New York Congressman elaborates on his criticism of the Jets

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In a Saturday morning tweet, New York Congressman Peter King criticized the Jets’ reluctance to fine players for protesting during the anthem, questioning whether CEO Christopher Johnson would provide the same cover for players who display “Nazi salutes or spew racism” under the guise of free speech. Later in the day, King elaborated on his remarks.

“To me, the people who are kneeling down, accusing the police of misconduct, that’s not something that fits within reasonable protest,” King told Kristopher Brooks and Bob Glauber of Newsday. “If I owned an NFL team, I’d say, ‘Either stand up or not be on the team.'”

King has the right think that and to say that, just as the players have the right to think and do otherwise. King’s position is fueled by his belief that the underlying premise of the protests — police brutality against African-Americans and persons of color — arises from a “lie” and that “the statistics don’t show” that minorities have a greater likelihood of suffering unjustified injury or worse at the hands of law-enforcement officials.

Apparently, King trusts statistics more than his own lying eyes.

Even if there’s merit to the argument that African-Americans and people of color are more likely to face unwarranted force when interacting with police, King believes that the protests automatically constitute disrespect.

“You shouldn’t be disrespecting the American flag no matter who you are,” King told Newsday.

The NFL Players Association questioned whether King’s views reflect the principles on which the nation was founded.

“On one level, management should be applauded when it supports labor, because it doesn’t happen as often as it should, and Christopher Johnson is doing the right thing by supporting the players,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told Newsday. “On another level, as an Arab-American immigrant kid from Queens, I know American values and this point of view doesn’t reflect them.”

Which further demonstrates the divide between those who believe that any protest during the anthem constitutes disrespect of the flag, the anthem, and/or the military and those who believe that peaceful protest constitutes an exercise of the very freedoms for which so many men and women have fought and died. People feel very strongly on both sides of the issue; for whatever reason, the NFL has felt compelled to listen only to those on one side of it.

83 responses to “New York Congressman elaborates on his criticism of the Jets

  1. As a New Yorker, it’s been clear for years Peter King is absolutely a clueless suck-up

  2. The NFL has listened to both sides of the issue. They just took an action that one side doesn’t like. They decided that what the NBA does, works, so they went that direction. One side was not going to like the outcome, regardless. Now, how long will the policy stand? My guess is it will remain and players will adjust to it.

  3. People kneel in respect and submission when giving honor to many things. For religious acts, proposing/renewing marriage vows, towards leaders/kings, the fallen, and many more. How is this so unjustifiably disrespectful?!

    Also, remember this July 4th when ppl drape the flag on themselves/ground, throw away flag napkins and plates, companies profit from the flag in advertising and the many other ways our flag WILL be disrespected like all the years past.

    No uproar for that brand of disrespect but just as guilty and without a cause to justify their actions. This national flag debate is a farce.

  4. There you go again Mike – Pushing a agenda that fails to recognize the obvious. Its about the anthem and the flag being used in a disrespectful way while working on the Job. That’s the difference. I wonder how NFLPA spokesman George Atallah would feel if a NFL Team/Player where to use a important symbol of his heritage in a similar/disrespectful way. It is time to ask the question – “Why are those who support such a protest by using the American anthem and flag as a prop is a good thing for there stated cause(s). When you take something that ‘Unites” all People’s and use it in such a way to “Divide” people – then I think the conclusion is obvious which side is right vs wrong.

  5. Kneeling during the national anthem is a complete and total disrespect of the flag, the country and the principles for which it stands. Should you be allowed to do it? Yes. But don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

  6. He is right. The stats dont lie. Liberal activists do. Protest in Chicago where Black on Blavk crime is a plague.

  7. Sterling Brown a black man was tased and thrown on the ground for a minor parking violation. He was arrested, but no criminal charges were filed. What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into police brutaity and unlawful use of criminal force, including being handcuffed and tased. Lenny Dykstra a white career criminal ex con got into trouble the same day in NJ. He was arrested on felony charges for threatening to kil a Uber driver, a terroristic threat, and several drug charges. Dykstra was booked then freed right away with no bail until an undetermined hearing date. Think a black man would have gotten the same treatment then THINK AGAIN.

  8. And by the way, being prevented from posting not for profanity, but for having a different opinion from a thin skinned writer who uses his first and middle name, and stating so is unprofessional and vindictive.

