1218 - Question: So why don't other sports associations allow players to exercise their freedom of speech by advocating for specific social/political/economic issues?
Answer: Because the fans who spend good money and time to attend the games (including transportation, parking, walking, and dealing with the inconvenience of crowds) and escape for a few hours from other issues would not
attend the games at all and profits would plummet - like they have with the NFL.
• In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part
of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.
• In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.
• In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3)
entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.
• In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure"
eye black for breast cancer awareness.
• In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem...)
• In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas
Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.
• In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression, all of a sudden.
It seems based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue: For God, social causes such as mental
health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily for being cops, for the Memory of 9/11. But, they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for America, the Flag, the National Anthem, and the American People in general if it will help mollify
a particular group and its supporters (such as Black Lives Matter, and other groups.)
That is who and what the NFL has become. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor the military, too many of whom have come home with the American
Flag draped over their coffin.