NFL bans freedom of speech

by: Wyatt B. Kabir C.


Black lives Matter! Following Colin Kaepernick, the ex-quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Nike spoke up for black lives. After Colin knelt for every National anthem in the 2016-2017 NFL season, Nike created Equality merchandise including socks, shirts, and sweatshirts.

The NBA also participated in this movement by teaming up with Nike to create Equality shirts based on each team’s colors.

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Many players of the National Football League took a stand by taking a knee. These players wanted to send a message to the world that police brutality needs to stop. But our president who has made questionable racial statements doesn’t understand, and accused them of speaking against himself and the government.

The NFL just recently created one of the most bizarre rules anyone has have ever seen an organization make. The rule states that a player is not allowed to kneel during the national anthem or else he will be fined. If the player does not want to stand, he can wait in the locker room until the anthem is over.

This rule is one of many created by the dictatorship of the NFL committee, who supposedly create rules for the players. Instead, they want to appeal to the few judging  owners and our “fair,” president. Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that every owner came to an agreement about the rule change.

Jed York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, contradicted that statement by stating that the agreement was not unanimous. York said that more than a couple owners disproved the new rule. They believed that the players should be able to speak out their opinions. Those owners also thought that the players should have a say in the rule.

Players around the league have gotten no love from the commissioner lately. He is determined to show the players that he has all the power. Injustice continues through the most popular sport in the United States of America.  

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