Black Sports : Colin Kaepernick Isn’t Being Blackballed Because He Knelt for Anthem - Rule violates 1st Amendment

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    Every Black person in America should take the new NFL rule very seriously and think about its impact off the playing field.

    I'm questioning whether this rule violates a person's civil rights, specifically the First Amendment? Is there a "law" being broken if you kneel while the national anthem is being played? Is it contractual? If athletes don't sign a contract with the rule in it, can it be enforced? I'm not a contract or constitutional lawyer so I don't know the answers.

    Wealthy white people, and maybe white folk in general, never want to have the topic of racism discussed on the national stage. It's too disruptive and uncomfortable for them because talking about America's racist history has the potential to deconstruct and transform a racist system of government.

    With so many Black athletes in professional sports--football, basketball and baseball--the actions of the owners reminds me of massas who owned plantations. True, Black athletes are being paid a lot of money to play those sports, (and the owners are making a ton of money because they are playing) but with rules about kneeling during the national anthem, they are letting you know, you are still owned.

    So, what IF the athletes stand, but don't sing or place their hands over their hearts, or may even turn their backs to the flag, would that make a statement as kneeling does?
     
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    Raiders TE Jared Cook speaks out on NFL's anthem policy
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    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Long before Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem became one of the biggest issues in the NFL, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook was one of a handful of St. Louis players who took part in their own on-field display against police brutality and racial injustice ...

    https://sports.yahoo.com/raiders-te-jared-cook-speaks-nfls-anthem-policy-224130698--nfl.html

    Raiders TE Jared Cook speaks out on NFL's anthem policy

    Long before Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem became one of the biggest issues in the NFL, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook was one of a handful of St. Louis players who took part in their own on-field display against...
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    Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook speaks to reporters at the team's NFL football training facility in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

     
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    I have a problem with the media trying to confine the act of kneeling during the national anthem to the NFL when to me, it's actually one of many discussions that need to be had about racism in America...period. This is not about the NFL. The NFL is just a tool drawing attention to racial injustice and if you play the whole song (anthem) and study its history, it's slapping you right in the face. America needs to and eventually will own up to it's racist past and be forced to testify as to why it is still being practiced today.

    Could the new NFL rule and the enforcement of it be the spark that ignites the revolution?
     
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    Packers fan’s lawsuit against Bears could impact anthem debate

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    ...To ultimately win, Beckham may need to show that the Chicago Park District, which owns and operates Soldier Field, had a role in the team’s decision to prevent Beckham from wearing Packers gear on the sidelines. Which means that NFL players may need to show that local stadium authorities had a role in the rule that requires players to stand for the anthem.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/packers-fan-lawsuit-against-bears-005333433.html

    Packers fan’s lawsuit against Bears could impact anthem debate

    As the NFL braces for the NFL Players Association’s potential legal challenge(s) to the new anthem policy, the league should be concerned, at least a little bit, about the possibility of a lawsuit based on the First Amendment. What’s that, you...
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    NFL Players Question New National Anthem Policy, Hint At Non-Compliance
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    The Atlanta Falcons are the latest team to voice qualms about anthem procedure, which offers players who don’t wish to participate in standing at attention the option of staying in the locker room. Those that do not comply will subject their team to fines...

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/nfl-players-national-anthem-policy-202018074.html

    NFL Players Question New National Anthem Policy, Hint At Non-Compliance

    Cracks are starting to appear in the National Football League’s announced plan to have its players on the field stand at attention for the national anthem in the 2018 season, which starts in three months. The Atlanta Falcons are the latest team...
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    This is the NFL's punishment for trying to appease President Trump
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    The Philadelphia Eagles won’t visit the White House Tuesday for the traditional Super Bowl champion ceremony because too few players were willing, available or interested in attending. And one thing we know about Donald Trump, crowd size matters...

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    This is the NFL's punishment for trying to appease President Trump

    President Trump says the Super Bowl champion Eagles are no longer invited to the White House. The league deserves the humiliation for being too dumb to see it coming.
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    Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (right) hands the Vincent Lombardi trophy to Nick Foles after the Super Bowl. (AP)

     
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    Before Colin Kaepernick, There Was Eartha Kitt
    How the entertainer was blacklisted for standing up to the President

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    ...The New York Times ran the story the next day, front page, a picture of Kitt, mouth wide open, Lady Bird looking on, bewildered, slightly terrified. The headline: Eartha Kitt Denounces War Policy to Mrs. Johnson, and: EARTHA KITT HITS U.S. WAR POLICY.


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    Ice Cube on Colin Kaepernick: 'I knew his message would be hijacked'
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    ...“I definitely support bringing awareness to police brutality of course, but I thought even from day one, his method would be a distraction to the real issue,” the rapper told Yahoo Sports. “Some people are looking for the distraction.

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    Ice Cube on Colin Kaepernick: 'I knew his message would be hijacked'

    The outspoken rapper and NFL quarterback both have inspired controversy by fighting police brutality and racial inequality.
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    Ice Cube and Colin Kaepernick both have lent their voice to the fight against police brutality and racial inequality. (Getty Images)


     
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    Letter: High court ruling on flag burning may quiet anthem uproar
    The Supreme Court ruled that the government can’t ‘prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive.’

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    PUBLISHED: June 17, 2018 at 7:06 am | UPDATED: June 18, 2018 at 7:18 am


    Playing the national anthem at sporting events strikes me as an unnecessary and dubious affirmation of patriotism. The reason: thousands of attendees lack the control to stand quietly and respectfully during the brief presentation...

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06...m-ignores-that-burning-the-flag-is-protected/

    Letter: High court ruling on flag burning may quiet anthem uproar

    The Supreme Court ruled that the government can’t ‘prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive.’
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    It would surprise and shock conservatives to learn that Justice Antonin Scalia sided with the majority opinion

     
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    Report: Civil rights groups urge Roger Goodell, NFL to reverse national anthem policy

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    Some of the nation’s most prominent civil rights groups have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to change the league’s new policy requiring players who are on the field to stand at attention for the national anthem, USA Today reports...


    https://sports.yahoo.com/report-civ...-223557625.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_15

    Report: Civil rights groups urge Roger Goodell, NFL to reverse national anthem policy

    Civil rights groups have reportedly urged Roger Goodell to change an anthem policy that "tells the world that the NFL does not care about racial justice."
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    Civil rights groups have reportedly urged Roger Goodell to change an anthem policy that “ tells the world that the NFL does not care about racial justice.” (AP)


     
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