Cardinals owner openly supports new Supreme Court nominee

AP

The NFL is desperate to get #BackToFootball. Except, of course, when it isn’t.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill openly supports — via his team’s official website — the appointment of high school classmate Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Although Bidwill’s quotes and the letter he has signed supporting Kavanaugh says nothing about politics and espouses no political causes or ideologies, everything about the appointment of a Supreme Court justice is political.

Bidwill’s support for Kavanaugh comes at a time when players advocating political causes routinely are told to “stick to football,” and the league seems willing only to listen to a vocal minority of fans on the hotly-contested national anthem issue. Bidwill’s gesture follows last year’s effort by Broncos G.M. John Elway to publicly support the candidacy of Neil Gorsuch, the most recent justice appointed to the Supreme Court. (And, yes, Elway said, “Take the politics out of football” only six months later.)

Regardless of political views, the point here is that the NFL and its fans shouldn’t be able to have it both aways. If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.

And if it’s regarded as “bad for business” when players push their political interests on company time, it should be regarded as “bad for business” for an owner to use his team’s official online media platform to do the same.

It will be interesting to see whether other owners follow Bidwill’s lead in the coming days and weeks, and whether players will have something to say about this apparent double standard.

178 responses to “Cardinals owner openly supports new Supreme Court nominee

  1. Shouldn’t be able to appoint nothing until the russia investigation is over. I don’t want any potential commie puppets on our highest court.

  2. There IS a difference. He’s not doing it on the football field during the national anthem.

  3. Nice try. It’s bad for business when you do it during the National Anthem and the Us flag flying. Say whatever you want in your own time, not while I’m watching the game

  4. Players already do openly express their political views. I don’t particularly like defending billionaire owners but we are getting pretty good at getting mad at people for no reason and it would be nice to see that trend take a negative trajectory. Let’s be part of the solution, PFT, whaddya say?

  5. Florio is upset because his personal politics don’t like up with an owners and he is going to let everyone know how terrible that is.

  6. This is a reach.
    I don’t typically side with the owners, but comparing this use of a website by the owner to player protests during the anthem is apples and oranges.
    A simple explanation….
    I own my business. If I’m 10 minutes late to work, that’s fine. I’m paying my employees to wait. If they are 10 minutes late, NOT OK! I don’t appreciate waiting for those I pay. Owners and players don’t have the same “rights” if that’s what you want to call them.
    I don’t really care if players choose to kneel. I don’t think it’s affective, but I don’t think they are being disrespectful to veterans. But the argument in this article is weak.

  7. “Regardless of political views, the point here is that the NFL and its fans shouldn’t be able to have it both aways. If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.”

    —————

    Amazingly, I actually agree with something Florio said. Bidwell should keep his political opinions to himself and worry more about whether his team will finish out of the cellar in the division this year.

    And incidentally, great pick by President Trump.

  8. It’s his old buddy…I think friendship comes before politics in this manner. Seems more like the author trying to stir the pot than calm the readers.

  9. No matter what you think Florio about the selection vs. nfl exec’s, everything today revolves around if your a Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative. That is just how it is in today’s world—————-

  10. Are these owners or representatives of teams endorsing politicians or judges on their own time or during Game Day?

    Most, including myself, aren’t wanting to supress players’ political convictions or messages (even if they are vastly different than mine). No one (or no one who is reasonable) is saying for players not to use twitter or social media to advance the causes they support. Just don’t do it on Gameday when it involves the flag of our Country.

  11. An NFL Billionare Owner supports a recent political Supreme Court Nominee also a law school graduate. I guess it sounds simple enough????

  12. He went to school with the guy. They go way back. A guy I went to school with won an Oscar a few years ago. I might not agree with everything he’s done in life or believes in, but I was sure as heck proud a guy I graduated with become something of himself and won a freakin oscar!!!

  13. Shocking that a right-wing white billionaire would take such a controversial stand, supporting another stolen Supreme Court seat by a criminal *Resident under investigation for treason with a foreign country. But let’s complain about peaceful protests by athletes while Trump and the Republicans wipe their butts with the American flag.

  14. One of my favorite players is Steve Largent. Hate his politics. With that being said, I am not torn up over this and I was about to pass on making a comment until you mentioned Elway… I think most people who pay attention hate HYPOCRISY and LIES unless it is sweet lies they want to hear. Elway has really turned into a guy I can’t stand, to go along with I don’t wanna play for Baltimore in the cold. I respect a guy like Largent who is consistent. I will always say leave politics OUT of sports but it creeps in no matter what.

  15. Couldn’t agree more with your sentiment. Huge bed messing by him! You can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too

  16. Did Bidwill get down on one knee during the pre-game anthem in support of Kavanaugh, or did he hold up a sign on the field on game day?