  9. As much as I support the flag and American values and believe these expressions of players’ opinions are done in the wrong forum, I also wonder if the NFL attacked the whole issue in the wrong way. If they had just done nothing, the protests would have likely gone away or continued to carry on in silence. Instead, the attention given has driven this to the national stage and made it a battle that neither side can back down from. Altogether, sad.

  10. Its very simple.
    Do your protesting on your OWN time.
    Not on the owners time.
    Not on the fans time.
    if I pay several hundred dollars to take my family to a game, I dont want to see the players protesting and disrespecting the country that allows them to earn millions for playing a game.
    I want to see them actually play the game……..and that is all.

  11. alwaters9 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 8:03 am
    And by the way, being prevented from posting not for profanity, but for having a different opinion from a thin skinned writer who uses his first and middle name, and stating so is unprofessional and vindictive.

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    Perfect.

  12. He is right. The stats dont lie. Liberal activists do. Protest in Chicago where Black on Blavk crime is a plague.

    Thanks for the comic relief…….are you just another Russian bot seeking to divide Americans? Why else would you be so stupid to use lying in your argument supporting the right wing liars led by Trump?..bless you little heart you see lost in your search for reality.

    The players need to find a more suitable venue to air their complaints and the country has to face up to its racist beliefs. Oh yes there are racist beliefs otherwise Trump wouldn’t have been elected.

  13. I find it suspicious that the same people who are so outraged by black football players exercising their civil right to peaceful protest aren’t outraged at all by Russian trolls hi-jacking the conversation on football blogs and other public forums. Maybe they are one and the same?

  14. No surprise from King but people that say workers can’t protest in the workplace are wrong. I’ve seen many a hat, tee shirt, sticker or sign at workstation or job site. Football players aren’t allowed to do any of those where they do their job, on the field. No disrespect for the flag, it’s a protest of treatment to people of this country many of whom ancestors were treated horribly worse.

  15. I thought I made a valid point by highlighting the biggest threat black people face. Their existential threat doesnt come from the statistically rare instance of a racist LEO. It’s the infiinitely greater risk of being victims of violence at the hands of members of their own race. They continue to come into contact with the police at way higher rates as compared to their population. When the SJWs aknowledge this elephant in the middle of the room perhaps it will lead to a greater understanding of their protesting.

  16. Whatever the intended message of the original protest was, it has been lost in a sea of offense to the flag and country. In other words, it was not an effective way to protest, and it makes very little sense for the players to continue to do it.

  17. lambeaulegacy says:

    People kneel in respect and submission when giving honor to many things. For religious acts, proposing/renewing marriage vows, towards leaders/kings, the fallen, and many more. How is this so unjustifiably disrespectful?!
    ================================================================

    The examples you described weren’t act of kneeling during our national anthem to protest our flag and country.

  18. Where are all these kneelers and protestors when the football season ends.
    Are they still protesting. No, they don’t have time, they are out spending their millions until next football season.

  19. Yeah but you don’t own an NFL team, do you buddy.

    So here we have another lifetime politician telling a business owner what to do.

    Seems like the government tries to control everything, then this clown will turn around and ask for more money for another “election” fund.

    What happened to get government out of business? Another lie told by the establishment.

  20. If you work in a given occupation, there are rules and regulations that you must abide by and adhere to. If you accept employment within a given industry, then you agree to abide by it’s rules and regulations; simple as that. If the rules and regulations of that industry require you to stand respectfully for the national anthem, then that’s what you are required to do, simple as that.

  21. Another country heard from.

    Note to Peter King: you’ll never own an NFL team. For which we’re all quite pleased.

