NFL Gutlessness on National Anthem and Guns is Divisive and Dangerous

By David Codrea

The forum they are privileged to participate in is not about them and what they want.

USA – -( We should have expected this to happen.

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to make the national anthem a forum for personal race-based grievance exploitation has spread, and not just within the National Football League. Taking their cue from the pros they hope to be some day, college and high school athletes have also decided that they’re social justice warriors, too.

Hey, it’s their right, right? The First Amendment and all that? I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it…? First they came for the whatevers?

Uh, no, actually. Sure as individuals, on their own time and dime, they’re free to make the case for just about anything they want (short of posting 3-D printing data online). But they’re not on their own time and dime. They are wearing uniforms with team names and logos. They are representing a team and an organization. The forum they are privileged to participate in is not about them and what they want.

Were this not the case, imagine what would happen should any player wish to commit career suicide and conduct a protest on behalf of White Lives Matter. That’s something he wouldn’t be able to get away with even out of uniform and off the field.

Ask Riley Cooper if league officials were more worried about his free speech (which no argument was racially offensive and dumb as hell), or making sure he was sufficiently publicly shamed and punished. Or, switching sports and professions for a moment, ask Curt Schilling about expressing his views on “gender identification” in bathrooms on Facebook.

Not to wander too far afield, but a quote from Star Trek comes to mind.

But back to the uniform—try expressing yourself in one of those in a way not approved by the NFL, and don’t be surprised to see swift and certain discouragement with an “or else” attached. NFL is so protective of its trademarks, they even stopped East Rutherford from using the term “Super Bowl.”

Curiously though, the uniforms have been authorized for use to go after another right, with then-mayors Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Menino donning Giants and Patriots jerseys to stump for citizen disarmament in front of the Super Bowl audience. And that’s hardly the end of the league’s hostility to RKBA.

The NFL may be loath to push back against players making political statements they approve of, or at least don’t have the guts to put a halt to lest a costly walkout ensue and all those lovely revenues be lost, but they have no problem keeping those players from having the means of personal defense. Right there in the rules, under “Standard of Conduct,” they prohibit:

Possession of a gun or other weapon in any workplace setting, including but not limited to stadiums, team facilities, training camp, locker rooms, team planes, buses, parking lots, etc., or unlawful possession of a weapon outside of the workplace…

A lot can happen in those times when a player is on his own and unarmed. Admittedly, some of them look like they shouldn’t be – on their own, that is.

And it’s not just the players NFL doesn’t trust. A couple years back,my wife won some preseason tickets to see the Browns, and while I normally couldn’t care less, she wanted to go. Not only did they not allow our collapsible umbrellas for the walk back to the car in the rain, purses were verboten — they make women put stuff in a clear plastic bag, claiming “enhanced public safety.” (I realize I’m probably not telling most who follow such things anything — it’s just I remember an era when you could board an international commercial airliner without undergoing sigmoidoscopy.)

And it’s not just us mundanes NFL doesn’t trust: They don’t even want off-duty “Only Ones” carrying their service weapons (although Texas has said “Come and take it.”)

It’s probably not too relevant that NFL hired former ATF Fast and Furious stonewalling front man B. Todd Jones as a league mouthpiece, but I couldn’t just let that one go unmentioned.

Meanwhile, expect the Kaepernick-inspired protests to continue – he wasn’t forced to apologize or be fired on the spot as an example to others, and once you give up control like that, the momentum is just too big to stop. And expect the phenomenon to grow in colleges and high schools. Me, I’m waiting for Pop Warner…

But funny thing about free speech: Say you disagree, and while everyone is sitting you stand with hand on heart and sing. Or say you disagree strongly, and when you see someone raise a clenched fist, you exercise your right to “Boo” him.

My guess is we could very well see this happen, and when it does, those who could have put a quick end to it and did not will share in the civil culpability under the doctrine of “knew or should have known.”

You also may see some people trying to make it back to their cars wondering “What the hell was I doing paying good money to put myself in a ‘gun-free zone’?”

