke the internet today……

  66. I cannot wait until San Diego, an undeniably military-supporting town, has a go at this benchwarmer tonight. I would love for them to play an extended anthem tonight, and invite the entire crowd to sing along.

  67. @whodatnhollywood:

    So you’re a Navy vet and think Kaep is heroic? Well I’m an Army vet and think his actions were exactly what this country doesn’t need. Sitting for the Flag is divisive and accomplishes zilch. Someone please explain what that does to help? Is it going to make black communities less poverty stricken and riddled with crime/drugs? Nope. Is it going to help tensions with police? Quite the opposite. All it does is divide the country even further. Some hero.

  68. Expat fan
    You guys tried burning down cities how did that work out. If you are talking all out violence towards police and whites ? Then who is really the ignorant one.?

    Er why don’t you fix the gang problem and black on black crime to start out with. Be a good first step but naw , that would take effort in your part Until that issue is resolved nothing is going nowhere on either side of the debate. I respect Obama for being our first black president and even he could not change nothing I mentioned. Solo. Gotta give tou a big C’mon man. Just sayin.

  69. mongo3401 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:56 AM
    Been waiting for someone to mention this. Good for the NFL NFL has that right. Can’t wait to hear the retractors on this one. Maybe Colin just is against Large flags.
    Yeah that s really none of a league with a team called the REDSKINS. And yeah spin it all you want, nothing positive about name REDSKINS

  70. Adopted grown children have special problems centered on self-worth/rejection.

    You can tell everybody, he’s the man.

    He will have plenty of time to contribute to bringing America together in short order, his way.

  71. We defeated the Nazi’s in WWII. We hated what they stood for. It sounds like a lot of people have softened their stance against this type government. You had to Salute Hitler or else. Maybe some of the younger people need to visit Arlington National Cemetery to see all those soldiers who gave their lives for freedom. Don’t spit on those graves. Kaepernick is respecting our veterans by fighting for those freedoms that they died for. Kaepernick is a great American, history will prove that, even if we can’t understand it at this moment.

  72. nj9er says:
    Sep 1, 2016 12:26 PM

    These are the sames owners/commissioner who charged Dept of Defense millions of dollars for Military displays during games all while being tax exempt on the profits they made from the DoD. Good job America.
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    The “NFL” didn’t charge anything, the money went to the teams and the teams aren’t tax exempt.

  73. He needs to realize just what that Flag represents.
    One week in the old Soviet Union, or in Syria would give him a level of appreciation he sadly lacks now.
    This Democratic republic is by no means perfect, but there are millions that would, and have risked everything just to be a part of this great Nation. He spits in the face of what protects him from true Evil.

  74. jwcarlson says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM

    Of course they can’t. The government’s probably paying them $100 a helmet per game to have that thing on there.
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    That “Thing” is called the American Flag. Show a little respect. It’s what gives you the freedom to act and talk like a schmuck.

  75. roverboy1949 says:
    Sep 1, 2016 3:41 PM

    jwcarlson says:
    Sep 1, 2016 11:53 AM

    Of course they can’t. The government’s probably paying them $100 a helmet per game to have that thing on there.
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    That “Thing” is called the American Flag. Show a little respect. It’s what gives you the freedom to act and talk like a schmuck.
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    Get over yourself.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an American Thing with stars and stripes on it I need to go and step on.

  76. Hmm…the NFL used Ridell helmets for a long time – (now they tout Riddell and Zenith)…but Bill Simpson (racer driver) had a better one for all players. (Promptly rejected by the NFL)

    As for Kaepernick – well – controversy sells tickets- but only until he’s cut on Friday.

  77. Actually, the NFL is breaking the law for having the flag on the helmet. The United States Code, Title 4, Part 8, paragraph j, “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.”

    And they are not a “Patriotic Organization” as they are not on the registered list as defined by Congress in USC Title 36, Subtitle II, Part B.

    So if you are working for a company that is breaking the law, and you find out, would you legally be allowed to not do what your company ask you, if it is illegal? Well, that would be wrongful termination, which would require the company to buy out the contract, and pay for damages

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