  22. I remember this whole thing started after some people protested violently in the streets. That sparked a dialogue of taking a peaceful approach. Kaep took a knee at the advice of a green baret and still gets vilified for it. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The whole argument about protesting on your own time is dumb. These guys are in the spotlight when they’re on the field so it creates more awareness if they do it then. And even still nobody is even working while it’s going on. It has no affect to your precious game. I don’t know why it’s so hard to look away of it bothers you so much. Plus there’s the fact that there’s no other job where you have to listen to the anthem before starting it so idk why people want to compare their jobs at Pizza hut to this. And I’m sure at some point each and every one of you have “disrespected” the flag in some way. There’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism. Nationalism just makes you look foolish. That being said the whole protest isn’t directed towards the anthem/flag. People have hijacked the motivation for the whole thing because they can’t handle the truth. Anyone who thinks there’s not a disparaging difference in how minorities are treated by police need to do their research. The internet is right at your fingertips. The percentages don’t favor minorities and even if they did you shouldn’t be ok with the police taking the someone’s life into their own hand no matter what race they are. And then there are those that want to deflect to other problems such as black on black violence which this isn’t about. You’re going to kill someone that lives near you and you know most likely. The rates of black on black crime and white on white crime are nearly the same. That’s a fact. It’s funny how nobody ever says anything about white on white crime but like to bring up black on black crime when someone brings up racism. As if it makes police brutality ok. This whole situation just supports the fact that there’s a lot of people (mostly white) that don’t give a damn about issues minorities bring up. They’ll do anything to hijack the narrative and make it about them instead of helping find solutions. If there was action between both sides then there wouldn’t be no need to protest and all of you would have nothing to complain about.

  23. “King has the right think that and to say that, just as TEAM MANAGEMENT has the right to think and do otherwise.“

    There fixed that for you. A little legal knowledge is goid to have.

  24. So in this country there’s no free speech? No one cares about this low life politician trying to get his 15 min of fame. Loser go back to doing nothing

  25. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah is caught in a bad spot. He and his family had to Salute the flag to gain American citizenship. They knew the great opportunities they got while living in America. As my friends did who immigrated from Cuba. My friends had watched while African Americans protest about police brutality by stepping on the same flag that has saved their lives. They have watched protest of Kaepernick not getting a job in the NFL even though he chose to wear Castro his clothes that all could see, A murderous dictatorship. But they still chose to support him. We all understand their right to protest, that isn’t the point, it is what they chose to disrespect with their protest.

  26. The players make a lot of money and they also make more for the owners and the league. The players have the choice to walk out and what would the league do then?

  27. heynow16 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:46 am
    The players make a lot of money and they also make more for the owners and the league. The players have the choice to walk out and what would the league do then?

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    Not pay them until they came back.

    And thats where you find out what these guys actually do value most.

  28. Why even bother playing the national anthem? There is no law requiring this. It’s a a football game. Just have the coin toss and start playing.

    It would be worth your time to look at the history of this tradition. The reason for the Anthem is to celebrate the freedom to play a game in the midst of serious social issues.

    The Anthem celebrates the freedom to engage in what is essentially a meaningless game while others are fighting and dying to preserve that freedom.

    If you want to protest a social injustice do it and stop spending your life doing something which is four economic gain.

    Or stand up and celebrate the freedom that permits you to play a game while others protect that right for a fraction of the money you make. And if you have a personal stake protest the”system” that pays you millions but pays those racist cops and racists teachers less than a fraction of your minimum wage.

  29. “King believes that the protests automatically constitute disrespect.”
    ———-

    Perhaps Rep. King has done Colin Kaepernick the courtesy of reading his explanation that the sitting and kneeling gestures were specifically intended to demonstrate lack of pride (i.e., respect) in the flag and country: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

  30. wooshelius says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:35 am
    I remember this whole thing started after some people protested violently in the streets. That sparked a dialogue of taking a peaceful approach. Kaep then started sulking about being benched and when called out for it made up the excuse he was protesting. Then other players took up the protest and unlike Kaep they were sincere in their desire to bring attention to a social issue while Kaep was still just trying to play victim cards because he isn’t willing to admit that he made bad decisions on how to deal with the fact that his QB play was not working like it once did. Meanwhile the other players continue to make a genuine and good hearted attempt to draw attention to the important isdues via peaceful protest despite Kaep periodically undermining their work with hisown self serving nonsense.

    There, fixed that for you.

    There fixed that for you.

  31. lets see here. While in college, King received “2S” deferments in 1967, 1968, and 1969.During that time I joined the United States Marine Corp.I went to Vietnam twice as a rifleman.0311 all the way.No one tells me to sit or stand .If I decide to sit and you dont like it you can lick my hind end.Especially if your a draft dodging kitty cat.This has nothing to do with the flag as far as trumped up and stevie are concerned.Donnie tried to buy a team and three times the owners said no.Thats why donald is doing all this.hes just another kitty cat.