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 31 thoughts on “NFL Gutlessness on National Anthem and Guns is Divisive and Dangerous

    1. Some people probably think I am bit of an idiot for letting some trivial little thing like a cartoon of bears with toilet paper stuck to their asses upset me but it has little to do with the cartoon. I like to think that I am a man of principle, and a man WITH principles and I make an honest effort to walk the walk while I talk the talk. So, I will not allow myself, at the expense of others, to indulge in name calling or insults when I still have a few faults of my own to get ironed out in my life. It’s the old sage, “Until you walk a mile in MY shoes ….. etc…..” and I like to stay as close to that ideal as possible for me to do at any given time. And, like all others of my species, I will slip and fall on occasion and catch myself judging someone on the basis of a photo or a 2nd or 3rd hand story or simply a rumor that is being circulated around. It is not by my choice that this happens but I try to correct my mistakes and shy away from trying to second guess the motives for the actions of others when they don’t have them explained right out there in front of me so I can fully understand what they are meaning by what they are doing.

      I am a 73 year old adult who was of military age during the ’60’s and THAT is all the bragging I will do about my military activities. They are personal to me and I will keep the memories alive within my own mind. Otherwise there is always a chance that I will become “tainted” by the quest for the “Almighty Dollar” and follow so many others who never have a goal in their lives. My goal was, is, and ever will be to live an honest and sincere life free from debt as much as possible, and a life that is free from being what it is at the cost to someone else’s life or destiny. I have traveled extensively and I have seen how poor people, really poor people live, and I know how little it takes to make me a happy person. Lucky for me, those things to which I am attracted for my entertainment, outdoors lifestyle, and my recreational activities are still free or with little cost after any equipment or other paraphernalia to make the activity a reality is bought and paid for. And I still have an undying loyalty to my family, my friends, and my country and consider myself a patriot in the purest sense of the word.

      Bottom line, this type of forum is a very good place to vent frustrations and get things off one’s chest but, many times, people get a bit carried away in the fervor of the moment and stray over a few unspoken “lines in the dirt” and then trouble follows without fail. I really believe that, if people would take a 10 second “time out” and think, really plan out what they are about to say in regards to their real feelings on a subject, there would be less need of someone to “edit” a post or give permission prior to placing a post on such a forum as we have here. I would speculate that if we all, who are participating in discussion such as is going on here now, would meet out there in the middle of that NFL field at high noon and have the same discussion face to face, there would be a much more tempered level of remarks made and we all would come off that field better men for the experience. Hey, if I felt as strongly about someone else’s activities so as to verbally abuse their actions to such an extreme as is done occasionally on most any of the discussion forums on the internet today, I would not only be very defensive about anyone coming within my “private space” but I would probably fully expect to find a set of knuckles flying in my direction if I was the one trying to make a point by bad mouthing another stranger.

      I see this country in dire need of people who can group together and take control of a situation no matter if it is who was first in line at the checkout counter to what we are going to ALLOW the leaders of this great country, the same leaders WE voted into office, to do while they are in the office WE put them into. Somewhere along the line some of those leaders have lost sight of WHO they represent and WHY they were picked to be where they can make a difference and HOW they got to where they are now, and weigh that against whether they could HOLD THEIR OWN and STAY IN THE SPACES WE ELECTED THEM INTO without the help of those who put them there.

      I have always believed that we have one power that is almost “godlike” and that is the power of each of us to cast a VOTE. One vote for each of us but that one vote is POWERFUL beyond comprehension when that voter believes that he or she CAN make a difference with their one vote. I hope this old concept will be resurrected between now and November 8th. Then we can truly say that the voters GOT what they wanted!

    2. I gladly cut the cord and no longer have paid tv besides streaming netflix. I love depriving the cultural marxists of the big media funding, but especially the leftist sporting leagues and the fawning television reporters who cover them. That is the only thing that can force them to change – boycotting games, not watching on tv, and destroying their revenue. Otherwise, why would the nfl or nba change a single thing?

