CYA Move: NFL Makes Owners Pay if Players Don’t Stand for Anthem
The NFL screwed the pooch again.
The league squandered the chance to take a real stance against anti-America black troublemakers, and any other future troublemakers of all colors, creeds, and genders. All for the sake of political correctness.
The league essentially said that all players who want to take a knee should stay in the locker room. Like that’s going to solve their problems with viewership and the gate?
What of the player who just need extra tape job or is delayed getting to the field for any reason. Will he be thought of as a “kneeler”?
Worse, the league now pits teammates against one another: those who take the sidelines versus those who sit it out in the locker room.
But there are other issues, like other forms of protest. What will the league do if players hold up their fists? What if some slyly flip the finger to the flag? Others might turn their backs, while others wear BLM tributes on shoes or other clothing.
The point is the protests are far from over. But the league made one move that on the surface seems misplaced, however was actually shrewd.
In the event a player kneels, the team is fined, not the player.
Most would question why they did this. Why isn’t the rule-breaker penalized, but the team? Simple.
If the league penalizes the team, the team now has recourse not to hire players who kneel. Further, they have a legitimate business excuse to let go of problem players. The new rules render moot the lawsuit that Kaepernick currently has against the league claiming collusion.
But in today’s PC world, there is always somebody willing to buck the system.
As Hot Air reports,
Assuming then that every owner follows Christopher Johnson’s lead here and agrees not to pass along any team fine to the players themselves, the new policy is meaningless. If you insist on kneeling during the anthem, the team’s mega-rich owner gets a financial wrist-slap. So what?
“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”
Johnson has been highly critical of the possibility that owners would require players to stand. During the owners meetings in Orlando in March, Johnson told reporters he didn’t feel a change in protocol was necessary. “I know there’s some discussion of keeping players off the field until after the anthem. I think that’s a particularly bad idea . . . I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea.”
Since when is requiring employees to follow a code of conduct a bad thing?
Imagine any company allowing employees to take a knee in protest of say, Trump’s tax policy.
What are the rights of employers? Entrepreneurs put their capital at risk, but the government couldn’t care less. Employees have rights, but the right to work implies the right to work elsewhere.
Nothing will change for the NFL this year. The league will continue to lose audience and money.
For those who believe players have the right to protest, I think you’re wrong. But it’s nobody’s business if the public no longer wishes to watch these high-paid kneeling clowns.