Over-Inflated Patriotism Jeopardizes NFL Players’ Constitutional Rights

By Gina Flores

Writer for NoFakeNews

I have been keeping an eye on the interesting state of affairs taking place between the president of the United States and the National Football League (NFL). It’s interesting to note that since Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure about NFL football players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem last week, more players and even entire teams have unified and the protests have gained strength and momentum.

While large numbers of fans have reacted unfavorably to the players’ protests (lack of patriotism), burning jerseys and tickets that they’ve paid lots of hard earned money for, I can’t stop thinking about the obvious and most disturbing thing that almost everybody continues to ignore; NFL players are having their 1st amendment rights suppressed.

This is a serious issue folks and not something that should be dismissed without further consideration. In the United States of America people are entitled to assemble in public and peacefully protest issues that don’t sit well with them. This includes taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem before a given professional football game.

If you personally don’t like the type of protests that NFL players are presently involved with, maybe you should consider leaving the United States because we Americans can and hopefully always will have a constitutional right to free speech. This, my friends, is what Americans have fought wars over and this, my friends, is what continues to make America greater than any other country in the world.

Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Over-Inflated Patriotism Jeopardizes NFL Players’ Constitutional Rights

  1. Gina, you are misrepresenting their 1st amendment rights with company policy and rules and regulations they agreed to as employment with the NFL. These men can go and protest on their own time without anyone interfering with their 1st amendment rights. I believe you know that already and are now perpetrating your own fake news.

    1. WM,
      The NFL CBA does not mandate players must stand for the national anthem prior to games. It states that the players “SHOULD” stand (a recommendation) during the ceremony. There’s a big difference between the words “MUST” and “SHOULD.”
      The NBA CBA requires forced patriotism and could and should be successfully challenged because it violates the players’ constitutional rights.
      I am not a purveyor of fake news, but apparently you are trying to spread some here. rel=”nofollow”>http://www.plainlanguage.gov/howto/guidelines/bigdoc/writeMust.cfm

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