NFLPA: Discussions of social issues should not be stifled

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As further proof that the anthem controversy won’t be going away, Sunday saw a variety of strong comments from owners and politicians about the lingering issue. The NFL Players Association has issued a statement regarding the situation. Here it is, in full:

“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.”

That seems to be a calm, reasonable, matter-of-fact assessment of the situation. And it’s nevertheless certain to be every bit as polarizing as every other statement made by every other party that has had something to say about this matter. No matter how hard we try to unite, our opinions and the manner in which we stubbornly assert them continue to keep us divided.

Even that observation will be viewed by some as controversial or inappropriate.

18 responses to “NFLPA: Discussions of social issues should not be stifled

  1. Customers will consume products they desire. These political protests make the NFL’s product less desirable to consume. The NFLPA doesn’t seem to respect the consumer or understand that the only reason they exist is because of previous consumers.

  2. Players have countless opportunities to discuss social issues or their political beliefs. No reason to disrespect the country and our military during the anthem.

    Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t make it wise. The players are doing more damage to their causes and careers than anyone could imagine. Where is the player outrage over what’s happening in Chicago?

  3. You guys seriously don’t get it. How many conservatives were drummed out of jobs because of their conservative views? Brendan Eich anyone? Anyone remember how the league prevented Rush Limbaugh from buying the Rams because of his conservative views? Ha now they are in LA failing to draw. No one is saying players can’t protest (except for the NFL game day manual). If they were protesting some conservative position we all know no one would be talking about their Constitutional rights (which doesn’t mean an employer needs to permit protests in the workplace). The Anthem is a civic ritual that is supposed to be unifying. The US may not be perfect but we are always striving to be better. Kap said clearly he wouldn’t stand for the flag because he wouldn’t stand for the anthem of an oppressive country. I have just about had enough of the moral preening about how protest and dissent are always the highest form of patriotism. Only for the Left. Protest a liberal and you get called all sorts of rotten things.

  4. The union can’t assert their right to protest during the national anthem then complain when it’s pointed out how divisive and contemptible that is. Football players have the same right as everyone else to their opinions and to support causes dear to their hearts. That doesn’t mean they should feel free to do it on their employer’s time and damage their employer’s brand. They should support their various causes on their own time and we should be unified in pride toward the anthem and flag.

  5. LMAO. Discussions about social issues ARE stifled – by liberals.

    Only “discussions” by left-wingers that blame 100% of social problems on Evil Whitey are permitted. Anyone with a different point of view is stifled, harassed, attacked physically and verbally, slandered, or fired from their job.

    Look at the Berkeley riots. Look at the protests by the Antifa and Black Lives Matter hate groups. Liberals simply cannot and will not tolerate any views that oppose their agenda.

    What would the NFLPA say about that?

  6. The problem with all this – there are so many lies being told. Facts now is now, your side of the story or politically incorrect and the media is fueling it.
    We used to live in the golden information age now it is the bleak age of media disinformation.

  7. You can do more on your own time than you can at work.

    These players are at work representing the company that owns the team.

    There is no expectation to be able to protest when at work

  8. Still waiting for the story about the NFLPA donating millions to the George Soros groups that bankroll the paid protestors that break windows and start fires and cost tax payers millions all over the country. Not interested in that fact eh Mike?

  9. I agree NFLPA … freedom of speech should NOT be stifled … let the fans speak their mind & vote with their $$$.

    Time for the NFL, Networks, etc. to quit censoring & not showing the fans!!

  10. This is getting ridiculous.

    Stop going to the games and start making the salary cap a shrinking experience.

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