  32. Florio, I think the owners listened to the majority of Americans (in every poll I’ve seen) who see the “kneelers” as disrespecting the flag. Right or wrong, that’s a fact. And if these people vote with their remotes, viewership is down and that scares the advertisers who may not cough up the kind of money that makes the NFL a financial juggernaut. And that scares the owners who, unlike you Florio, have skin in the game in the form of billions of dollars invested. Oh and today on Memorial Day when we honor those who died defending that flag and if you’re in the DC area, go visit the Vietnam memorial. I go there whenever I’m in DC to see the names of my buddies who died in that war and am thankful for those of us who made it home.

  33. You still mad bro?

    I can’t believe this site continues to bring the issue up over, and over and over. Move on. Please.

  34. When you say its the wrong platform.

    The right platform is one that has 1: a large audience, 2: confuses people until they finally understand 3: utilizes the protesters star to full advantage. An NFL qb who recently played in the Super Bowl is the standard of what white people are comfortable with black men doing – so basically it’s the perfect platform for a protest. That’s where we approve of them as long as they keep their opinions to themselves (except when they make their religious displays which makes people feel great because what a good, obedient black man). When you say that he should have chosen a better platform, like where? The fact that you are talking about it right now means that it worked. Now it’s up to everyone else to make you understand. The best platform is the most public one. There are a lot of examples of that from history. Protest isn’t for personal gain, protesters and martyrs almost always suffer great personal loss or death.

  35. wooshelius says:
    May 27, 2018 at 10:35 am

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    Black on black crime is identical to white on white crime, statistically? Really?

    How about PERCENTAGES? 12% of the population commits 50% of all murders !!! THAT IS A FACT. YOU LOOK UP THE STATS. The Internet is at your fingertips, as you reminded us all.

    Were you born a rock or do you practice it?

  36. I find ironic and funny that many of the people who are super bent out of shape over some athletes kneeling, are the same people who call others “snowflakes”.

    They are the same people who freaked out over every little thing Obama did, too, and would manufacture everything he did into some conspiracy theory scandal.

    Now we actually have a truly scandalous president in office, doing unprecedented (bad) things on a daily or weekly basis, and they think he is somehow doing an amazing job.

    The hypocrisy is absolutely mind blowing.

  37. Rednecks are saying, stop protesting peacefully against police misconduct and racism or get out of America? What has America become?

  38. STOP walking things back Republicans! For God’s sake this is a “free” country…anyone can espouse their opinions about sports. But I guess that only applies to liberal democrats and blacks now.
    For ONCE, I’d like a Republican to challenge the media and ask them if they have EVER forced a liberal democrat to walk back a comment. The response will be crickets.
    King is 100% correct in what he said.
    But NY is a deep blue state, or dare I say that NYC is deep blue and it’s sheer mass population overrides the views of the rest of the state.
    NY LOVES unions, why…well because they are democrats and view the “working class” as an “aggrieved” population that needs representation…whether they want that representation or not.
    So in the end you have the media, which loves “groupthink” forcing an anti-groupthink Congressman to walk back his comments on a population that is 100% groupthink (NFLPA).
    Lesson here is if you DARE to actually have your own opinion, and that opinion is counter to the democrat big government state/federocracy, then they will destroy you.
    This is why I cannot root for any northeastern teams, they are so locked into groupthink that they will never see anything else.

  39. “On another level, as an Arab-American immigrant kid from Queens…”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Maybe the labeling is part of the problem. Atallah calls himself an “Arab-American” and society has somehow labeled black people as “African-Americans”. It is a dumb idea and it is divisive. Rather than being inclusive as “Americans” certain groups are segregated in name and that seems to breed feelings of contempt. The label itself distinguishes the group from other Americans and that distinction can be viewed by some as they are special kind of citizen deserving racial recognition or others can view them as if they are a lesser subcategory of citizens, which, IIRC, was a huge point of contention post-slavery and is still brought up today. Drop the labels. Just use American if you are referring to USA citizenry. BTW, what do the Brits, French, Germans, etc. refer to black citizens as?

  40. Those players protesting will tell you it’s not about disrespecting the flag or National Anthem. However I can’t think of a time when blacks in sports didn’t protest during the National Anthem starting with the fist raising in the Olympics. Police are going to be looking at blacks closer than little old white women in wheel chairs. Google crime by race in this country and you see the very high crime rate in the black community. If they wanted to change things instead of standing for the National Anthem they should go into these communities during the week and try to make a difference. By denying what’s going on they aren’t helping the good blacks that are stuck in these crime infested communities.