  17. So?

    An alternate headline to this would be:

    Cardinals owner joins half of America in supporting new Supreme Court nominee

    Supporting a judge for the Supreme Court is not controversial, just as not supporting one is as well.

  18. Actually, nothing about the judiciary should be political. Judges are expected to be non-partisan and interpret the application of the laws that have been passed by elected representatives and the Constitution of the United States of America.

    It is the media and the two main political parties that whip people into a mindless, wild frenzy of political gamemanship. A judge’s role is to interpret and apply. Congress’ role to write and pass the laws. If we don’t like the law, we work through Congress.

  19. >>>”If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.”<<<<

    The players can. On their own time. They have no right to do it before a game. They are on the clock on the job. The players can be as political as they want. Again on their own time…

  20. Kavanaugh was his high school classmate. You say it yourself, “Although Bidwill’s quotes and the letter he has signed supporting Kavanaugh says nothing about politics and espouses no political causes or ideologies”, you also add “everything about the appointment of a Supreme Court justice is political.”
    This doesn’t sound political to me, just a man happy for his friend. For some of you, everything you disagree with is a reason to get upset. This is really much ado about nothing.

  21. Honestly? This is where you guys are going? You’re going to turn everything political whenever possible. Done coming to this board. I can get my fix of football talk elsewhere. Sad. Hope PA stops having you on his show every week. Pathetic click bait.

  22. The difference is this:
    Players advocate for criminals
    Owners advocate for law-abiding citizens
    Owners are the employers and make the rules, players must follow the rules.
    That’s one of the perks of being a boss.
    Yet again PFT demands that owners and players be treated as equals when they are not.
    Will PFT demand that Congress and the federal bureaucracy be held accountable to the same laws that they force on citizens? I highly doubt it…

  23. You don’t seem to understand the word owner, it means he owns the team and the website. He can say anything he wants on his website, get it?? Just like you own this website and say what you want to say all the time regardless if it hurts your business.

  24. It’s his team and his business. He can do whatever he wants. If his business loses money because of it, it’s his business and his money.

    Why is this so hard to understand for someone supposedly as smart as you?

    If you want the freedom to do whatever you want on company time, then start your own company.

  25. Yeah, right. Another broad brushed, ankle biting synopsis from someone who has no business lecturing well intentioned fans of professional football who come here in an attempt to enjoy what is entertainment.
    The guy is an owner. He can say or do what he chooses and deal with the consequences a they come. The players are on the owner’s dime and need to toe the line like anyone else who has a boss, or deal with the consequences.
    I only hope, not breathlessly for obvious reasons, that you hatch out an article that lists the players that actually DID something this offseason to attract attention to what their cause is.
    Now that would be news worthy.

  26. Players have a right to voice their opinions on all kinds of matters. On they’re own time. Bidwell isn’t holding up a sign during the Nation Anthem is he? This is a false comparison and you know it.

  27. I don’t think the issue was you couldn’t be political. It was don’t do it during the three hours of competition.

    But you already knew that.

  28. I am up in arms about this. Not really though because Im an adult and I don’t care about who an NFL owner openly supports for the Supreme Court Nomination

  29. Kavanaugh is a good choice.
    Owners pay the bills.
    When players pay the bills, then they can do whatever they want.

  30. Oh please. They are childhood friends, have known each other 37 years. Bidwill stayed close to him through the years. Attended his wedding. Both became attorneys. Bidwill simply joined with over 100 high school alumni who signed a letter vouching for the guy’s character…alumni who came from a variety of political ideologies. Being from DC, they are probably 90% Democrats. A guy can’t support a friend now?

  31. Management is NOT labor. There’s a roaring difference. Political? Yes. Unfortunately. A nominee need only to read the constitution as written and explained in the Federalist Papers and apply it to the law for he’she to be suitable. Which side doesn’t do that?

  32. Cause his dog is neutered.

    Rich people will find doctors
    Poor people will have kids
    Middle class kids will be in those dark alleys.

    Make America Messed Up Again

    Roe vs Wade…and I”M PRO LIFE… but it’s a woman’s choice.

  33. With all due respect to the founder of this site, I do have a few qualms that I wish to point out, in a broad sense… The first thing is (like it or not) the boss is always right. The owner cannot be fired. In some states it is a right to fight “the man.” In most states, it isn’t. The reality is that the person in charge is not held to the same standards as everyone else. I understand in the NFL there is a such thing as a CBA. For most working people in the country, that is not the case. The other thing is that he is high school classmates with the new Supreme Court Justice which taken into context makes this as apolitical of a politial statement as can be received. The second thing is, by making this a headline on your site (which is my favorite and most respected NFL news site) with your own byline, you are helping drive the narrative of the greater conversation, which as you addressed in your article is :”does political discourse have a place in football?”