    3. I gladly cut the cord and no longer have paid tv besides streaming netflix. I love depriving the cultural marxists of the big media funding, but especially the leftist sporting leagues and the fawning television reporters who cover them. That is the only thing that can force them to change – boycotting games, not watching on tv, and destroying their revenue. Otherwise, why would the nfl or nba change a single thing?

    4. P.S…… Think I’ll walk out in the front of my house, gaze in admiration and respect at Old Glory, which hangs appropriately,always there, recite our Pledge, do my best to sing our Anthem and give Thanks for all our Blessings. Strength through Faith.

    5. ONLY in AMERICA!! In most any other country in the world, showing any disrespect towards that nations flag and/or anthem would probably result in one being imprisoned and perhaps executed. Although , in my humble opinion, these “protesters” actions are totally inappropriate, uncalled for, and at best terribly shameful and stupid, I hope that they are at least smart enough to know just how good they have it and what a great country our Flag and the Anthem (the only Anthem any of us should have allegiance to) represents. The nfl should really “tighten up” the requirements for all to show at least enough respect to stand, no forced participation beyond that, for our Flag and accompanying Anthem and I would strongly recommend that a pre-game invocation , which at one time was commonplace,be reinstated to give Praise to the only God and our Savior, which makes all of this possible.

    6. This is an ignorant display of uneducated and programmed minds who have the right to make total jerks of themselves in a very public way. I will treat this idiocy like I do Jane Fonda, who made an equally moronic expression of her disdain for American forces fighting the very enemy she was making her buddies by posing on that anti aircraft gun, in the news photos that the North Vietnamese propagandists showed the media worldwide.

      As far Colin and his disinformed followers are concerned, I have no plans to watch any NFL games until the NFL shows some backbone and tells these pampered dopes that they need to show respect for the national sy.mbols and the freedoms they enjoy because of blood shed by our heroes and patriots and stop blaming their fellow Americans en masse for the tragedies of history. Social Justice Warriors? Please give us all a break. If you want to be a warrior, how about doing it for real and do what Mr.Pat Tillman did – suit up and give the game your very best. Now, he was a true warrior for social justice. He left his job in the NFL to do something truly courageous by serving his country in time of war and he gave his life taking justice to the enemy.

      And you want to sit down during the National Anthem? Shame on you.

    7. I am a Dallas Fan. Unfortunately, Dallas is playing San Francisco this weekend, Oct 2nd. I will NOT be watching it – due to Kapernick being on that team. Yes, MY loss. But I will not ever watch SF as long as he’s on that team. Nor any others where I see this stuff happening.

    8. Or you could do like I did, about 10 years ago when I weaned off the “tube” altogether. And it had nothing to do with any protest movements or spoiled little rich kids who happen to play with a ball and knock each other around a field. I became tired of watching animated blue bears running around the forest with bits of toilet paper stuck to their asses. And they called this “advertising”?? Why would I be tempted to go out and buy a product based on an intelligence insulting advertisement like that???

      So today, I watch most of my favorite TV series, Bluebloods, NCIS, etc., and some of which I didn’t know existed but found on the pay channels like Netflix and Amazon Prime AND I watch all of those shows commercial FREE. And I can also watch most newer movies because there is absolutely no status level in my life to seeing them at the moment they are released and paying, for each movie, what I pay for 2 or 3 YEARS of subscription rates to Netflix or Am. Prime where they will eventually show up for viewing anyway.

      I have so many other personally IMPORTANT priorities in MY life such as enjoying the outdoors, kayaking and camping, sitting around a nice campfire listening to the night sounds, ……. all those boring things that everyone, who is bitching about somebody “taking a knee” at the wrong time, in their perception, is missing. Give me a nice wooded trail to hike on or some cobia or pompano or trout to lure into my kayak with fishing gear and I am good to go. And most evenings, when I am outside here in my little world on the bayou, and retreat is played over on Eglin AFB, I take time out from playing with my labrador or just watching the setting sun and I stand and place my hand over my heart and I will sing as off key as I normally sing, all the right words to the Star Spangled Banner and I stand proud and I stand free as this country has always stood because of those who have gone before me to protect our rights to speak freely, to “take a knee”, or whatever else a person chooses to become part of in this day in age.