  41. lambeaulegacy says:
    May 27, 2018 at 1:41 am
    People kneel in respect and submission when giving honor to many things. For religious acts, proposing/renewing marriage vows, towards leaders/kings, the fallen, and many more. How is this so unjustifiably disrespectful?!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Are you serious? OK. Here is where it supposedly started: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”– Colin Kaepernick. That is an overt display of contempt and disrespect and now you are trying to say that he knelt out of respect and honor? Is sitting respectful too? It is difficult to keep up with all the changes to word meanings lately.

  42. “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching. #IranProtests”
    – Donald J. Trump, 12/29/17

  43. Tim Thomas says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:18 am
    lets see here. While in college, King received “2S” deferments in 1967, 1968, and 1969.During that time I joined the United States Marine Corp.I went to Vietnam twice as a rifleman.0311 all the way.No one tells me to sit or stand .If I decide to sit and you dont like it you can lick my hind end.Especially if your a draft dodging kitty cat.This has nothing to do with the flag as far as trumped up and stevie are concerned.Donnie tried to buy a team and three times the owners said no.Thats why donald is doing all this.hes just another kitty cat.

    =======

    Without running up vote totals in military communities, Trump wouldn’t be President today. Especially in Florida and Arizona where those margins carried him.

  44. @Liberalsruineverything…No it really doesn’t remind me of yoda. I believe you are confused by his uncommon turn of phrase. you should try reading more often.

  45. Is it disrespectful for viewers in the stadium or at home to be more concerned about the players behavior during the anthem than paying attention to the actual anthem itself???

    The worse decisions are made by like minded people. The NFL should have had the NFLPA and some of the players they met with last year provide some input into this decision..

    All of this is a bunch of double speak by the NFL to bow to political pressure, telling people to leave the country if they do not stand is idiotic.. all the while yahoos are driving their trucks with tattered flags dragging on the ground which shows patriotism then they throw their flags in the garbage bin???

  46. backintheday99 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:54 am

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    Yes they are. Black on black crime is just above 90% and white on white crime is around 85%. Your point doesn’t omit my original point. People kill people they know. And let’s discuss why that number is that high perhaps instead of just spewing ignorance without context. What about the fact that black people have a higher poverty rate. 3 times as high as white people. Some families were placed in those ghettos long ago and never found a way out. Lets not forget that the government actually admitted to even putting drugs in these neighborhoods to destroy the black community in the 80s. Theres layers to this. You’re a football fan, you should know stats are pointless without context. These things obviously have a lot to do with the fact that black people account for 50% of total murders. It makes sense because they’re killing mostly black people in poverty stricken neighborhoods. I never said black people don’t kill each other, I just said white people kill each other at close to the same rate. That really doesn’t matter though because you’re deflecting like I said in my original post. Thats obviously a problem in the black community but who are you to point it out especially if you have no solutions. Plus what does black on black crime have to do with this issue?

  47. @finfan68
    You can’t cherry pick what Con Kaepernick said. As much as you would like to…he was(as Tom cruise would say) crystal clear.

    Why are you cherry picking???

  48. If minorities want to improve police relations, then more minorities need to step up and fill law enforcement positions…something they don’t appear to be interested in one bit!

  49. So how many of you stand with your hand over your heart at home while the anthem is playing? I’ll help, zero. How many of you have been standing in line to buy a cold beer while the anthem is playing? Many. Just be honest and say it’s not about the anthem

  50. Are you serious? OK. Here is where it supposedly started: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”– Colin Kaepernick. That is an overt display of contempt and disrespect and now you are trying to say that he knelt out of respect and honor? Is sitting respectful too?
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    Concepts and context, think it through.

    Most of what we say is non-verbal. People first speak in body language, tone, then words. Historically (long before “flag protests”) kneeling is a body language of submission, reverence, vulnerability and honor. It is a plainly obvious way of giving oneself up while still being responsible for their actions.

    Apply this to the anthem.

    The kneelers found a middle ground to revere the flag and honor it’s symbolism. They are not turning their backs to it, nor sitting, nor chatting, nor playing around etc. Their focus is the flag and anthem at that time. The flag code asks us to stand at attention so yes there is an element of disrespect. I never stated it was a pure action. Social disobedience almost always has some element of disrespect.

