Anthems, Protests and the NFL
I promised myself that I wasn’t going to write about media reactions to news stories this week. It wasn’t the first time I made this promise to myself, but it was the first time I told you about it and so, I have to keep it this time.
Consequently, I won’t be writing about the reaction to Mr. Trump’s announcement that he’s taking a pass on his date with Mr. Kim of North Korea on June 12th. Honestly, that reaction was so predictably idiotic that writing about it would just be too easy anyway.
So, I’d like to reflect upon the announcement made by the National Football League the other day about their new National Anthem Policy.
It seems clear enough, since they said so specifically, that the NFL recognizes that their employees have an inherent right to protest any cause favored by the Left in the workplace. OK, they didn’t actually say “Left”, but I think their record on that is clear enough. This brings me to a question: do the stadium beer vendors have the same right to protest on the job? How about the hot dog vendors? How about the ticket collectors at the gate?
Somehow, I doubt it, but wouldn’t it be fun to find out?
When did employees get the right to engage in political protests of whatever sort in the workplace? Come to think of it, wouldn’t that bring about a hostile work environment, since any protest is likely to have people who disagree? Don’t people who call themselves “liberals” normally oppose such things?
Let’s be honest; you only have a right to protest in the workplace if the employer wants to go along with it. Those poor beer vendors can’t protest because that would take cash out of the owners’ pockets: Can’t have that. Those team owners and the League already have our money for those multi-millionaire players and thus we, the customer, must endure the protests as a captive audience− not so with the beer vendor.
But… don’t worry! From now on the protesters will stay in the locker rooms during the Anthem in protest and run out onto the field afterwards… in protest no doubt.
Of course, this brings us back to where we began as fans and customers, we who enjoy football to get away from the chaos of politics. Yet there is hope, for we discovered last year that there really is life without the NFL.