Players who don’t like anthem rule can take immediate action

AP

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s decision by the NFL to alter the anthem policy in a way that managed to do more harm than good, the NFL Players Association wasn’t happy. The NFL’s players can do something about that in a way that is far more immediate and tangible than pursuing legal remedies over the next several months.

The NFL’s players can make their displeasure known by boycotting OTAs.

Technically (but not actually), these ongoing offseason workouts are voluntary. There’s no requirement to be there. So if the players aren’t happy with ownership right now, all they have to do is nothing.

Yes, some players would jeopardize offseason workout bonuses if they miss more than 10 or 20 percent of the total offseason program. But if players aren’t willing to go without a six-figure payment in order to prove a point now, how will they ever go without seven-figure salaries when the time comes to consider striking, or not caving in the face of a lockout?

Besides, it’s not as if all players need to not show up. If the NFL’s starting quarterbacks come together and agree to make it known to all other quarterbacks on the roster that none of them will be working, well, good luck having football practice with no quarterbacks.

And if any of the young quarterbacks decide to cross the de facto picket line, consider this cautionary tale from Paul Zimmerman’s memoir.

In 1974, Chiefs quarterback David Jaynes, a third-round rookie, crossed the picket line. Center Jack Rudnay, who was the leader of Kansas City’s strike effort, had a message for Jaynes when the strike ended.

“Before practice Rudnay had taken a pair of scissors and cut out the crotch of his football pants,” Zimmerman writes. “When he got down to snap the ball, everything was hanging out. Jaynes began his call . . . he reached down . . . and the ball went flying out of his hands.”

Coach Hank Stram, monitoring practice from a tower, yelled, “What’s the hell’s going on down there?”

“He won’t take the snap, Coach,” Rudnay replied.

“Well, get another quarterback in there,” Stram said.

And that, according to Zimmerman, was the beginning of the end for David Jaynes.

At best, it’s the end of the beginning of the NFL’s anthem controversy. If the players are genuinely upset about what has happened, it also could be the beginning of perhaps the most significant thing they can do.

Come Tuesday morning, they can not show up.

79 responses to “Players who don’t like anthem rule can take immediate action

  1. Seriously? What is the NFL minimum salary again? These guys have families, and are working,to provide for them. I guess that doesn’t matter.

  2. Here is an action they can take. GO TO CANADA to play.I just want to watch football and listen to the announcers talking about football. I don’t care about these snowflakes trying to protest on the owners time and quite frankly, it’s on the fan’s time as well since we are being force fed this b s. Some of them are just playing follow the leader anyway as they have the I Q of a mosquito and have no idea what they are protesting. I can wait until the first team gets a hefty fine for a player not standing. Hopefully the players will have to reimburse the team.

  3. Talk about beating a dead horse. What has kneeling accomplished? Absolutely nothing. It has only divided people even more. Who’s right and wrong doesn’t matter. It isn’t fixing anything. All the money and fame in play, find something to do that actually brings people together and helps what you’re protesting about. Otherwise it’s just a pissing match.

  4. Hank Straham was the best dressed coach in NFL history…It’s almost like after the game he was a captain on a cruise ship.

  5. Tell me… Why is it these protests only seem to take place on Sunday afternoon in the fall? Are they kneeling now? Where are their protests going on currently? These aren’t protests. These are just tantrums being thrown in the face of the NFL. Grow the hell up!

  6. One thing the players can do is refuse to support and be involved in NFL “social initiatives” like “breast cancer awareness month”, “so called military honor days” (I am a disabled veteran so save your whining about disrespecting the military for someone else) and other social/political propaganda they choose to support. I personally would love to see an end to players wearing pink shoes and socks! The owners don’t have a problem with supporting social/political issues except when those issues affect the demographic that constitutes 70% of the league!

  7. Nobody will say it, but I think the overwhelming majority of the players support standing for the anthem. They don’t want to boycott the OTA’s, either. You keep coddling to the handful of players who still wish to kneel. You speak of the displeasure of the NFL players…and once again, I guarantee “most” are happy with this resolution.

