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Well yeah, 99% of people don't stand. That's inaction. Kneeling is a conscious decision to say "F you" the people that fought for your country, and Europe, etc.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: Painterz
Kaepernick got the idea of kneeling by talking to a Green Beret.
When they present a flag to the family of a fallen soldier, they "take a knee."
I'd like to see these gumbahs explain that is disrespectful to the Beret.
originally posted by: keys2heaven
First Amendment protections do not apply to private organizations. Remember the N-word fiasco a few years ago when the NFL sought to ban it?
So, yes, the players can express themselves, but don't say that they are protected by the first amendment, when they legally are not. Individual states and case law may rule differently, but federal protections do not apply.