Monday's HOT MIC
The NFL Players Association is practicing a little damage control as they released an ad recently that ran during the games yesterday that features several NFL players telling us we have them all wrong; they just simply LOVE the military.
I wrote on the ad this morning at AT:
I have no doubt that many NFL players have tremendous respect for the military and their service. Even some of the protesters - misguided though they might be - may respect the flag and the armed forces. Many NFL players say they have family members who have served and would never do anything to disrespect them or their service.
All of this is true. But it is also true that it really doesn't matter that they believe their protests don't disrespect the flag and the military. Fifty million people or more think that's exactly what they're doing. And the way that many of the NFL players have responded to criticism of their actions proves they have a childlike view of the First Amendment and what free speech really means.
I would guess that if there are players in the locker room who disagree with the anthem protests, they have been pressured to keep their mouths shut -- probably by both the owners and players. It's about time they spoke up and tried to end this damaging, idiotic protest. Someone has to make the protesting players realize that many, if not a majority of Americans are angry at them and that eventually, the owners are going to grow a pair and stop the silliness for them.