  8. And the coaches can decide that another players can overtake them on the depth chart. What comes around, goes around.

  9. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s decision by the NFL to alter the anthem policy in a way that managed to do more harm than good, the NFL Players Association wasn’t happy.

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    Who says it did more harm than good?

    I don’t care what the media thinks about the issue.

    I don’t care what some players think about it.

    The majority of the fans feel it was a honest effort at a reasonable compromise.

    Normally in a compromise, neither side is 100% happy.

    It seems certain players and the media aren’t happy unless they don’t have to compromise.

  10. The cowboys wouldn’t skip OTA’s, most of the team crossed a picket line and played against other teams replacement players back in the day.

  11. It’s bad enough that the media is been pandering to the players and the Union on an issue that fly’s in the face of the American spirit. Now you are providing and pushing strategy for them. It’s sad to see the majority of sports media following lock step with there leftist brethren in the news side of the media. I guess we can now refer to you all as part of the “Swamp” that we will need to drain.

  12. Let’s face it. You trump supporters could care less about the anthem until moron45 made a big deal out of it. The issue would have gone away if he kept his dumb mouth closed. He has divided our county so much it’s sickening. His morals are about as low as can be but you still support him. Such hypocrites. He is slowly turning our country into a dictatorship ruled by him.

  13. Tell me… Why is it these protests only seem to take place on Sunday afternoon in the fall? Are they kneeling now? Where are their protests going on currently? These aren’t protests. These are just tantrums being thrown in the face of the NFL. Grow the hell up!

    First of all the reasons they’re done around game time is because millions of Americans are watching and nobody would watch if you just did it publicly in your own neighborhood(I don’t care how famous you are). If we’re talking about follow the leader here, how about you following every other idiot who thinks it’s disrespecting the flag like the president does. When the people of the military already understand it’s not about them. How about we come together as a group like they want us toand fix those problems. Instead of ranting ignorantly about somebody who makes more money than you and constantly puts his self in harm’s way for your entertainment, protesting and maybe accomplishing more than the average Joe to solve a problem. Or do you not believe there’s still a problem? Police brutality happens, thankfully I’ve never felt it, but know those who have.

    Enough talk about those issues though, florio, I can’t wait until at least preseason starts so you can stop drumming up the same issues over and over about the flag and the anthem. Geez, give it a break or should I just check you out around the first preseason game

  14. Let’s see if this issue is more important to them than it is to the sjw

    source7769 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Let’s see if this “issue” is more important to them than money

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  15. I’ve yet to come across anyone who doesn’t approve of the NFL banning kneeling for the anthem.

    They’re free to protest whatever they like on their own time. Just like the rest of us. NFL fields are for football, not politics.

  16. ronnyw9 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Not even a Trump supporter, but it’s pretty hilarious to read someones self-righteous post such as ronnyw9. Considering, there’s a high probability this person voted for Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton; a pillar of honesty and moral high ground! (dripping with sarcasm)

    Mmm hmmm…

  17. Comrade Lenin, Mao, Marx,Fidel, Ho Cheand Hugo support kneeling. Patriots Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower,Reagan and Trump do not. Pick a side. Choose wisely.

  18. Yes, Florio, that sounds like a genius idea.
    And meanwhile, let one or two of your teammates pass you on the depth chart while you’re sitting out, over an issue that only an ultra-liberal sportswriter and a handful of players truly care about.

    Think it can’t happen, ask Colin Kaepernick or Eric Reid what they think?

  19. ronnyw9 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Let’s face it. You trump supporters could care less about the anthem until moron45 made a big deal out of it. The issue would have gone away if he kept his dumb mouth closed. He has divided our county so much it’s sickening. His morals are about as low as can be but you still support him. Such hypocrites. He is slowly turning our country into a dictatorship ruled by him.
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    Yeah, the media never mentioned the kneeling before the President chimed in. Making stuff up must be embedded in liberal DNA. You should calm down with the melodramatic statements because you have another 6.5 years of him to go.

