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  • Rick Hayes

NFL - Not For Liberty

As young boys on the streets of America, on muddy city park fields, and later on the turf of high schools and college arenas, football is played.

On Saturday's in the Fall, professional prospects play college football in front of sold-out stadiums and pave the way for the main event the following day when the best players in the country take the field for The National Football League or NFL.

Those three letters, "NFL," sound as American as apple pie. The team names such as the Patriots, Eagles, and the Dallas "America's team" Cowboys strike up Americana. Even the leagues' red, white and blue symbol gives the appearance of an American patriotic emblem.

But the league's external image is where the patriotism ends, and corporate America and leftist politics begins. All the humorous commercials and charity events can not mask the shameful and sordid history of the NFL regarding freedom of speech and American ideals.

In 2012 the NFL did not support Tim Tebow's kneeling and praying before each game. They also required that he remove the John 3:16 eye-black he wore.

In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall $10,500 for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) was forced to turn his shirt inside out because it read "Know Jesus Know Peace."

In 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers player DeAngelo Williams was fined $5,787 for wearing "Find the Cure "eye black for breast cancer awareness, and teammate William Gay was fined $5,787 for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence.

In 2016 the NFL stopped the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty. That same year, the NFL threatened to issue fines to any player caught wearing cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

In total contrast, this year, the NFL gave its full support to the burgeoning Marxist organization, "Black Lives Matter." The NFL sanctioned anti-American actions as it allowed players to kneel during the National Anthem. A total disgrace to the country and a show of complete disrespect to the flag and those who died to keep America free.

And it must be stated that those who attended such events are also participating in and supporting the nation's denigration and disrespecting the nation's heroes.

Perhaps the NFL knows something the rest of us would rather not believe is true. That today's NFL fan sitting in the stands while players kneel during the Anthem knows nothing about sacrifice or self-respect.

That cheering on a bunch of players who, along with the organization they work for, disrespects you, your family, and your country is acceptable. Perhaps the NFL understands that as long as these kinds of fans get their hotdog and beer, they and their employees can take their money and spit in their faces all season long.

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