  34. Of course… Hypocrisy at it’s finest. that’s the American political way. Just to be a PIW at every turn (Political ideology warrior). It’s always stick to whatever unless you can get with your gang and bang on whomever disagrees

  35. Are you kidding? Such a difference supporting a Supreme Court nominee and kneeling for national anthem, a real stretch. This guy was high school friend

  36. This is grasping at straws. Let me know when Bidwill runs out on to the field waving a banner with Kavanaugh’s face on it. This is an owner giving a shoutout to a former classmate nominated for one of the most prestigious positions in our government.

  37. Bidwill is a former federal prosecutor and a catholic. May even know the guy.

    Funny that Florio equates this with kneeling in a packed stadium during the anthem.

    How can Florio equate the two as equal is ludicrous.

    You’ve got it backwards. Some things are black and white and something are shades of grey. The key is knowing which is which. You’ve got it backwards.

  38. If the owner insists on coming on to the field and disrespecting the flag in order to support the SCOTUS – then the NFL should respond just as it did with the players.

    Somehow I dont see it being an issue.

  39. Ahhh, conservatives… Ever the hypocrites.

    So now that inserting politics into the sport when it supports your political ideology is ok – who’s ready to have a conversation?

  40. So is the NFL one company with 32 branches, or 32 companies engaged in a government accepted cartel? We know that it is the latter. Therefore, while it is definitely hypocritical for the owner of an NFL business to espouse political opinion that is “bad for business”, sadly they are entitled to do so – because they are the owner. Employees are not afforded that benefit. When they act in a manner that is “bad for business” they are subject to discipline and/or termination. Business hypocrisy is disgusting, but a reality of a capitalistic society.

  41. I missed the part where he was kneeling and disrespting the flag to show his support. You keep missing the point. These guys can say whatever they want on their own time as long as they don’t disrespect the flag, troops and country during the game.

  42. Bidwill went to high school with Kavanaugh. He is supporting a friend. Kavanaugh appears to be a good family man with strong moral values and a desire to uphold the constitution.

  43. “and the league seems willing only to listen to a vocal minority”

    You mean majority, right? Or are you really that out of touch with the same fans who click your articles and support you?

  44. Bidwell—who is using a platform that he purchased and owns—is not doing anything that could be construed as disrespecting the nation, the flag, or the military.

  45. Fans support players who are advocating for worthy causes. There is an appropriate time for everything. Bidwill is not advocating “during” the anthem. Why can’t you see the difference?

    Hey guys let’s go “protest” disrupt the rally for breast cancer tomorrow to bring attention to our cause to support prostate cancer. Right in the middle of the rally we can yell and scream our prostates matter! I’m sure the breast cancer survivors won’t mind and we can really draw a lot of attention to ourselves and accomplish nothing!

  46. This seems like reason enough to root against the Cardinals. Anyone who supports anything that Traitor Trump does deserves only public contempt and rejection.

  47. Not football worthy news, don’t care what billionaire owners do.

    Gimmie a free agent round up…Dez, Navarro, DeMarco.

    Leave politics to the rest of my facebook newsfeed

  48. If you’re rich and white you are allowed to talk politics. It’s only when the “paid folk”, aka your black employees, speak up that’s it not allowed.

    And cue up at least one mouth breather who will rail about how much money those “paid folk” earn and they ain’t got it so bad and they should stop protesting the military … Yep, and when a rich white person gets pulled over by the cops, and manhandled over an innocuous offence (if one happened at all), or has their neighbour call the cops because they don’t think they belong in the right white person’s neighbourhood, or have any of the umpteen things a day that happen to them that routinely happen to people who aren’t rich and white, I will gladly join the chorus. Until then, you’re just an undereducated troglodyte, who has no clue, or worse, no care, about the injustices suffered by your fellow Americans.

  49. The players need to “stick to football” because they are EMPLOYEES.
    the owners are just that…the OWNERS, and can do what they want.
    If these ungrateful, spoiled, troublemaking brats want to be true shot callers, true bosses, then they should buy their own team.
    Until then, STICK TO FOOTBALL, keep their mouths shut, do as their told, and perform well enough to keep their owners happy

  50. Openly supporting a high school classmate that got nominated for the supreme court, and doing it without espousing any “political causes or ideologies”…. It seems like the natural, upstanding (and wise) thing to do.

    Alternatively:

    Hey buddy, remember when you almost became a supreme court justice and I ignored the fact that I even knew you? Anyway, I got this little speeding ticket ….

  51. I agree, stick to football.

    All us intelligent fans know, however, that will never happen. The media knows it and will bring up these hot button topics to increase traffic to their website or to their television station.

    It used to be ‘If it bleeds, it leads’. Today that continues to holds true but anything to divide and cause controversy will be inserted into every medium because it sells.

    We aren’t naive. That horse is alive and well and it is getting beat daily because it does so much great work.

