Kenny Stills: NFL should have no anthem policy, let players decide for themselves

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Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says the best national anthem policy is no policy at all.

Stills, who has kneeled during the anthem and indicated this year that he may continue to do so even if the NFL tries to pressure players to stand, said he thinks it should be up to the individual.

“Obviously I’d like to see there be no policy at all and the guys have a choice to go out there and do what they want to, and we can support each other and the decisions we want to make,” Stills said, via the Miami Herald.

Asked about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicating that he wouldn’t allow players to kneel, Stills said, “I wouldn’t expect anything different.”

Although the Dolphins reportedly had a rule in place that gave the team the right to suspend players for refusing to stand during the anthem, the Dolphins have said that rule was never formalized and that they’re waiting for the league and players’ union to come to an agreement. Stills thinks the agreement should be that there’s no reason for any rule at all.

110 responses to “Kenny Stills: NFL should have no anthem policy, let players decide for themselves

  1. Here’s a policy idea NFL. Stop accepting money from the military to play the anthem, let people express their patriotism on their own time and in their own way. Stop trying to force faux patriotism down my throat. If you want to sing the song, add in the 3rd stanza/verse to the poem to reveal what F. Scott Key really was talking about.

  2. Us fans will make a deal. You can kneel all you want but the media can’t show it. Because you know how it went last year you would have 100 guys on the field and they would focus on the 2 guys kneeling at the end of the bench. Then move to the highlights which starts with the 2 guys kneeling. Either they can’t show it or they have to bring back Tim Tebow to give the media something else to focus on.

  3. I don’t know why this song means so much to people. Forced nationalism is strange, and this country has a pretty shady past, especially when it comes to how minority groups have been treated. I couldn’t comprehend why a minority would want to stand for a song they feel doesn’t include them. And please stop with the notion that it’s about respecting the military. There are plenty of veterans who disagree with that notion.

  4. How about if you don’t stand, you don’t play? NFL players are being totally disrespectful PERIOD. Don’t tell me I don’t get it. You are at your workplace. You represent the league and the owners (forget the teams, they are only a way to disperse the talent). If they let you get away with “protesting” by disrespecting our National Anthem then I’m out. I don’t feel like going to a protest and seeing a football game break out. I’m not going to support players who are too stupid to know when they are being disrespectful. I’ll take my entertainment dollars elsewhere.

  5. The NFL sees its product in decline and struggling. The players know this. The players seem to think someone will continue to pay them millions of dollars when the sponsors cut back and pull out.

    Different circumstances, but Nascar ignored the obvious signs of disapproval from their fans and now play to 7/8ths empty stadiums and their programming has been relegated to some obscure sports networks. In a few years drivers in nascar will be working for a tenth of what they are getting now. Sponsors are already pulling out and cutting back. The NFL will be in a similar situation in a few years. But, by all means, continue to alienate the fan base.

  6. The kneeling isn’t a problem for me. They talk about it more before and after the game than they do during the game. I only tune in during the game.

    Let the people who care about it tune it to the pre and post game and news shows that make this a bigger discussion. During the game the coverage has been minimal and I appreciate that.

  7. If this isn’t the most millennial response ever, I don’t know what is, snowflake. Newsflash: the people paying your salary (fans) don’t give two rips what YOU think, they want to see their TEAM play football.

  8. I guess Kenny believes that the inmates do run the asylum…

    Earth to Kenny, employees don’t get to protest on company time.

  9. I don’t know why they need the national anthem at sporting events. They don’t have it for movies or shows. What’s the difference?

  10. How about this Kenny. If you and some players want air time to express yourselves, work with the networks to purchase some time of your own using your own money. That will make it easier for those of us who don’t care about your political views to tune out.

