• I agree with you completely that this whole thing IS backwards. The players are offending the customers. The customers control the gate receipts, the sales generated by advertising, endorsements and the billions of dollars in tax subsidies these teams receive from local, state and federal governments. They shame themselves by condemning the system that is making them way richer than you and me. The other day I found the NFL Players Inc. website. While there I found a list of sponsors. Anheuser-Busch, Barclaycard US, Bose, Bridgestone, Campbell's Soup Company, Castrol, Courtyard Marriott, Dairy Management, Inc. (Fuel Up to Play 60), Dannon, Extreme Networks, FedEx, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Hyundai Motor America, Mars Snackfood, Microsoft, Nationwide, News America, Papa John's, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Quaker, Verizon, Visa, USAA. Here is a link to that list
  • 9-27-2017 The NFL has a written policy that the national anthem will be played at every game and all players will be present in line and stand in a prescribed manner. So what we have here is like you bought a ticket to a play and the players refuse to follow the script.
  • Both sides seem a little self-absorbed.
  • Personally there's not much in a society that one can agree to. That's why we have brains!
  • 9-27-2017 It's religious: the whole country is possessed by a spirit of stupid.
  • Trump is the wrong guy to have on this (or any) debate. He is a dullard and divisive figure who thrives on making conflict, and then using it as an exhibit to remonstrate with his followers. Sort of like what Hitler and Stalin would do in creating problems and then showing up the people who responded to it. The simple fact is that the national anthem like religion and opinions is covered under freedom of speech laws. If players and people want to remonstrate about it, or not observe it, then they have the right to do so under current laws. That's the main problem with Trump and his "trumpanzee" followers. They forget the laws exist to keep them in check, as well everyone else.
    • Vittorio 'Sam' Manunta-Lowell
      If you'll amount to anything, I might respect you! Obviously you're the bunch on handout lines. Keep it up you failure!
    • ReiSan
      Many fans of football do not want to see this betrayal of the nation that has made millionaires of not so bright players of a child's game, so they boycott the NFL. These players do not have a right to force their na?ve political view upon people who want only to see football. They are at work, so they should try to not offend customers. If they have something to protest, they have a right to do that on their own time. Would you go to a play in which the actors ignored the script and discussed their na?ve political views instead? When asked what they are protesting many cannot even express any coherent reply. Politics should be left out of sports. No one has a right to force his beliefs upon everyone.
  • I agree with him. Those whining millionaires should stand and show the proper respect. I'm a big football fan, but I will not support them now that guys on my team took a knee.
  • Disagree. This is freedom of speech to highlight institutional prejudice that can sometimes injure and/or kill those minorities.
    • ReiSan
      They have no right to force their na?ve political views upon people who only want to see football without the politics. They are at work, so they should think first of not offending customers. millions boycott the NFL because of this betrayal of the nation that makes millionaires of not so bright players of children's games.
  • There is no "debate" Trump and his supporters offend the flag and anthem far more than these players are doing. Trump his supporters need to get themselves together and stop inventing history and itions in their own image.
    • ReiSan
      You lie about this. Refusing to stand for the national anthem that is written in as part of your job and forcing everyone to see you do it is a gross violation of the viewers' rights to not have to see such offensive displays. Would you go to a movie in which the actors ignored the script and discussed their na?ve political views instead? Millions of people boycott the NFL because of this offensive behavior. The president and his supporters offend the flag only in the wild imagination of liberals.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      Ummm, yeah, there is plenty of room for debate, 22.
  • I agree with him. I think the owners and coaches should sit their asses on the bench if they won't fire them. The owner should fire anyone taking a knee. NFL is a business after all. And if the owner won't act, the coach should tell the player, "Sure, you can take a knee. But, you'll be dressed and on the bench and won't be playing in the game so you can kiss the Hall of Fame goodbye."
  • not sure what to think about it

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