  52. President Trump was wrong about one thing. He said that with him as President we would win so much that we would be sick of winning all the time. I feel fine, all the winning has yet to make me sick. I don’t think that I’ll ever get sick of watching the liberals further implode with every tweet or action from our great President.

  53. If Bidwell kneels during the anthem to protest the violent acts of people protesting the scotus appointment or for any other political reason the fans who hate the kneeling will be just as angry at him as they are at the players who kneel

  54. The guy is another entitled Trump supporter living on his own planet. Like his father before him Bidwell should just get back to being a bad owner on a team that never won a Superbowl.

  55. Does the Cardinals owner prefer boxers or briefs with footballs om them? Just because someone references football doesn’t mean it’s a story. Stop being such a baby about this ordeal.

  56. Why is this even on here? you media would never take issue with an owner or player supporting a Democrat or Democrat selected Supreme Court nominee.
    And as predicted, whiners are protesting, yet again. Media calls this a controversial pick. Funny how I’ve never heard the media refer to things Dems do or say as controversial. Yet anything a republican does is…

  57. I don’t care as long as he doesn’t kneel down and stop games or speak out in inappropriate venues,

    until then as now it’s not Football

  58. The fact that it has to be explained to you leftists who run this page is sad. No one said players can’t have or voice political opinions. And these owners aren’t going out on the field making a display or protesting or preaching their politics.

  59. The difference is the owners own the business, so they can make any and all business related decisions. Employees do not have the right to make business decisions for the ownership. Supporting a former classmate is not a political move, despite your undying efforts to reframe it.

  60. How is endorsing Kavanaugh as a good person (specifically what the website / letter says), while asserting NOTHING about his politics, the same as disrespecting our flag at an actual game?

    Must be another one of those “microagressions”…

  61. Your missing the point Mr. Florio. The vast majority is not trying to suppress the NFL players political views. Most fans just dont want the players to disrespect the American flag and anthem. It doesn’t matter how often the players say it’s not their intent to show disrespect, but that its perceived as disrespectful by the vast majority of the American population (not a vocal minority), and in particular the military community. Of course not everybody thinks alike, and this includes Republicans, Democrats, and just regular American citizens. Utilizing social media to show support for a political cause like a small number of owners and many players do isn’t disrespectful and should be applauded whether you agree with them or not. They are utilizing THEIR platform for THEIR cause in a respectable manner. Unfortunately the disrespect towards the American flag and anthem which is PERCEIVED by the majority draws views and clicks that the media lives by.

  62. “And if it’s regarded as “bad for business” when players push their political interests on company time, it should be regarded as “bad for business” for an owner to use his team’s official online media platform to do the same.”

    Well stated. However, the half-brain, vocal diarrhea from billionaire white guys seems to carry much more weight. I wonder why.

  63. And can we PLEASE stop calling judges “conservative” or “liberal”?? That is NOT a measuring stick of SCOTUS judges, rather it’s those who believe the Constitution means what it says [“Originalists”, etc.] or those who (nonsensically) believe they can make it say whatever they want it to say [“Interpretationalists”, “Pragmatists”, etc.].

    Labeling them based on their political stances detracts from the important test of whether or not they will uphold the Rule of Law by judging and not legislating.

  64. A little different to support a friend’s candidacy off-field than to bring an issue down on to the field during the National Anthem and have people kneel, thereby bringing it in to everyone’s living room. I distinctly remember many owners publicly supporting President Obama’s candidacy when he ran both times – Rooney comes to mind.

  65. Regardless of political views, the point here is that the NFL and its fans shouldn’t be able to have it both aways. If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.
    =======================================================

    We don’t want them to do it on the football field. We don’t care what they do on their own time. What part of that can you not grasp?

  66. Keep your politics out of football please Mr. Bidwill. Support who you want to support, but leave it off of your football teams website. We definitely don’t need any more reasons to be divided as football fans.

  67. “Regardless of political views, the point here is that the NFL and its fans shouldn’t be able to have it both aways. If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.”

    The players have always had – and have been reminded that they have – every right to be active on their own time.

    I don’t recall Bidwell or Elway making political statements during the national anthem on the football field.

    PLEASE NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE!

  68. This article confuses the message for the method. No one has a problem with players expressing political points of view, whether it is on Twitter, in interviews or on their personal websites. The only time people have a problem with it is when they choose to do so during the national anthem, an act which many view as disrespectful to the nation as a whole, regardless of the nobility of their motives.

  69. Mike, what are you thinking? No one has said NFL players should not be active in politics or social issues. We have only said to keep it out of game day. Everyone has a right to believe, support, and proclaim their beliefs, players and executives alike. But as fans, we also have the right to enjoy our favorite team for 3 hours on game day as an escape from the political world.

  70. In this day and age anyone that supports anything Trump does will be vilified. I give him props for taking the risk of showing support.

