I also FULLY support their right to protest peacefully, about whatever issue is important to them. When they're OFF the field!
They do not have the right to protest in the workplace or to use their employers venue as a platform for their message. What if there were players that were "protesting" in support of any number of caustic organizations? Should that be OK too? Would the owner be right to fire them? Would your employer be OK with you "pitching" a cause to customers? Protest all you want, just do it on your own time.
It seems that the people shouting the loudest about the players rights, understand the rights the least.
Techincall, legally and logically correct. The Constitution was drafted to limit government power. 1sr Amendment rights do not exist in the private sector on company time. Neither do amendments 2-10. How do we not know this?
"Does it bother me they are protesting the anthem? Yes. Would I rather have politics left out of football? Of course. At the same time it is their right as AMERICAN citizens to protest what they feel is unjust. Most people, not all but most people outraged by the players actions are way to full of themselves. The people angry are the ones walking around telling every civilian they meet "you're welcome for my service".
Yes it is their Right to protest but they should pick a time when it doesn't slap every citizen in the face. What is their goal? How do they hope to accomplish it by disrespecting out country? If it really is about perceived injustices then let them go into the neighborhoods and do something constructive. All disrespecting our NA does is anger people that love their country.
Would you still support their right to protest and free speech if they were supporting the KKK? You see, free speech cuts both ways. And no, their 1st Amendment rights do NOT extend into the workplace. Never have and never will. If you are going to champion a particular amendment to further your cause, at least go read what it says and educate yourself on it first.