  11. You can’t protest at work. Nobody can!! Black, white, yellow, sunburned, ghostly whites, Scandinavians, Germans, anyone!! You can’t do it. It’s annoying as all get out.
    The way it looks to many people is the privileged want more privileges. Once these sponsors pull out, players salaries decline, you can thank the kneelers. Just an insult if you kneel. My opinion and it’s right because it’s mine.
    I know that none of my Vikings players are going to kneel. Not one. Know why? Cause none of them are bigger than the team. Not one Kenny “I’ll drop em’ right in the breadbasket” Stills. You keep kneeling and people will stop watching and you’ll stop getting paid. You should be very thankful to that flag. It entitles you to play a game to make more money in one year than 90% of Americans will make in their lifetime.

  12. 64impalass says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    I remember when this guy kneeled and dropped the most wide open pass ever”
    _________________________________
    What the heck does your comment have to do with the subject being discussed? Have you NEVER made a mistake at work? OR, conversely, have you inevitably made a mistake at work and then been castigated for your religious or political opinions? Grow up.

  13. This is a player run league. Without the players, the league doesn’t profit. Continue pushing and making your voices heard. You’ve been given this platform to exact change. Continue to be proud.

  14. omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Kenny Stills is a moron. Nowhere in America is an employee allowed to use his employer’s site for their own personal protests.
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    And how many times do they play the national anthem when you show up for work?

  15. I don’t understand…..Kenny Stills kneeled during the anthem and he’s still on an NFL roster? I thought players who protested were being being colluded against?!

    Or…dozens and dozens of players protested the anthem, and those that were talented enough to be on a roster stayed on rosters, and those who weren’t arent.

    Meaning, this collusion story being floated by Kaepernick and Reid is completely baseless.

    The better players who protested are still employed, the not so good players arent. End of story. The rest is theater and smoke to promote a desired narrative.

  16. Stand, kneel,take a dump, plant a tree, fix a flat tire, do whatever you want. I could care less. I watch sports for entertainment, you’re so called social agenda are meaningless to me.

  17. I agree with him but hey, I don’t turn the TV on to watch who’s standing, sitting, or kneeling at the anthem. I turn it on to watch football. Since the eyes are on them they’ve turned it into a look at me moment. Do it like college who have the ceremonies surrounding the anthem and the players stay in the locker room. I don’t care what the players beliefs are, they sure as hell don’t care what mine are. They’re issues and beliefs are no better than anyone’s elses.

  18. this is a business, people forget this. If your company says you have to do the national anthem on their dime then you best be standing up and doing it. Just because this is a sport it is still structured as a business and between business hours you do what they tell you to do.. There are policies in place at any job whether the players are for or against the kneeling it shouldn’t matter because the big pay checks they get a week include the national anthem being involved. Freedom of speech can be done off the field and in the communities on the players own time, and fans who agree with kneeling they should help out in the community as well.

  19. National anthems have no place at paid leisure events that have nothing to do with America, the American government, or the American military. There is literally no functional reason for it. Don’t just down vote, I’m challenging those who disagree to tell me why on earth we need to have an anthem ceremony before the game, or at very least, why we need it at sporting events, but not other similar gatherings such as concerts. Even if you believe we need to pay respects to a country, a government, military personnel past and present….why ONLY at sporting events? Just answer me that, that’s all I want to know.

    I’ll put some laundry in while I wait….

  20. These racists swear up and down that by reaching their bigoted, clammy hands to turn off their station, that it means that ratings are dropping (when they’re not).

    And swear that sponsors are pulling out (when they’re not) LOL.

    All because you don’t want everyone to have the same freedoms, rights and ability to live life without constant unwarranted harassment and being shot in the back for being Black.

  21. If the NFL allows players to kneel/sit during the National Anthem. The players need expect a cut in pay due to a loss of revenue from fans reusing to attend game or buy merchandise.

  22. This strikes me very similarly to the debate a while back when the NBA instituted the dress code for players on the bench. All we heard about from the players and pundits was how this is borderline racist and will stop players from expressing their individuality.