  71. I have a feeling that most who have a problem with the players protesting will have no problem with this. It’s America and the owners have rights. Right?

  72. My understanding is they went to high school together and have been friends since. Can’t we just leave it at that?

  73. One disrespects the flag, the other doesn’t. This has nothing to do with the players kneeling.

  74. So Bidwell announced his support of Kavanaugh during the national anthem? Or while the game was going on? No? He did it on his own time? Great. Player could learn an important lesson. PROTEST ON YOUR OWN TIME.

  75. “openly supports”…OMG…he’s so daring to “openly” support a conservative….

    He’s the owner…he can say whatever he wants…no one can fire him. If politics hurts his business…well, that’s literally his business.

    Players can say whatever they want…it’s just not their business…so, if it hurts the company they work for, they can be fired.

    I’m not sure why anyone is confused.

  76. Hey Florio….your statement “If it’s OK for owners to advocate political causes, it should be OK for players to do the same, without consequence.” The difference is that he is the boss of HIS team and can do that on HIS company time, where as an employee cannot.

  77. Who care what any of these people; players, coaches, owners or fans; say away from the field, but for the 16-20 days that meaningful football is played, can all of who enjoy watching or make a living off of football just stick to football? The other 345 days each year they can ramble on about whatever cause they want to, publically approve or disapprove of other public figures. Game day should be about the game.

  78. Was he expressing his opinions at the game? If not….who cares. The players are free to do whatever they want on their own time too

  79. it looks like certain individuals get to enjoy liberties and unquestioned freedoms, while other individuals are still on the outside looking in. certain individuals have to stick to football.

  80. He’s the owner, the players are employees and no one has said they couldn’t support anything the wish when they aren’t at Work! Also, he’s not doing this during the time where we are showing respect to our country, servicemen etc. But, hey whatever rhetoric fits your agenda

  81. Florio- I haven’t heard too many people tell players just to stick to football. What I have heard people say it is stand for the national anthem. Keep politics off of the field. There’s a world of difference between that and somebody supporting a high school classmate who was nominated to the highest court in the land. Come on, even you know that’s a stretch.

  82. Nobody says players shouldn’t support candidates or causes. They should do it on their own time when not in uniform.

    There’s nothing wrong with Bidwill or Elway supporting confirmation of judges they know and like.

  83. I can decide as an owner to express my political beliefs through my business. If there is a loss of business or financial loss it is my decision and my doing.

    But none of my employees can express their opinions on my business, that too while wearing my uniform and driving away my customers. Any employees who destroy the value of my business will be fired faster than a speeding bullet.

    Do you, Mike, not know the difference between an owner and a employee?

  84. Was he standing (or kneeing) on the field when he did this in front of all the TV public. Apples and Oranges. Nice try though. So don’t pin this on NFL fans, is that your plan now blame the fan’s let’s see how far that get’s you in your cause. Good one blame the fan’s . Even though this is a terrible example of having it both ways because it is not. To be honest it is perfectly within a fan’s right to have it both ways. Where does it say they can not have it both ways. Show me and then I will start to listen.

  85. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” Both Bidwell & Elway made political statements. Both made them while getting paid, on the company dime, etc. They are a owner & high ranking executive who are getting paid one way or another at all times. Just because they’re not players who get paid weekly game checks doesn’t mean they aren’t part owner,
    part employee, very visible representatives of their teams and the league itself. When players peacefully protest the anthem during games they’re also making political statements while getting paid, on the company dime. Both sides are exercising free speech. So, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  86. Good for him. That means he also supports upholding the constitution which no Democrat does.Trump just continues to win and the lefties continue to get more angry and violent. What a Campaign platform that is!

  87. No difference here than when Belichick went on record with his love letter to Trump. The racists were fine with that, same as they will be fine with Bidwell’s open support of a Supreme Court nominee. They will try to hide their hypocrisy behind the flag, saying the players who kneel are disrespecting those who have so bravely served the country. Again, they’re fine with Cadette Bone Spur’s five deferments. Hypocrisy to the nth degree.

  88. When a sports opinion blogger goes out of their way to criticize the SCOTUS nominee, that’s when you know you probably picked the right person for the job…

  89. everything about the appointment of a Supreme Court justice is political.
    —————————————

    Only when a Democrat appoints one. A Republican President just looks for someone that will defend the Constitution.

  90. Since when does a President who is currently under criminal investigation for collusion and obstruction get to pick a Supreme Court nominee who has the power to let him off the hook?

  91. Right because the employees of a company should be able to do exactly what the owner of the company and their bosses do.

    You work for me, you do what I say or you dont work for me. You dont like it? dont let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    If an NFL player is dumb enough to think that because he is good or valuable to a team as a player means he can do whatever he wants, they are sadly mistaken but then again, the average player is not a brain surgeon and thankfully so.

    Now how about you just play ball and be quiet.

