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Re: “Razorback women take a knee during National Anthem; angry fans erupt

All those that are saying that these players have a first amendment right to protest are missing one major point. They absolutely do have a right to protest under the First Amendment, however when you are in someone else's uniform, in someone else's venue, on someone else's time, that right does not apply.

If I showed up at my place of employment, in their uniform, and I decided to spew out my political views, I would lose my job, and it would not be a racial thing, or discrimination against older people. It would be because I did not follow the rules.

The bill of rights are not carte blanche, and they have rules associated with them. Look at the Second Amendment. If I was to walk in to a shopping mall with a firearm, I would be arrested. I could cry and whine about my Second Amendment rights, but I would be told that there are rules that need to be followed.

I agree with the governor. I have not watched an NFL game since Collin Kaepernick started his protest. I certainly agree that Mr. Kaepernick has a right to protest, but not while in an NFL uniform, at an NFL venue, on NFL time. I tune in games to watch football, not political views. This is similar in concept to going to a U2 concert. I like their music, but I do not go to their concerts because I do not need to listen to Bono project his political sentiments out to the crowd.

I am certainly not a young millennial person jumping on a bandwagon, on either side. I am a part of the baby boomer generation. I worked hard all my life. I have people near and dear to me that have served this country that are spinning in their graves like pinwheels because of these self-righteous clowns trying to take advantage of their privilege to get a point across when there are certainly more acceptable and more appropriate ways of doing so.

So to all you folks out there that insist that this is an infringement on rights, you need to go back to history class, and perhaps seek a real education and not a social media education.

I am watching my alma mater very closely, and if there's any of this nonsense going on, and the school condones it, I will be like many of the alumni, and I will consider pulling the $25,000 a year that I contribute as well.

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Posted by TomPayne on 11/07/2016 at 10:16 AM


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