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Rosa Parks was not protesting the bus. Gandhi was not protesting the food. The colonists were not protesting tea. Players are not protesting the flag or the anthem. They are protesting injustice.
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Mimosa Papi May 25
Lmaooooooo
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Justin Stanwix May 25
I really don’t give a fuck about the NFL or football. I do give a fuck about a group of private corporations colluding to erode the 1st amendment to playcate the orange shit eater in the White House
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thelama_himself May 25
No there’s not...it’s abt $$$$ It’s b/c they lost viewers last year and thus $$$$. Also, the CBA which the Players Union agreed to has had the standing clause in it. I couldn’t care less what they do, but free speech isn’t free of consequence (esp since work is not protected)
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thelama_himself May 25
1A isn’t applicable to work at a private company. And it cost the NFL a lot of $$$$ last year... That’s why they’re enforcing now (which it was in the CBA the Union agreed to for years)
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Adam Johnson May 25
A court may feel differently since there's unequivocal proof Trump demanded that owners fire kneeling players. Players also didn't start standing on the field for the anthem until the government began paying the NFL millions to do so. A decent first amendment case for sure.
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thelama_himself May 25
Nope - the 1st A is not applicable at work - the courts have affirmed. Feelings on Damore the same?
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Greg Fernandez May 25
Oh BS!! Kneeling has been a sign of respect for the history of mankind until some fricken idiot was upset that blacks were doing it in solidarity to bring attention to injustice - get over yourselves and take a knee to honor America!
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Adam Johnson May 25
They also lost viewers before this started. The flag issue is a scapegoat, and they'll find that this move will just lose them even more viewers. Plus, players will just find other ways to respectfully protest.
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Racism Tardigrade May 25
Course they did. The boycotts dented their profits and they couldn't do anything about it. With Kaep they can do whatever they want to him. Boycotts isolated the problem to just their racism and the consequences of it and left them powerless but to change.
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Lady ligea May 25
Nope
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thelama_himself May 25
Trump just stoked the fire...it’s not political in the non-media world who wants it to be...it’s always abt $$$$, always. Hell, DirecTV refunded millions to customers who objected and quit The Ticket. I don’t care either way, but understand the 1A
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Matt, Nerdy Skull 🏳️‍🌈 May 25
They were a drop in the bucket there. The civil Rights movement largely won in court battles and the attitudes changed retroactively as the culture was forced to change because of the dreaded PC police. Many businesses we're still refusing to serve black people ANYWAY.
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Greg Fernandez May 25
When did kneeing become disrespectful - are you saying when you kneel in front of the alter you are doing it to disrespect the Lord? Of course not so stop trying to spin this kneeling to suit your narrative!
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Rob Hallam May 25
I'm shocked you haven't had a load of shit for this. I was thinking the same thing. To be so obsessed with nationalism and patriotism without questioning is quite scary.
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thelama_himself May 25
Again, they can protest, but as with all speech, it’s not free from an consequences. The 1A only protects from the Govt, not a private company... Did you feel the same abt Damore?
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Kōtarō Bokuto May 25
1/ Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Kaep. They've all done work outside of the football field. It's more than just a knee. It's never been about the anthem, they protested during the anthem because of what the song and flag represent. Soldiers fought and died so that we'd be free
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David W. Kurtz May 25
Why don’t you try protesting whatever perceived injustice you oppose in the middle of your workplace during work hours? Let me know how that works out for you...
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Adam Johnson May 25
It's the government that has made the NFL do this. No one can pretend this would have happened if not for Trump, who publicly called for the players to be punished. It's a pretty airtight case on the merits, but as always it will depend whether a judge sees it the same way.
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Kōtarō Bokuto May 25
2/ if even for a second that someone doesn't feel royalty free I think it's worth fighting for. I think it's honourable for players who make millions (Watt included) to have compassion towards people not like themselves and use their influence to fight for people like us
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