      Right or wrong, and I thank the Good Lord for this next right, we all have the right to CHOOSE which door we want to open next and walk through. We may not have that priviledge much longer if we don’t take the same active role in who we place in our government and how they represent us while in office as many of us do in bitching about the ideas and habits of those around us. Who gives a rat’s ass anyway?? We have led such a passive life of luxury and convenience that we have lost touch with the who and the why of our freedoms here in this great land. Now there are those who would like to begin stripping us of those freedoms and they are much closer to being able to do this than anyone wanted to admit until recently. Now we have to make some difficult choices and the future of our country and our freedoms , ALL of us included, may be at stake. And those few spoiled rich kids, who are kneeling during the time we all should be paying some brief respect to how and why we have kept our freedoms all these years, won’t really matter much at the end of the day.


    10. I’ve joined James Woods and am done with the NFL’s style of entertainment. How could any American enjoy watching a bunch of cretins sully what they hold dear?

    11. It’s easy for me as NFL and ESPN are so politically correct and “progressive” collectivist these days I’ve lost all interest in watching fat boys crash into other fat boys with a few others squeezing in between. There are so many other interesting channels on cable these days besides a few good books here and there. No more NFL for this former fan!

    12. Stopped watching football this season. Will not be supporting this with dollars or my time. I won’t pay for social indoctrination; I USED to watch for entertainment. Further, except for this article, I have avoided giving this misguided protest any weight by not reading MSM articles about it.

    13. Hey RidgeRunner51-blow it out you’re pie hole! Your accusation of “police murdering innocent blacks” is a load of crap; any video recently will show you one thing; the BLM’ers just can’t follow simple instructions! STOP, PUT YOUR HANDS UP, and SHUT UP, just aren’t things that thugs like to hear, and consequently they put themselves and the unfortunate police presence, in a volatile situation! If any player in the National Football League, or Major Baseball League, or any other sport, wants to “take a knee during the National Anthem”; then offer them the BENCH for the duration of that, and any other game they choose to make an ass of themselves! As for high school, or college “wanta-be’s” who do the same; they should be afforded the immediate opportunity to “get off the team”.

      1. Excellent post. It is now 09/17 and this protest has gone ridiculous after President Trump had the courage to tell it like it is. These players are spoiled brats. They forget where they made their millions. Ungrateful and they think the world revolves around them. The NFL used to be a respectable organization until the thugs started playing in it. 80% of the NFL is black. I’ll lead you to draw your own conclusions.

    14. Ridgerunner

      93% of blacks are killed by blacks
      Cops kill less than 1%
      More whites are killed by cops than black
      blacks kill more whites than whites kill blacks

      So whitey should be the one mad

    15. Ridgerunner – you should do some study my friend…

      blacks kill blacks 93% of the time (justice dept)
      Blacks are 20% of the population do 85% of violent crimes
      Cops kill less than 1% of blacks

      More white’s are killed by cops than blacks
      And more black kill whites than whites kill blacks..

      So your full of it….. and so are blm obama etc etc

    16. Sadly, if you’ve already given up on the NFL (haven’t even watched the Super Bowl in 30 years) there’s not much you can do to protest. I can’t not watch something twice as much and I doubt they’d be impressed if I removed the n, f, and l keys from my keyboard. They’re working overtime to keep me away though.