    What you left out was the comparison to those also disrespecting the flag as I said in many other ways but without a cause. How about all those in the stadium putzing on cell phones during the anthem?

    However the protest started, it refined into a clearer message. Those whom disagreed with their message have played into all or nothing emotions to warp the conversation. Now it has become a farce about who is most patriotic.

    If a little logic and social context gets applied and the emotion taken away it’s pretty clear the cause for the anthem disruption was for decades of ignored social injustice to be recognized, then hopefully resolved. The real problem here may be the refusal to acknowledge racism in America has deep roots and thrives today – with real daily consequences.

    Also, how many of these anti-anthem-protesters are in support of individual rights and no government?!?

  51. the democrat big government state/federocracy, then they will destroy you.
    This is why I cannot root for any northeastern teams, they are so locked into groupthink that they will never see anything else.

    Says someone glued to Fox News…aka State News. Please do you expect anyone to believe such BS. When 70 % of Republicans believe that 3 million people voted illegally in the last election…..that is groupthink on a grande scale. It would be great for you right wingers if you would drop the hoods of racism and admit you are hiding behind that in this conflict. The players choice of venue is wrong but so is the rights semi hidden racism.

  52. dcpatfan says:
    May 27, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    @finfan68
    You can’t cherry pick what Con Kaepernick said. As much as you would like to…he was(as Tom cruise would say) crystal clear.

    Why are you cherry picking???
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    To be honest I don’t care what anyone says. It’s noise to me. When I see a 90+ year old WWII vet struggle to get out of his wheelchair to stand for the anthem, or a 22 year old Marine standing on two titanium legs with his hand over his heart it’s about them. That time is to pay respect to them and what they have given all of us. Do you think this great country just appeared out of thin air?
    I’m not going to pay money to see some crybaby millionaire disrespecting me and them. There are a dozen microphones in the locker room after the game, go find one and tell me what’s on your mind. Before that, stand up, shut your hole and play some football.

  53. selgaeinla says:
    May 27, 2018 at 11:49 am

    When you say its the wrong platform.

    The right platform is one that has 1: a large audience, 2: confuses people until they finally understand 3: utilizes the protesters star to full advantage.
    ____________________________________

    If your goal is to just upset people, I agree with you. This has already played out in this circumstance, and what it’s accomplished is dividing the country further.

    However, I see the right forum to affect real change in this case is through the political process, and that’s what should be targeted. Vote out those who support actions counter to your beliefs, and vote in those who share your views and will change the laws and execution through the various agencies. The players, or anyone else who wants to inspire change, can achieve much more through the political process and inspiring the masses to vote their policies and direction into office.

  54. @liberalsruinecerythingb

    I took care of my 90+ year old dad for the last years of His life. He fought in both European and Pacific Campaigns. Wanted to be a Ranger his whole enlistment but wasn’t allowed to. I served as well.

    My Dad completely understood what Colin Kaepernick was doing as well as I.

    #5deferments

  55. What i don’t understand is, wasn’t King at “work” when he gave his opinion of the players? Kinda ironic, he “uses” his status as a congressman, while telling the “players” to do things “his” way.

  56. FoozieGrooler says:
    May 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching. #IranProtests”
    – Donald J. Trump, 12/29/17
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    In the US if they are simply facing not being rewarded for protesting by the people (the owners that pay them) that dont want them protesting.

    In Iran they are facing being jailled or shot. Big difference.

  57. biggestsaintsfanever says:
    May 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    What i don’t understand is, wasn’t King at “work” when he gave his opinion of the players? Kinda ironic, he “uses” his status as a congressman, while telling the “players” to do things “his” way.

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    although I agree your point has merit, and also agree with the premise that employess do not have any first amendment anything saying they have a right to protest at work and their management has no right to say they cant, if we do follow that logic then Trumps tweets also fall under this argument.

  58. Thank You Peter. Anti-American Behavior should not be Tolerated. This is why Donald J Trump is the greatest leader this country has ever known.

  59. In the long run, the players are only hurting themselves, but they don’t see it yet. Losing sponsors, dividing the fan base.

  60. I can’t stand King, but in this case I’ll side with him 1000%, the players need to realize they WORK for someone and if the owners say Stand you damn well better stand. Oh & this clown Johnson? don’t you have MUCH bigger problems to worry about? Johnson & Johnson lawsuit you just LOST in California!

