" they fine players for writing on their shoes, so why is disrespecting the vet ok? "
SO VERY TRUE! Why are the uniform rules upheld so strongly but what the players do while wearing those uniforms, NOT pertaining to football, get overlooked.
I just wondered WHY even bother have rules, fines, etc. in the rule book if they aren’t going to be enforced? This all should have been “Nipped in the bud” when it first started. Sure there were some who “fanned the flames” and sure I get what they are protesting but they are being paid (very well , I might add) by the people who go to see the games, The fans. The fans pay to see a football game played fair and square and NOT have a player(s) spout their political preferences out loud or with postures before, during or after a game.
You KNOW this whole thing had to cause hard feelings and uncomfortableness in each and every locker room when it was up in the air who would knee or not kneel, who would stay in the tunnel or not stay in the tunnel, who would raise their fist in the air at certain moments. It could not have been very easy to be in any of those locker rooms. Every player, member was watching and waiting and wondering what every other player, member would do.
Yes this is America and YES we all have the right to free speech but there is a time and a place for that free speech. It was done because it was KNOWN that it would be seen by a LOT of people and it would be talked about and kept in the spotlight because of the controversial way it was done. It would have gone over a LOT better had a certain player done an interview about his feelings and the reasons he was upset and put it all out there clearly. Some people actually are stilled confused over what was being protested and what was not being protested.
The stadiums are not full, the people are disgusted with the whole NFL and how this was handled, the game is not the same as it used to be and might not be again. How sad that this whole thing had to get so blown out of proportion.
Do your job NFL and PLAY BALL!