  20. ronnyw9 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Let’s face it. You trump supporters could care less about the anthem until moron45 made a big deal out of it. The issue would have gone away if he kept his dumb mouth closed. He has divided our county so much it’s sickening. His morals are about as low as can be but you still support him. Such hypocrites. He is slowly turning our country into a dictatorship ruled by him.
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    WOW a President of a country supports the anthem and flag and some feel that’s dividing a country. Boy that’s an intelligent take – for a snow flake leftist.

  21. These fools aren’t going to jeopardize their income by missing OTA that have bonus money tied to them. Enough of this nonsense, you see where all this got Colin K Right? Unemployed!! Just play football and use your off-season to do your protests!!

  22. Somehow this is just poetic – essentially suggesting that players “hang their junk” out there in protest. I agree – if you want to protest, why not do exactly that on Sunday in front of a TV audience, and be prepared for Casino Royale treatment!

  23. beachsidejames says:

    What will they do next start burning the flag?
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    What’s amusing is when the leftists call that patriotic.

  24. ronnyw9 says:

    Let’s face it. You trump supporters could care less about the anthem until moron45 made a big deal out of it.
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    It was the main NFL story for the entire 2017 offseason and preseason, before your president said a word. They were the most commented articles.

  25. chiefpontiac57 says:

    Why do you find it necessary to suggest protest options. Just let it go….
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    He’s upset because yet again he lost on a social justice issue he pushes. Thought the Redskins were gonna lose that trademark? Where’s Michael Sam? Hahaha

  26. Kinda strange career advice, but that’s how liberals think I guess. Be careful you young whipper snappers who you get your advice from!

  27. Here’s an idea: They can go to their OTAs and keep their money, but then cut their pant crotches out (including the back end) for the first NFL preseason game with all of it’s pomp and circumstance … then they can take a knee, telling all of America including the NFL hierarchy to kiss their azzes.

  28. woodstakes spoken like a Trump supporter. Bringing up Hillary Clinton. In case you haven’t heard she’s not the president. Moron45 is embarrassment to our country. Trump escalated this issue with his big mouth. You poor people are being taken for the fools you are.

  29. Time the fans show their disapproval as well and stop going to games stop by NFL junk and for sure stop listening to a bunch of cry babies that feel they have the right to say and complain at will but no one else has the same rights.

  30. Mike, you should tell them to boycott the 1st national televised game………on NBC!!!!

  31. ronnyw9 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    woodstakes spoken like a Trump supporter. Bringing up Hillary Clinton. In case you haven’t heard she’s not the president. Moron45 is embarrassment to our country. Trump escalated this issue with his big mouth. You poor people are being taken for the fools you are.
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    I can give you good summary about Trump supporters in general. Years went by with Washington DC not listening to hard working people. Not just Obama but Bush as well. Tone deaf politicians thinking they could say whatever to get elected and do another once in office. The chipping away of the country by the swamp and the globalists are over. Trump is none of that. Is he a jerk sometimes? Sure. Does he have weird hair and orange skin? Yep. But we don’t care. He’s a good man who loves his family and his country. He works long hours daily to do what is best for the country. Hires the right people and listens to what they tell him. That is what matters to us. He was expected to produce results his whole life and we are not disappointed by his results for the country.

  32. You forget it was a small minority of players taking a knee. A lot of them couldn’t care less that they have to stand, they always have. The losers who kneeled can skip OTA’s and get cut. The league will be fine without such Malcomtents. Whoops, did I misspell that?

  33. Is nbcsports suggesting that players who don’t agree with the anthem protest should be sexually harassed? Totally disgusting and completely predictable for the left to be willing to violate any “principles” they have in order to prove a point.

  34. Scalia explained why he cast the deciding vote in the Johnson case, on the principal of a textual reading of the First Amendment. “If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Scalia said at a November 2015 event in Philadelphia. “But I am not king.”

    Scalia, as staunch a conservative as this country has ever seen, did two things that a certain pseudoconservative in the white house is incapable of doing – 1. Appreciating the importance of the first amendment and 2. Acknowledging that he is not king.