    However, the main difference is that the NBA leadership took the approach that it is a place of employment and you have to look a certain way, or simply do not be a part of it. This is the reality that 99% of Americans face each day they go to work. You follow the rules of the employer or you do not work there.

    Now we hear nothing about the dress code in the NBA. The NFL should do the same, one way or the other, as to get this ordeal behind it.

  23. In other words, he wants to kneel. So let him. But take away the cameras. Tell the networks to not show player protests just like they don’t show fans running onto the field.

  24. shadywarrior says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    National anthems have no place at paid leisure events that have nothing to do with America, the American government, or the American military. There is literally no functional reason for it. Don’t just down vote, I’m challenging those who disagree to tell me why on earth we need to have an anthem ceremony before the game, or at very least, why we need it at sporting events, but not other similar gatherings such as concerts. Even if you believe we need to pay respects to a country, a government, military personnel past and present….why ONLY at sporting events? Just answer me that, that’s all I want to know.

    I’ll put some laundry in while I wait….

    Because it is still a business and the owners who are their bosses agreed to have a national anthem played at their events that pay the players to be a part of and just like every business you do what is told from your bosses or you get the boot. Whether you and I agree on kneeling or not it shouldnt matter and whether we stand up during the anthem in the stadium shouldnt matter as it is a recreational event for us but it is a job for them and if that is involved it should be done.

  25. Sooo many faux patriots on here…probably talking or sitting on the couch as anthem is played. What a manufactured problem. If you fake patriots put as much time working with your fellow man and fellow Americans to improve the life of people struggling in this country it could be truly Making America Great. Yet, you take offense to someone not standing for a paid for song with murderous anti slave meaning!

  26. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Another player whose off the field antics are as embarrassing as those on it.
    Just catch the ball Kenny.
    ============================================================================================Must not be much of a Dolphins fan. This is what he does off the field:

    “But taking a knee is just a small part of who Stills is, and what he does. He helped organize local police ride-alongs to help foster dialogue and understanding, a program that has since spread to five other NFL teams. He also hosts pre-game community tailgates involving local student-athletes and their parents, coaches, community leaders, police officers and military personnel.”

  27. dynastyfootballforme says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    Name one thing Kenny has done in his community.
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    Try google dude. He was the runner up for WPMoTY award last year and had done a lot off the field.
    Dislike him for kneeling if you want, but your ignorance is showing here.

  28. Just like it should be up to the individual owner to decide whether or not they want someone who kneels on their team.

  29. shadywarrior says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    National anthems have no place at paid leisure events that have nothing to do with America, the American government, or the American military. There is literally no functional reason for it. Don’t just down vote, I’m challenging those who disagree to tell me why on earth we need to have an anthem ceremony before the game, or at very least, why we need it at sporting events, but not other similar gatherings such as concerts. Even if you believe we need to pay respects to a country, a government, military personnel past and present….why ONLY at sporting events? Just answer me that, that’s all I want to know.

    ————

    I’m pretty sure it is because our military pays the NFL for it. Kind of like a form of advertising. To that same end, just like a TV ad it has a value that is monetized. This is why if the players want to hijack this time for their own cause then they should pay for the time like everybody else.

  30. Fine him one million dollars each time he kneels.
    I’ll bet he stops very quickly.

  31. “omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Kenny Stills is a moron. Nowhere in America is an employee allowed to use his employer’s site for their own personal protests.”
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    Nobody can reach an acceptable conclusion after starting with a faulty premise, and you’re trying to compare apples to coconuts.

    But first: It’s highly unlikely Stills is a moron; in fact he comes across as erudite and well spoken. In fact, it’s probably unlikely that he would use “his” (singular) and “their” (plural) when talking about the same person in the same sentence.

    Second: He is not an employee. He is a private contractor who is breaking no league rules or local, state, or federal laws by kneeling.

    What he is doing (by kneeling) is exercising his Constitutional right of peaceful protest. Whether or not you choose to agree with his actions, it would be wise to base your choice on facts rather than inflammatory biases.

