What started out as one player, Colin Kaepernick, making a statement about race by kneeling during the National Anthem, has exploded into a national conversation about race, protest, the American flag, and how we should respond to such protests.Overall, the NFL has been supportive of the players’ protests, but on the flip side, NASCAR owner Richard Petty stated he would fire any of his team members who knelt during the National Anthem.
While the politics are hot here, I’m not taking a political stance. I’m asking a question: Can either the NFL or NASCAR legally fire, suspend, or otherwise discipline a player or driver for such a political protest? It’s clearly been damaging to the NFL’s bottom line and if a NASCAR allowed protests there, it would be damaging to their business as well. Remember, while we may see these sporting events as games or races, they are also businesses–big businesses. And the fans (read: customers) provide the cash to keep these businesses running.Without the fans, the business dies.
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