If Tom Brady had continued to fight his suspension with an appeal to the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have become instantly relevant to the NFL.
She’s relevant to the NFL anyway, given comments to Katie Couric of Yahoo regarding the national anthem protests at football games.
“I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act. . . .
“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
Her position accurately reflects the law of the land. It’s legal to not stand for the national anthem, and it’s legal to call those who don’t stand for the anthem dumb or disrespectful.