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Sharp and Bayless reacts to Mike Pence and Jerry Jones’ comments

Sharp and Bayless reacts to Mike Pence and Jerry Jones’ comments

Watched this commentary on the reaction of Shannon Sharp and Skip Bayless to the reaction of fans and of VP Pence to the disrespect to the national anthem, have to say, Shannon Sharp could not have had it more wrong. In addition to the typical psychotic meltdown you see in regards to Trump from anyone with left leaning political beliefs, Shannon claims this is all racially motivated, he could not be more wrong, what happened was they tried to bring race into this, the American people wanted nothing to do with it. And the fact that you have pampered NFL players living in gilded mansions behind gated communities, being paid tens or hundreds of millions due to us the fans, to complain that the very fans who give them the ability to make money are somehow beneath them, that they have a right to dictate to the fans how they should view things, show the lack of understanding of how perilous their position is, and the fact that if they lose the fans they will not have a job.

May not like it, but the rules within the NFL openly states that players will stand at attention for the national anthem, this is the rules, the collective agreement agrees to abide by the rules. Shannon Sharp is wrong. The NFL is governed by rules, then by guidelines and union contracts, and the game operation manual, the players in turn agree to abide by the rules, in this case they aren’t, the game operation manual sates:

“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

But there is more than this, in many ways Shannon Sharp does not get the whole issue, he thinks this is the NFL against Trump, it isn’t, it is between the players and their fans, what the players feel or believe is immaterial, they aren’t paying to see the game, the only perspective that matters is what the fans feel, it is the fans that make the it possible for these players to have a job.

The problem I have with the whole case Shannon Sharp and many of the civil rights attorneys and activist are presenting can be listed in five distinct problems.

  1. The game is possible because the fans watch the game, this drives the TV Stations to broadcast, they in turn because of the people watching can charge what they do for advertising, when you are losing 25% or more of your viewership, you will lose the money from advertising, you then will find the broadcasting corps will not pay the money that they had for the right to show the games.
  2. Everyone has a right to protest, but not during the time of employment, that is not a constitutional right, you are an employee, maybe they should realize this, the employer has the right to dictate how an employee will act or they will not be employed. In cases before the court we have seen this idea advanced, in Adler v Board of Education, the Court said, “You have a constitutional right to say and think as you will, but you have no constitutional right to work for the government.”
    In subsequent cases we have seen that the right of a individual to free speech is only in these cases:

    • Is this employee’s speech being restricted or punished because the employee is expressing religious or other beliefs that are different from the employer’s or from co-workers?
    • Are employees of some religions or national origins allowed to express themselves regarding religion or national origin, but not others?
    • Is the employee being punished for speaking a different language during lunch or breaks?
    • Are the employee’s rights to share information protected by some other right, e.g. union regulations under the NLRB or PERC that allow employees to share salary information?
    • The right to protest is never a right protected, an employer has a right to fire if you are protesting what is considered civil rights or any other issue that is not applicable in regard to your job. (i.e. you can’t walk out of a job in protest of a court case not dealing with your job and then sue for wrongful termination).
  3. Your right to protest is your given right, but as I stated in item three, not while employed, but if you do, the same right you have to protest, the fans equally have the right as well to counter protest. To act like they don’t have the same rights as you, it is both hypocritical and full of error.
  4. The US gives tax breaks to the NFL, to the tune of billions a year, they also have paid billions into building stadiums, further the US has waved the anti-trust actions against the NFL, this could be stopped, the NFL then would find themselves broke up, the stadiums would not be built anymore, have fun getting fans to agree to taxes to fund one, in the process with anti-trust litigation coming forward the NFL would be forced to break up, the NFL would be a shadow of what it once was, the players would not be eligible to get the money they once got.
  5. Shannon Sharp claims the NFL is not a public institution, but like it or not, it is financed by the public, that is the reality, if the public pulls their support, the NFL will fold. Instead what we have is Shannon has resorted to racist claims, the facts are the majority of Americans agree with Trump, does not matter what the players demand, the fans are the ones that dictate what they will watch, not the players.

It seems these players have lost view of whom it is that makes their job possible, in this Trump did have it right, he looked at the public reaction to these games, the owners saw they had misjudged this, in the end the NFL is a business, they either were going to stop this protest or end up loosing billions. Seems the players got that wrong as well, the NFL is a business, while it may concern itself in civil rights, in equality and other social issues, in the end it is in place to make a profit, that will take this fact in over every move they make.

We saw this week the NFL moving to correct this, as a fan of the game, but more a person that loves and cherishes the game, I have no problem with protesting what you see as injustice, but I will NEVER support it as a loyal American Vet doing it to such a veneration national institution as our national anthem.


About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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