    17. I only ask one question. How many of these individuals JOINED voluntarily and served in the United States armed forces and placed their lives on the line. I suggest that they go to a Veteran national cemetery and see that black are resting in piece next to whites and many different cultures. Having the freedom to go and spend some time to look at the names and the length of their lives was brought to you by these individuals. If you wish to protest, I only ask that you stand in the roadway of an ISIS convoy and see if they get your message. I was brought up to not know the difference of a man based on the color of his skin. When five of us in the Army went to a drinking establishment in Ohio in the late sixties, there were four of us that were not black and one that was black in our group. We were refused service unless the black man left. By choice, the four of us decided that we all went in together and that we would all leave together. So instead of busting the place up or standing out in front protesting, we moved on with honor that we carry with us to today. I will join hands with you and I will listen to you, but I will not dishonor the flag nor the anthem. We are all going in together, so let’s all move on together. What a simple plan. In the meantime, I will defend the constitution of the United States.

    18. Vote with your feet. Do not go to an NFL game, do not watch them on TV. What would the NFL say if when players refused to stand a large block of fans just got up and left?

    19. Now that football has been ‘Politicized’ you can find another recreational activity. Get off the couch and enjoy one of the many ‘firearms sports’.

    20. The ‘Roman Empire’ had “Bread and Circuses”, The ‘American Empire’ has ‘Food Stamps and Football’. Now that football has been ‘Politicized’ you can find recreation elsewhere. Get off the couch and enjoy one of the many ‘firearms sports’.

    21. These jackasses have never had to fight for anything or do an honest days work in their lives. They’re not fit to clean a serviceman’s latrine. I’d like to time machine their ass back to 1944 on Omaha beach. This is progressive PC BS at its finest. We need to legalize dueling!

    22. For some reason, many of these articles are slanted to cause division among people. One More Time: The “tradition” of playing the anthem at sporting events began as a money making proposition, by the Chicago Cubs, way back when. They were having trouble getting fans into the stadium. They hit upon the idea to have the anthem played before each game. It worked! More people came; they made more $$$. This is a FACT. Look it up. Next: The protests of either not standing for the anthem, or raising clenched fists, or locking arms, or kneeling is the exercising one’s FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSION. There are some who only seem to recognize the Freedom to Carry a weapon. In their limited thinking capacity, that’s the only “freedom” that they recognize; as spelled out in the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights. They need to read more. & educate themselves.
      – The PROTESTS are to bring attention to the increasing murders, by the police, of unarmed Black people. It’s as simple as that. Nothing more. NO DISRESPECT to the Flag, or anything else. It’s only racist haters who are trying to interject other meanings into the protests. The sad part is that some of you are falling for these b.s. interpretations..

      1. RidgeRunner51;
        I fall for nothing – YOU stand for nothing. So I take it you’re calling me a racist hater. I guess I’ll just have to exercise my FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSION and in the words of Gunny Ermey call you a twinkle-toed communist c*cksucker. That’s a hell of a lot more accurate than me being a “racist hater”. I’m not talking about sporting events, a**wipe. In spite of what you say, their actions ARE disrespect to the flag, the country, and everything else that countless good men have fought and died for. Men that would not be able to even fathom their actions. Men that these multi-million dollar ass-clowns would not be allowed to carry water for. Merely communicating with someone who could think this way makes me want to be sick. MY COUNTRY, right or wrong, MY COUNTRY! And if you don’t like it – for God’s sake GET OUT! Now troll off to see Soros and get your pieces of silver.

      2. Not falling for B.S. Just intelligent enough to research instead of being a parroting sheep. Facts like 80% of people shot by LEO are not black. Black life Matters so much that even though 90+% of black deaths by gunfire are by other blacks, they only protest when it is a white shooter. Racism is a two way street.
        And although you give an account of the first time the National Anthem was played at a major sporting event, your reasoning is a little skewed. It had nothing to do with money, it was totally do to Pride. (

      3. So……RidgeRunner: MY FREE SPEECH would be OK to call whatever Black person I see and dislike the N-word?

        What’s the difference in YOUR expression, and mine?

        A rational response would be appreciated. Thank you.

      4. RidgeRunner:

        So… I am exercising MY FREEDOM of Speech & Expression….I could call the next Black person I see and I don’t like…the “N” word…. For THAT matter, I guess I could march and loot and burn with signs that say “Kill all N-words”…..

        Really?! And you would support that?……

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