  92. FoozieGrooler says:
    July 10, 2018 at 9:36 am
    Since when does a President who is currently under criminal investigation for collusion and obstruction get to pick a Supreme Court nominee who has the power to let him off the hook?

    _____

    Since “collusion” isn’t a crime, and you can’t obstruct justice by using your constitutional powers, or when there is no crime

  93. Like others have said, there is a big difference between doing something on your personal time and doing it during a game during the national anthem. I would think even the media could understand this. Great pick by the way.

  94. Let’s slice hairs here. BILL Bidwell is actually the OWNER. MICHAEL Bidwill is an EMPLOYEE of the team. So how does that work for all the right wingers who said employees should not express political opinions at work on the company’s dime but should do it on their own time? Isn’t he subject to the same rules as the players?

  95. Normal liberal argument. Conflate 2 things that are nothing alike (making a statement while not getting paid, and making them while on the field-in uniform-getting paid), then act like it’s an injustice that you can’t do whatever you want.

    Just like how liberals appoint judges that don’t care about the law. They just appoint judges that rule by their ideology (this is fact, not opinion. Find the last justice appointed by a democrat that didn’t rule on the liberal side of any issue…..I’ll wait).

  96. The Courts are NOT supposed to be political but liberal judges legislating from the bench instead of adjudicating, make it that way. This Justice Gorsuch quote adds to what the late, GREAT Antonin Scalia said, when Gorsuch opined, “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge… stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.” That’s why liberal judges ALWAYS like the their decisions.

  97. There’s no double standard here. That assertion is just silly.

    Even if there was, though, so what? Owners and employees typically are subject to different rules.

  98. owa65 says:
    July 10, 2018 at 9:53 am
    Like others have said, there is a big difference between doing something on your personal time and doing it during a game during the national anthem. I would think even the media could understand this. Great pick by the way.
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    Get the facts right it wasn’t his personal time he did on Cardinals letterhead and used team media outlets. Big difference!

  99. Brett Kavanaugh after being nominated: “No President has even consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nominee.”

    FACT CHECK: Trump chose names off a list given to him by a special interest group, then he interviewed only four candidates in under two hours last Monday.

    So Kavanaugh’s first official statement was a lie.

  100. Only when a Democrat appoints one. A Republican President just looks for someone that will defend the Constitution.

    —–

    I know you dislike liberals, but you should really open your mind a slight bit. There are some good people, with good ideas, in both parties and some not-so-good people, with bad ideas, in both parties, when it comes to representing the American people as a whole (and by people I mean human beings).

  101. stubborndata says:
    “rich GOP MAGA boy supports another rich GOP judge yea, color me surprised. I hope every player kneels.”
    ****************************************
    The dude was Bidwill’s high school classmate and he’s known him for 37 years. AND, for those of you who are not aware, before he took over the team from his father, MIchael Bidwill was a federal prosecutor. So he’s supporting someone he knows, with an excellent track record as a judge, in a profession he’s well qualified to have an opinion about. And, he owns the team, so he can do whatever he wants – and he’s not doing it on gameday, nor did he express any “political opinions”.

    The reaction by many liberals to this appointment isuch an embarrassment.

  102. sumkat says:
    “..Since “collusion” isn’t a crime, and you can’t obstruct justice by using your constitutional powers, or when there is no crime…”

    If that’s the best argument you can come up with, you’ve already lost.
    Is obstruction of justice also not a crime?

  103. It’s perfectly fine to turn the NFL to politics when it’s the politics you like right? That’s BS. Hypocritical BS by tone deaf NFL owner.

  104. “Bidwill’s support for Kavanaugh comes at a time when players advocating political causes routinely are told to “stick to football,””
    nothing could be further from the truth. NOBODY is telling football players to stick to football on their own time using their own platform. I just don’t want in stadium political protests on the football field. Really is that simple.

  105. Wow…..the Progressives have been melting down since the night Trump was elected and their is no end in sight! Maybe this is the “winning” Trump talked about leading up to the election.

  106. 345snarkavenue says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Only when a Democrat appoints one. A Republican President just looks for someone that will defend the Constitution.

    —–

    I know you dislike liberals, but you should really open your mind a slight bit. There are some good people, with good ideas, in both parties and some not-so-good people, with bad ideas, in both parties, when it comes to representing the American people as a whole (and by people I mean human beings).
    ———————————

    I can agree with that. Both my parents are liberals. But luckily they taught me to think critically. They are from the old Democrat school of thinking which was still in line with what is good for the country and individual freedom. What it has been turned into by radicals in leadership positions of the party is something they don’t recognize. JFK is my parents hero. If he was alive today he would have to run as a Republican because the DNC would reject him for being a capitalist warmonger.