    There is nothing positive, or right, or constitutional about the extraordinarily frequent deaths of black and hispanic people at the hands of the police, even if only a miniscule percentage of police officers are actually doing the killing.

    That’s what he’s protesting! And I’m willing to bet that if all our roles were reversed, you’d be doing whatever you could do to effect a change for the better. This has absolutely nothing to do with the flag, the anthem, or poisonous and narrowly defined patriotism.

    The anthem and the flag have literally nothing to do with sporting events of any kind and should be absolutely and immediately removed from such functions.

  32. citizenstrange says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    He is right. That is the only solution. Unless they just stop playing the anthem.
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    I’m sorry but this is as clueless and detached from fan’s reaction as this knucklehead Kenny Stills. Fans want this madness to stop. Most of America does as well. Why in the hell would these guys continue to do something that is so polarizing? Most of America have stopped listening to the message until they stand. Don’t these dimwits know that this anthem protest nonsense is pushing people apart rather than bringing them together?

  33. “Art of the crowd says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    In other words, he wants to kneel. So let him. But take away the cameras. Tell the networks to not show player protests just like they don’t show fans running onto the field.”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    So, you’re an advocate for manipulating and controlling the media?

  34. Continue to alienate the fake fans who don’t view you guys as people. There will be more fans who value who you are as a person and not just how fast you can ran/high you can jump.

  35. If you believe it’s up to the team owner, as employer/boss to decide that all players must stand for the national anthem, what would you say if an owner came out and told all his players to kneel? Would you still support the owner’s rights then? Or would you complain about the players who wish to stand having their rights violated? I think we all know the answer.

  36. omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Kenny Stills is a moron. Nowhere in America is an employee allowed to use his employer’s site for their own personal protests.
    _________
    They aren’t employees though. Who’s the moron now…

  37. tootitan says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    “omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Kenny Stills is a moron. Nowhere in America is an employee allowed to use his employer’s site for their own personal protests.”
    ________________________________________________

    Nobody can reach an acceptable conclusion after starting with a faulty premise, and you’re trying to compare apples to coconuts.

    But first: It’s highly unlikely Stills is a moron; in fact he comes across as erudite and well spoken. In fact, it’s probably unlikely that he would use “his” (singular) and “their” (plural) when talking about the same person in the same sentence.

    Second: He is not an employee. He is a private contractor who is breaking no league rules or local, state, or federal laws by kneeling.

    What he is doing (by kneeling) is exercising his Constitutional right of peaceful protest. Whether or not you choose to agree with his actions, it would be wise to base your choice on facts rather than inflammatory biases.

    There is nothing positive, or right, or constitutional about the extraordinarily frequent deaths of black and hispanic people at the hands of the police, even if only a miniscule percentage of police officers are actually doing the killing.

    That’s what he’s protesting! And I’m willing to bet that if all our roles were reversed, you’d be doing whatever you could do to effect a change for the better. This has absolutely nothing to do with the flag, the anthem, or poisonous and narrowly defined patriotism.

    The anthem and the flag have literally nothing to do with sporting events of any kind and should be absolutely and immediately removed from such functions.
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    PRECISELY.

  38. Hastyle Eagle says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Sooo many faux patriots on here…probably talking or sitting on the couch as anthem is played. What a manufactured problem. If you fake patriots put as much time working with your fellow man and fellow Americans to improve the life of people struggling in this country it could be truly Making America Great. Yet, you take offense to someone not standing for a paid for song with murderous anti slave meaning!
    ———

    Those people don’t care about anything other than their comforts and warped sense of Utopia being disrupted so that OTHERS can enjoy the same rights and freedoms that they have without worrying about being killed for nothing more than having a higher amount of melanin in their skin.

  39. As a veteran, I disagree with the veterans that think it is no big deal.

    Respect the flag and all the blood that was sacrificed to keep this nation free.

    And to those that say it isn’t about the flag….

