John McCain, Veteran and POW, Defends Right to Kneel for NFL Players
Originally Posted by berniesidney
Some people are offended by the players who kneel. (Veterans, LEOs)
"That’s their right to do what they want as citizens,” McCain told TMZ Sports
when asked about the Dallas Cowboy players who took a knee then locked arms in solidarity before playing the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.
McCain joins a chorus of military veterans who are defending players' right to peacefully protest
, including a 97-year-old World War II vet who even took a knee himself to argue that his service in defeating fascism is redeemed by the players' peaceful protests.
Meanwhile, another top Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said he disagrees
with the protests, but acknowledges they are protected under the First Amendment, saying players are "clearly within their rights to express themselves as they see fit."
Others are offended by the NFL for not enforcing their own code of conduct.
The NFL's rule book
says nothing about player conduct during the pre-game playing of the U.S. national anthem.
The NFL rule book makes no mention of the national anthem. But the game operations manual does.
Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:
‘The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
‘During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should
stand (not must stand or required to stand) at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking
. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.’
The second part in bold almost never happens.
And others are offended because the NFL has aloud the games to be politicized and feel demonstrations should be outside of the stadium... not part of game.
What isn't politicized in today's world? It has been mentioned before; the military presence at games automatically politicizes the games. As macho and pretty as they are, what do military planes flying over games have to do with the NFL?