  35. johngaltwho, they don’t burn the flag at their place of employment. If they did, they’d be fired.

  36. that’s a disgusting story and it’s OK to ridicule teammates if they don’t agree with what the majority wants. Those aren’t the values I was taught.

  37. “If the NFL’s starting quarterbacks come together and agree to make it known to all other quarterbacks on the roster that none of them will be working, well, good luck having football practice with no quarterbacks.”

    So your suggestion is collusion? Ironic..

  38. Perhaps the writers who suggest this should take a stance and give up writing and their paycheck until this all gets sorted out. The world needs ditch diggers too!

  39. The most obvious question is how many players in the NFL have had friends and family murdered by their own race (pick a race) vs how many cops have murdered an innocent civilian?

    No one wants to be that innocent civilian. I get that. But the ratio is about 2000 to 1, if not higher.

    So how about kneeling for all the race on race crime?

  40. johngaltwho says:
    May 26, 2018 at 8:24 pm
    Scalia explained why he cast the deciding vote in the Johnson case, on the principal of a textual reading of the First Amendment. “If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Scalia said at a November 2015 event in Philadelphia. “But I am not king.”

    Scalia, as staunch a conservative as this country has ever seen, did two things that a certain pseudoconservative in the white house is incapable of doing – 1. Appreciating the importance of the first amendment and 2. Acknowledging that he is not king.
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    Only a moron lib would try to besmirch a great President with the words of Antonin Scalia.

  41. Ya know there is someone a lot of these players are forgetting….two words…..Pat Tillman.

    He gave it all up.He fought so you all could play on Sundays and sleep under the blanket of freedom.

    Least you could all do is honor is memory and legacy by standing. After all he is still a part of the shield and part of the brotherhood and fraternity that is the NFL!

    Some of you think your’re entitled because of skin color, society owes you. My family never owned slaves so I don’t owe you crap.

    Fans pay for entertainment not for your political views.

    PAT TILLMAN, REMEMBER THAT NAME! HE IS ONE OF MANY WHO DIED FOR THAT FLAG!

    Died so you can whine about standing for the anthem. Shut the hell up and play ball. You want to be political retire and run for office to make a change.

  42. Why are so many people so angry that some of us would like to see a private company embrace the individuals who work for them? Simple math says revenues are up across the board since Kapaernick started kneeling so maybe it has been good for business. But really, why so angry that someone who works for a company in an industry that presumably more than 99% of us don’t, wants to spend a minute grabbing some attention for something important to him? Peoe keep making tge accurate argume t that a private compamy can restrict free expression while on the clock. But that is an argument of logic. Everything after is impassioned. Are you angry because you don’t like the distraction, because you don’t understand the protest, because you think professional football consumption is a right instead of a private industry selling merchandise, tickets, and advertising? Or is it some other reason?

  43. Yes, the players are the snowflakes. Not the ones complaining about how offended they are that some people are simply not observing a song in silence the way they want them to. Also, “snowflake” is the dumbest insult ever. Those that complain about snowflakes are now “cobwebs” because you can’t let anything go.

    OH and I agree, that’s just as dumb as “snowflake”

  44. So, it’s not about trying to effect social change, it’s about showing the owners that players are willing to defy rules they don’t like?

    How noble.

  45. pantherpro says:
    May 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    Can we fire the orangutan Trump?

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    Now what if the was said about Obama? GOOD LAWD there would be outrage here, they would be called a racist right?

    To much of a double standard. Don’t cause the storm then complain when it rains!

  46. This type of protesting pits fans against fans. At games where excessive drinking happens a lot this could become a stadium fan safety issue. Not a good idea to let this continue for that reason alone.

  47. Spoken like a true Liberal idiot……..Hillary is that you again?

    ronnyw9 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Let’s face it. You trump supporters could care less about the anthem until moron45 made a big deal out of it. The issue would have gone away if he kept his dumb mouth closed. He has divided our county so much it’s sickening. His morals are about as low as can be but you still support him. Such hypocrites. He is slowly turning our country into a dictatorship ruled by him.