  107. Why is everyone so quick to point out hypocrisy as their default tool in a debate? Every time someone criticizes a group or person, the internet is so quick to criticize them back. What is the purpose of that? Do you want us to say, “Sick Burn!!” or something? Why not actually have a meaningful discussion? Throwing dirt on others is not productive (neither is protesting). It’s the opposite.

  108. FOX News, Hannity, Rush, Alex Jones, etcetera have brainwashed what was once a center right leaning Republican base into a hate fueled, far right fascist movement that only cares that their guy is in power. Over the last 30 years they have slowly sacrificed all of the GOP’s ethics and beliefs for this. The cost is your liberty. Thomas Jefferson said that ANY leader that decries a free press is a tyrant. Our current leader is his case in point. Wake up, America.

  109. sorry, Florio, I didn’t play nicely. With that said, I still think that you’re bitter because it wasn’t the candidate you wanted that won. It reflects poorly on you, just my two cents.

  110. ” fans shouldn’t be able to have it both aways”

    Not that fans want what you say above, no one cares what players/owners do in their free time. However, you are wrong fans are costumers. Last I checked customers can and will want whatever they want, its up to the producer to ensure they are happy. The ironic thing, most fans dont want politics involved in football…yet you continue to help stoke the fire. Alienating fans of the NFL and your own. You also say vocal minority, yet the majority of the people commenting never seem to agree with you on this stuff…either you’re very ignorant of this fact…or you just choose not to accept that you are in the minority.

  111. 3yardsndust says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:12 am
    Trump appoints whoever Putin tells him to. He’s just a red puppet.

    Get to enjoy six more years of your tears. Love it!

  112. Doolin Danger says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:55 am
    FOX News, Hannity, Rush, Alex Jones, etcetera have brainwashed what was once a center right leaning Republican base into a hate fueled, far right fascist movement that only cares that their guy is in power. Over the last 30 years they have slowly sacrificed all of the GOP’s ethics and beliefs for this. The cost is your liberty. Thomas Jefferson said that ANY leader that decries a free press is a tyrant. Our current leader is his case in point. Wake up, America.

    ———

    Actually I feel the exact same way about today’s Left. They have even abandoned core principles held by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and are now advocating for outright open borders and zero prosecution of people here illegally. They are moving so far to the left that they have even alienated middle class working Americans to the point where they voted for Donald effing Trump! And rather than acknowledge this and correct it, their answer is to head even further to the left.

  113. “Thomas Jefferson said that ANY leader that decries a free press is a tyrant. Our current leader is his case in point. Wake up, America.”

    Trump is against the fake news press, not all of the press.

  114. What does any of this have to do with football? The liberals need to stick to their liberal media cohorts to voice their complaints.

  115. Doolin Danger says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:55 am
    FOX News, Hannity, Rush, Alex Jones, etcetera have brainwashed what was once a center right leaning Republican base into a hate fueled, far right fascist movement that only cares that their guy is in power. Over the last 30 years they have slowly sacrificed all of the GOP’s ethics and beliefs for this. The cost is your liberty. Thomas Jefferson said that ANY leader that decries a free press is a tyrant. Our current leader is his case in point. Wake up, America.

    ————-
    Doolin, conservatives arent trying to impeach a duly elected president without any cause. Conservatives arent silencing voices of those that oppose thier thoughts. Conservative arent trying to strip rights like to bear arms from the american people. Conservative dont dress up like Hitler soldiers (antifa) and physically attack and riot in the street. Conservatives arent pushed for open borders and endangering the lives of ice agents for doing thier jobs and protecting Americans citizen. Conservatives are not trying to import a poor working class so they can get services done for below min wage rates.

    Wake up liberal America

  116. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I can agree with that. Both my parents are liberals. But luckily they taught me to think critically. They are from the old Democrat school of thinking which was still in line with what is good for the country and individual freedom. What it has been turned into by radicals in leadership positions of the party is something they don’t recognize. JFK is my parents hero. If he was alive today he would have to run as a Republican because the DNC would reject him for being a capitalist warmonger.

    ——

    I appreciate the sincerity of your response.

    However, do you not notice that the far right is no different than the far left?

    The biggest difference today is the money in politics that steers the agendas. In many instances, PACs funded by wealthy people are dictating the legislative decision-making to the point where if a representative or senator doesn’t follow their agenda, that PAC will fund someone who will in the next primary. PACs have the interest of their donors at their roots, not those of the collective American people.

  117. The fact that more are anti-trump on THIS SITE OF ALL SITES, spells DOOM for the GOP in the mid-terms. You can’t get more right-wing than a pro-football forum (outside an outright political one) – I think the Trump people are living in a Fox News bubble. It’s fantasyland. Fact is, Trump beholds ZERO conservative traits, and is swampier than anyone. When he goes down for his crimes (and he will) where are these brainwashed fools going to go?