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” – Kaepernick

  40. What are the players supposed to be proud of? Living in a country built on oppression and institutionalized racism? Unarmed people of color being killed at a rapid rate? What exactly are they standing up to be proud for?

  41. If you think players have the “right” to protest at games then you must also believe they can have a gun on the sideline. Right?

    As soon as you say No, you just destroyed your own 1st amendment free speech argument.

  42. You would think that the cause of which created the kneeling to begin with would be front and center and someone like….I don’t know, a former African-American President would get involved, be on TV every week creating a huge grass roots movement advocating change. I guess he must be busy or something.

  43. shadywarrior says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    National anthems have no place at paid leisure events that have nothing to do with America, the American government, or the American military. There is literally no functional reason for it. Don’t just down vote, I’m challenging those who disagree to tell me why on earth we need to have an anthem ceremony before the game, or at very least, why we need it at sporting events, but not other similar gatherings such as concerts. Even if you believe we need to pay respects to a country, a government, military personnel past and present….why ONLY at sporting events? Just answer me that, that’s all I want to know.

    I’ll put some laundry in while I wait….
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Because the people who OWN the teams want to.

    Go put your clothes in the dryer

  44. The thing that gets me is 3 or 4 years ago this wasn’t an issue…no player ever would have dreamed of disrespecting the flag, our country and our military men and women by kneeling during the national anthem! Everybody stood at attention with hand over heart while the anthem played…that’s just how it has gone since the beginning of pro football decades ago. Now all of a sudden a couple years ago Colin Kaepernick, who was raised by upper middle class white adoptive parents, lived in a nice house, in a nice neighborhood, went to a nice school, was the star athlete in high school and in college…had a very easy life and didn’t want for anything…this dude suddenly feels “oppressed” and decides to make a statement for himself by kneeling during the anthem. Then it spread like a plague and the NFL had to do something to stop this nonsense and they did after the negative backlash they were getting from offended fans across the nation. Look, these players have every right to protest but they need to do it on their own time, not during a game when they are technically “on the clock” and supposed to be doing their jobs! How many of us have jobs that would allow us to stage a protest when we should be working? I can tell you what, most people wouldn’t have jobs for long if they pulled this stunt. We’re talking about MULTI-MILLIONAIRE athletes who get paid obscene amounts of money TO PLAY A GAME for a living, they play once per week, they have 6 other days in that week where they could call a press conference and have dozens of reporters eagerly sticking a camera and microphone in their faces and they could express their personal beliefs and the media would drink it up like Kool-Aid. The timing of when these players are staging their protests is really what’s at issue here, to do it during the national anthem is just plain disrespectful. Nobody is forcing people to stay in this country, if you hate it so much and feel so oppressed you are free to leave at any time…nobody’s stopping you. Try moving to Russia, the Middle East, China etc. if you want to feel real oppression!

  45. If the NFL wants to show their sincere appreciation for our military, why not all of the 32 teams give military families, veterans and their families a 50 per cent discount for life on tickets to all of NFL games and events (including the Superbowl)? That would be a real gesture of appreciation for our servicemen and women’s efforts, rather than cow-towing to the bully who designed this divisive false narrative to stir up controversy. Respect the freedoms (for all marginalized populations) that the anthem/flag is SUPPOSE to symbolize.
    This whole narrative is getting old and thin.Time for the NFL to quit posturing about respect for our country and our servicemen/women and do something positive and perhaps a little out of the box. Let the DOD keep their money, take back control, and keep politics out of football!

  46. Rate This
    randomcommenter says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    If you think players have the “right” to protest at games then you must also believe they can have a gun on the sideline. Right?

    As soon as you say No, you just destroyed your own 1st amendment free speech argument.
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    Wow……
    Just speechless.

    #stopdeflecting

  47. youngnoizecom says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    What are the players supposed to be proud of? Living in a country built on oppression and institutionalized racism? Unarmed people of color being killed at a rapid rate? What exactly are they standing up to be proud for?
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    If you had a grandfather or great grandfather who fought in either of the 2 world wars you wouldn’t ask such a stupid question. Blacks are shot a lot, once a week in a nearby city to me, by other blacks….go figure.