  48. @ ronnyw9
    I voted for Obama, he did his fair share of dividing this country as well.He had the perfect opportunity to address the murders in Chicago and did nothing at all.Not a damn thing.

  49. The NFL never should have let these crying whiners kneel to begin with. They should’ve shut it down from Day 1. Your employer has the right to discipline you if you are hurting their business, and these players should be disciplined for kneeling. It has hurt business which is why the NFL finely manned up and said no more.

  50. NFL GAME OPERATIONS MANUAL SECTION A62 63- The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. But the game operations manual does.
    Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:
    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses. enforce the all the rules. Its no different than pass interference or roughing the quarterback. Its already a rule, Goodell failed to enforce for two years. Now the league stands to loose money because gambling has been legalized and people who don’t watch games generally don’t gamble on them either.

  51. There’s a reason players continually get screwed by owners. They always choose money over principle. This won’t be any different.

  52. Now this is some hard-core hypocrisy. Trying to get players to boycott playing football while at the same time complaining about other players not being given the opportunity to play football.

  53. If they take action, they will lose not only those bonuses, but MILLIONS more in the future due to a greatly decreased TV deal that the NFL will have to accept due to the ratings being in a downward spiral because of these players.

  54. Yep. I ‘m guessing if your workplace required you to profess your patriotism or get fired, you’d show your extreme bravery and do whatever was asked. This whole issue is baloney and totally at odds with American ideals. The next step is to pass laws making standing for the anthem and placing your hand over your heart mandatory. This country hasn’t taken long to go in the toilet.

  55. Yes, retire.

    If they were really concerned about making a positive difference, they should speak to communities in their Cities about the importance of two-parent homes and fathers in the lives of their sons.

    Failing that,just link out the Chris Rock skit on how not to behave when encountering law enforcement officers. This kneeling is all politically-motivated and useless virtue-signalling and everyone knows it.

  56. marino198448 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm
    Mike, you should tell them to boycott the 1st national televised game………on NBC!!!!
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    What a fantastic idea. Mike why don’t you take to the airwaves and use your position at NBC to insult the president and speak out against the NFL. NBC is also partly to blame so use their television show to fix the problem. Force NBC to put pressure on the owners. If they don’t change their ways I have a simple solution.

    Do nothing! When your show starts don’t say a word. Then when Simms comes on cut his mike. There no show. After all – you are the story. NBC would never be able to replace you.

  57. Not lost upon the NFL is the fact that a large number of NFL fans boycotted the league last season over the anthem issue. They will be difficult to win back anyway, but especially if the controversy continues.

  58. If you can step back, you realize this has more to do about whats “right” vs. “wrong” as it relates to having the ability to living in the USA. Trump vs. Hilary should not even be involved in how one views this situation. Republican vs. Democrat should not be of connsequence. If you own an NFL football team, shouldn’t you have the right to interview employees like any other company in the US? If your are measuring two potential employees against each other, shouldn’t you be able to choose the candidate that best represents the values you distill in your company and organization? The answer is yes, be fair and interview all but hire who is best qualified but also best represents the values of what your organization wants to instill.

  59. I don’t care whether they play or not. The game will go on. High school and college games is the games to watch.

  60. Look, some people really enjoy a few moments of unified pride in our country at a big social gathering, like a football game. It can feel good to join together and show pride and respect for something big we are all a part of, our country. And when something disrupts that, like the camera showing someone not joining in, it can be displeasing (even if you see kneeling as a sign of respect, like when you kneel to propose).

    Okay, so you don’t like it. But why do something about it? Don’t we take pride in our independence and individuality? We can’t be a nation of strong people that make their own way, if we can’t tolerate our differences.

    Maybe you would enjoy it more if everyone stood for the flag, but take some extra pride in America the next time someone doesn’t join in, or protests, because their freedom to do so, right or wrong, is one of the best parts of our nation.

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