  118. Doolin, can you name 1 crime trump is even accused of? Tax cuts are conservative. Letting people keep more of thier own money. Individual rights of the people vs the even increasing gov during the previous admin. Trying to take care of the poor and downtrodden of our people BEFORE taking care of other countries people. We appreciate the sacrifice of our soldiers and dont condem our police force. Fight for true equality while looking at all people as Americans instead of splitting people into tiny groups and putting them against each other that liberal socialist love to do. We are pro immigration but against illegal immigrants ( even Obama and Clinton were for this) Hillary even proposed a wall. The left has been hijacked and they are well funded by socialist looking to tear our country apart.

  119. lenthevikesfan says:

    I have a feeling that most who have a problem with the players protesting will have no problem with this.
    ==============================================

    Yes. Because he’s not doing it on the football field when we sit down to watch a game.

  120. Michael E says:
    July 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Yes. Because he’s not doing it on the football field when we sit down to watch a game.

    ****************************************************************************

    Simple then — just don’t watch the first 30 seconds of the game if it’s too much for you to handle. Is that too much of an inconvenience? I’m guessing you switch channels when a commercial comes on.


  121. tball25 says:

    July 10, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Fascists do as fascists are.”
    ———————————
    Well let’s see. Fascists are socialists, and as I recall only one party ran an admitted socialist in their primary. Anyone heard of Bernie Sanders?

  122. 345snarkavenue says:
    July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 10, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I appreciate the sincerity of your response.

    However, do you not notice that the far right is no different than the far left?

    The biggest difference today is the money in politics that steers the agendas. In many instances, PACs funded by wealthy people are dictating the legislative decision-making to the point where if a representative or senator doesn’t follow their agenda, that PAC will fund someone who will in the next primary. PACs have the interest of their donors at their roots, not those of the collective American people.
    ——————————————

    Guess what, I’m going to agree with you again on most of that. Career squishy swamp Republicans are a big part of the problem too. For years they have said one thing to get elected and then turn around and do whatever their special interests tell them. I don’t call myself a Republican, I’m a Reagan Conservative. Trump was elected because he’s not beholden to anybody in DC. He never will be because he doesn’t care about anyone in DC. He cares about jobs, the law and protecting the country. If that’s “extreme right wing” it just shows how far the left has gone and fell off the table.

  123. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    He never will be because he doesn’t care about anyone in DC. He cares about jobs, the law and protecting the country. If that’s “extreme right wing” it just shows how far the left has gone and fell off the table.

    **********************************************************************

    Being economically conservative or liberal is different from being socially conservative or liberal. Try not to conflate them.

    Also, having guys like Steve Bannon on-board from the get-go will probably get you labeled as “extreme right wing.”

  124. Really…
    I can’t believe this is a serious article and not satire.
    If your read the attached article, Michael Bidwill is simply offering his support to a long time friend. Bidwill and Kavanaugh went to high school together. And have known each other for 37 years. He was the best man at Kavanaugh’s wedding. And their children are friends as well. Aint nothing wrong with supporting your friends publicly.

  125. It’s NEVER a good idea or appropriate for owners to mix politics and religion with business, and successful business owners know this. If Bidwill wants to support his friend in private, that is his right, but to come out publically using the Team webpage as a vehicle for promoting personal views, and his position as the top dog of a team,is not only disrespectful to his own players, who have been called “son of a b**ches” by this president, but also disrespectful of other team personnel and fans who do not share his politics. It almost has a coercive quality to it, that in some arenas would be considered unethical (being a lawyer, I would expect Bidwill to recognize such subtlties).
    The timing of this almost seems like a ploy to shift attention away from the Steve Keim incident, that, as more comes to light, was not the minor incident that the organization PR department has painted, and likely is going to be a legitimate issue for the team.
    The issue isn’t whether or not Bidwill has a right to endorse his friend but rather, the inappropriateness of his using the Team to bring attention and perhaps promote his personal political views.
    As a longtime valley resident, and former season ticket holder for many years, I have completely lost respect for this front office and their hypocritical double standard. I am a fan of the game and the players, NOT the billionair boys club owners who are lock step with “Don the Con” in an effort to protect and grow their wealth with little regard for the hard working people who pay the price to support their organization.
    Feels like Michael Bidwill is taking a page directly from the DT playbook by trying to divert attention from something really serious by doing something outrageos that is certain to grab headlines and bring public outcry while the more serious problem is pushed from awareness.

  126. I mean, players routinely answer questions about the political environment posed to them by reporters in the locker room or at charity events or wherever. This seems closer to that scenario than it is to the flag. Remember, a lot of people who are against the protests have said that they are against it not because of the issue raised, but because they feel that it is disrespectful of the flag and/or the country (despite the players’ efforts to make the case that it isn’t).

    It’s the disrespect of the flag that comes to peoples’ mind when opposing the protests, not necessarily the political stance.

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