  48. Just have all teams and players stay in the locker room and come out after the National Anthem plays. Why is this so hard for everyone to figure out????

  49. Don’t play the anthem at all. Simple as that. Remove the opportunity for the demagogues to exploit the NFL & the players for political purposes.

  50. Employers have the right to set workplace rules, simple as that. Let them do whatever the hell they want during an anthem on their own time.

  51. Don’t we all wish as employees of corporations that we could do whatever we want.

  52. Just a little fyi…if you live in Miami you know that Kenny Stills does a lot in the communities down in South Florida but don’t let that get in the way of your negative judgement on him.

  53. Someone needs to inform Mr. Stills that his suggested approach is exactly what has been tried for the past two seasons. The problem is that many of the players (along with their empty suit commissioner) tried to turn this into a vendetta against the POTUS instead of focusing on the fact that their kneeling was turning off their fans.

    Stills can do what he wants to do on his own time. While he is wearing his employer’s uniform, he represents his employer and that brand. Reality check time; he who writes the paychecks makes the rules. Don’t like that? Find another line of work.

  54. I have met Kenny Still & his father, and I can conlcude in full confidence that he is in fact a moron

    And a bad WR. If the Dolphins really we’re going to suspend players 4 games for kneeling, I hope he kneels 4 times. Wilson, Parker, Amendola, & Grant are all more talented.

    Also every claiming this is about race is an idiot. Never was, never will be. Stand up or get out, period.

  55. Appreciate those who responded. Here’s the thing I think you’re missing: this is about the kind of society we live in, not the microcosm of the workplace. The issue is bigger than employer/employee rights, the Constitution…this is about living in a world where we get inundated with nationalism and indoctrinated and/or browbeaten to believe that without our country and government, we’d be overtaken by barbarians or the boogeyman, whoever shows up first. People act like it’s disrespectful to not say “thank you, America” before a sporting event, as if none of this would exist without it. But pick your favorite 3rd world country, or wherever it is you look down your nose at…you can find a soccer stadium or something there, pro sports are not unique to America. And maybe they play anthems beforehand elsewhere too, I don’t know, but my objection isn’t specifically to America doing it, it’s anywhere that does it. It’s not even an objection, I just kind of shake my head at the custom. It’s only when those who don’t partake in said custom get ostracized that I take issue.

  56. That’s the ticket. Just don’t show the pos on tv during the anthem. When they figure out they are no longer in the spotlight they’ll do something else for attention. That’s all this is. Look at me, I’m black and I’m important. See the tv cameras thinks so. Next. Can we just play football?

  57. The NFL OWNERS… lost me as a customer when they decided to allow their employees to kneel during the National Anthem. Players will do anything they are allowed to do.

    I quit watching NFL games just a few weeks after Kaepernick kneeled the first time.

    I refuse to EVER return as a customer after 50 years of being a rabid fan.

    I know watch my football on saturdays and I golf on Sundays.

  58. They hate America. Why should we watch a game that they play? You want our money but disrespect a flag and anthem that overwhelming Americans love. NFL you have a real problem with who plays your game.

  59. I like his idea – provide more reasons to ignore the pro football season.

    Go ahead, kneel, you coward and racist.

    I will be glad to have Sundays to watch something other than greedy, lazy, over represented black men whine about social justice.

  60. I can’t stand the people who make this all about disrespecting veterans. The flag belongs to all of us and by just being good citizens we all serve our country. Teachers serve. Ordinary citizens serve by paying taxes and obeying laws.

    When you eliminate my right to protest you are opposing what this country stands for. And as for the players telling the owners how to run their business that’s exactly what many commenters are doing without having skin in the game. And not every owner is like Jerry Jones he’s just one of the loudest there are other owners who have expressed support for the players.

