Editorial: Super bad

NFL lets players make political statement, but not veterans

So, let’s get this straight.

 

For two years now, a growing number of National Football League players have sat or kneeled for the National Anthem before games to show their displeasure with the country. And the league has done nothing to stop them. Nothing. Zilch.

Even though they’ve continued fining players for such things as having the wrong color cleats.

But the nonprofit American Veterans (AMVETS) has been banned from placing an ad in the Super Bowl game-day program that merely asks people to stand – because they’re being political?

That’s so wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start. But let’s just start with two:

First, the NFL is saying that standing for the National Anthem, or at least encouraging others to, is a political act. Gee, we thought it was just patriotism. Silly us.

Second, they’re allowing their players to make a political statement – saying it’s the players’ First Amendment right to do so – but denying that same right to veterans who have served and, in many cases, fought to preserve those players’ constitutional rights.

It’s the height of hypocrisy and yet another insult – from a league that constantly wraps itself in the flag, no less.

Not real super.

 

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