  61. neatpete1 says:
    May 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    In the US if they are simply facing not being rewarded for protesting by the people (the owners that pay them) that dont want them protesting.

    In Iran they are facing being jailled or shot. Big difference.
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    Either trolling or yet another convoluted argument. Do you really think these players are protesting directly on their own behalf? They are standing up for those facing jailing or being shot in the USA!! Have you not seen the many times in recent years when typically young black males are killed or arrested unnecessarily?? Not only is it unnecessary but also more extreme than police procedure and much different than how a white person is typically treated. It recently happened again in Milwaukee to an NBA player over a parking ticket. Maybe pay attention before forming an opinion.

  62. I have to laugh at the people saying it’s free speech. When you are paid by an employer and say things that are disrespectful and hurt the employers business you get fired. The left wing in this country wants “Free Speech” as long as you only say what they want you to say or it supports their never ending Political Agenda.

  63. To be honest I don’t care what anyone says.

    This right wing racist epitomizeds why this country is in big trouble. When you don’t want to listen to things you don’t like we will end up with another Hitler. I really don’t like what you have to say with your vile hatred of those different than you, but I served my country so you still have the right to be a vocal jerk. I am not in favor of the players protesting during the anthem but that is their right just as much as you have a right to spew your hatred on here.

  64. Maybe King should let the people who own the Jets run the Jets. Which helps demonstrate the hypocrisy of those who take the majority of owners side on this issue. They say it’s an employer/employee situation, but really it’s about aligning with Trump who has simply found a wedge issue he can exploit for political gain.

  65. rdav29

    “As a New Yorker, it’s been clear for years Peter King is absolutely a clueless suck-up” So then you must be a Schmuck Schumer supporter. He of the weekend press conference that his sycophants in the media cover as if it’s breaking news. Usually Schmucky sets up his portable podium and rants against something stupid. Like trying to save his idiot constituents from themselves. Then come Monday? Squat. The most dangerous place to be is between Schmucky and a camera.

  66. Nofoolnodrool says:
    May 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    To be honest I don’t care what anyone says.

    This right wing racist epitomizeds why this country is in big trouble. When you don’t want to listen to things you don’t like we will end up with another Hitler. I really don’t like what you have to say with your vile hatred of those different than you, but I served my country so you still have the right to be a vocal jerk. I am not in favor of the players protesting during the anthem but that is their right just as much as you have a right to spew your hatred on here.
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    Being called a racist and the President being called Hitler by a snowflake lefty tells me I’m winning the argument. The last 18 months there’s been a lot of winning going on. By the looks of the record low black unemployment they are winning as well.

  67. Either trolling or yet another convoluted argument. Do you really think these players are protesting directly on their own behalf? They are standing up for those facing jailing or being shot in the USA!! Have you not seen the many times in recent years when typically young black males are killed or arrested unnecessarily?? Not only is it unnecessary but also more extreme than police procedure and much different than how a white person is typically treated. It recently happened again in Milwaukee to an NBA player over a parking ticket. Maybe pay attention before forming an opinion.

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    #SnowFlakeCentral

    Thanks for parroting MSNBC. Let me know when you have an original thought.

  68. It is VERY simple NFL, and this is to management AND players. If you continue to allow, or protest without league approval, at MY chosen entertainment venue, you will lose ME and MILLIONS of other fans who pay your into your league and pay your salaries. It is YOUR choice to do what you want to do. It will be MY choice to no longer spend one dime or one second on the NFL. I can survive without the NFL, can the NFL survive without millions of other fans just like me? (Over the past few decades myself and my family have spent well over $100K on the NFL, we can spend the next $100K on something else.)

  69. Tim Thomas says:

    May 27, 2018 at 11:18 am

    lets see here. While in college, King received “2S” deferments in 1967, 1968, and 1969.During that time I joined the United States Marine Corp.I went to Vietnam twice as a rifleman.0311 all the way.No one tells me to sit or stand .If I decide to sit and you dont like it you can lick my hind end.Especially if your a draft dodging kitty cat.This has nothing to do with the flag as far as trumped up and stevie are concerned.Donnie tried to buy a team and three times the owners said no.Thats why donald is doing all this.hes just another kitty cat
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    Exactly

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