  61. Wouldn’t it be better during the anthem to have a table close by for Kenny so he can get on it and jump up and down? When its over maybe Steve Ross can give him an ice cream cone and then we can play the game.

  62. I get a kick out of people who TELL us how much players do off work – but when they are at work, these same players remind us that they are truly dirtballs who are selfish. Spare us the lecture of how the protesters are doing great things when the camera is away. You’d think they’d also be man enough to act like they are men when it matters. The fact remains that none of these clowns who protest on National TV do the same on their own time; instead they rub their fake causes in our faces.

  63. Players who don’t want to stand for the anthem should stay in the locker room. The field is not their stage for their own personal political protests which have a negative effect on league income and perception. The NBA and soccer, more liberal organizations, stand for the anthem.

  64. Britt is speedy, and like some here, not necessarily of mind. Like Britt, some clutch to the false racist narrative, are triggered by disagreement, and move directly to ignorant, empty, foul-mouthed insults of racism, and bigotry etc.. Our past generations were mindful of the privileges of being born and living here, and appreciated the tradition and chance to show pride in being American at the game. For the youngsters who can’t understand this song’s importance, or are whining about “forced nationalism”, perhaps you will understand when you’re a little older, wiser, and spend some time in other places understanding our country’s opportunities for ALL. If you haven’t burned it to the ground by then.

    And if they played the National Anthem at your work, and your boss wanted you to stand on one leg, you’d either stand or start looking for work.

  65. The NFL gave you millions to help fight your ’cause’ and still you insist on this idiotic thing? Go into your communities and make a REAL difference because this isn’t going to change a thing other then ratings that continue going down……

  66. omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Kenny Stills is a moron. Nowhere in America is an employee allowed to use his employer’s site for their own personal protests.

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

    Nowhere else aside from sports are employees drafted and traded like cattle either, should we stop that in sports too?

  67. rogdodger says: July 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Nowhere else aside from sports are employees drafted and traded like cattle either, should we stop that in sports too?

    Don’t think cattle understand much less sign contracts. Last time I checked, no one is forcing them to be drafted or sign a contract.

  68. Hastyle Eagle says:
    Sooo many faux patriots on here…probably talking or sitting on the couch as anthem is played. What a manufactured problem. If you fake patriots put as much time working with your fellow man and fellow Americans to improve the life of people struggling in this country it could be truly Making America Great. Yet, you take offense to someone not standing for a paid for song with murderous anti slave meaning!

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    I don’t think this has anything to do with Patriotism at this point. it has to do with acknowledging that the NFL is a business and the kneeling is alienating at least “some” of its customers. That is just bad business. If Goodell was not such a buffoon he and the owners would have worked with the players to come up with a better way of handling this entire situation. But they didn’t and they gave the country’s head troll a chance to weigh in on his Twitter account and now nobody wants to back down. The owners are getting what the deserve with Goodell and his lack of actual clear thinking and leadership. Does anyone really believe the NFL would be in this position with Tagliabue in charge? I don’t.

  69. Just don’t go insulting your Cuban-American fans again this year, Kenny, like you did last year when you, Ajayi and others protested the treatment of Colin Kaepernick, who had worn a Castro t-shirt before the game in Miami in 2016. And you wonder why the Jets beat you guys in that week 3 game in the Meadowlands…

  70. dcpatfan says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    Rate This
    randomcommenter says:
    July 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    If you think players have the “right” to protest at games then you must also believe they can have a gun on the sideline. Right?

    As soon as you say No, you just destroyed your own 1st amendment free speech argument.
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    Wow……
    Just speechless.

    #stopdeflecting
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    Instead of pretending to be speechless you could use that time to just answer the question. I for one think the NFL has the right to request that it’s players do not exercise their second amendment rights while participating in league functions. I also believe the NFL has the right to request that it’s players do not exercise their right to protest while participating in league functions. The players have the right to ignore these requests by the league but they should be whiling to pay the consequences for their actions including and up to a termination of their contract with the league. I hope that answers the original question.

