From Christ and Pop Culture on how the NFL has handled the player’s protesting by kneeling during the national anthem.
By excluding the NFLPA from this decision, the owners are accepting the false narrative that the protests are against America and the military. These dismissive actions demonstrate that owners have shown little concern about the injustices and inequalities the players were attempting to highlight. Instead, their demand to end the protests seems to only come from a concern for their bottom-line profits. The problem with this approach, beyond the suppression of the rights outlined in the First Amendment, is that it makes explicit what has been implicit for some time — most NFL owners care more about maintaining power and wealth than the health, welfare, and safety of their players.
The president’s and vice president’s interference in this space has been dishonest and unwelcome. The way the NFL has handled the peaceful and respectful protests has been uneven at best and racist and coercive at worst.
Add this to the cover-up and mishandling of the issue of players with brain injuries and you have some very good reasons for not supporting the National Football League.