  71. How much is your protest worth to you Kenny? A fine? A game check? A three game suspension without pay? So Kenny is it Still worth protesting when it will cost you big money?

    Did you catch that last part Kenny? I doubt it.

  72. Let them decide for themselves because although we may disagree on anthem policy one thing every right thinking person must agree on is that good judgement is what comes to mind when most people think of the average NFL player…

  73. So I get that everybody’s issue seems to be, at least on the surface, that employees are disobeying their employers. I’m not sure why there’s such an unwavering respect for business owners, it doesn’t make you a superior person to anyone else, but that’s a separate issue.

    STILL, no one answered my direct question: why do we need an anthem at sporting events, and why are sporting events the only leisure activities where we’re subjected to it. You haven’t answered why it has any place there. THAT’S what I want to know, not why it’s a problem if people don’t comply in the event that it’s done.

    I still have to wash my whites, so I’m here, hahaha…

  74. Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says the best national anthem policy is no policy at all.

    I agree and at my job we should have 3 day work weeks at full pay, free day care, free college tuition and 1000% increase in bonuses.

    S/LimosineLiberal

  75. citizenstrange says:
    July 26, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    He is right. That is the only solution. Unless they just stop playing the anthem.
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    No, he is absolutely wrong just like your statement about only one solution is. The Cowboys decision is a solution. I like Stills and I support his desire to make a difference but kneeling during the anthem only angers people because they view it as a sign of disrespect for the flag/country/veterans/family who served etc. The players can protest on their own time and do things within the community as Stills does. Nobody is stopping them or saying they shouldn’t. If your protest can ONLY be accomplished DURING the anthem then the message is not about what they say it is about. By forcing it within a specific 3 minute window during the week (and no other time is acceptable) then those who kneel are not doing so FOR anything other than self-promotion (look-at-me). They are making a statement against flag and country. To do so and then wonder why some citizens take offense is immensely arrogant and unintelligent.

  76. The NFL should have NO ANTHEM! In fact, it should be taken out of sports except for the Olympics. If the song is so sacred, why isn’t it sang every day on the job or in church? It’s an NFL cash grab of fake patriotism forced upon the people at the stadium but not at home or in sports bars.

  77. Never bite the hand that feeds… Once that tv contract is up, say bye bye.

  78. youngnoizecom says:

    July 26, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Continue to alienate the fake fans who don’t view you guys as people. There will be more fans who value who you are as a person and not just how fast you can ran/high you can jump.
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    You realize the league will fold if the majority leaves right??? Lol Of course you don’t.

  79. shadywarrior says:
    July 26, 2018 at 9:48 pm
    So I get that everybody’s issue seems to be, at least on the surface, that employees are disobeying their employers. I’m not sure why there’s such an unwavering respect for business owners, it doesn’t make you a superior person to anyone else, but that’s a separate issue.

    STILL, no one answered my direct question: why do we need an anthem at sporting events, and why are sporting events the only leisure activities where we’re subjected to it. You haven’t answered why it has any place there. THAT’S what I want to know, not why it’s a problem if people don’t comply in the event that it’s done.

    I still have to wash my whites, so I’m here, hahaha…
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    I will take a stab at this. They do not have to play the anthem before each game. The people who run the league choose to. Just like they do not have to have unique uniforms for each team. They do not have to have unique rosters for each team. There does not need to be a draft. A touchdown does not always need to be 6 points. etc….. The league is free to make up it’s own rules. The players are free to choose to participate in the league (and follow the rules) or they can take their talent elsewhere(maybe try to create their own league).

    Follow up question: If most of the vocal players participating in the protests claim that the protest has nothing to do with the Anthem itself, it is against racial inequality, then why is the discussion moving to removing the Anthem? Does removing the anthem help promote racial equality in a way that I am not seeing?

  80. Fine until your decision is moronic and wrong. Then the smart ones need to step in.

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