POLL: What should the punishment be for protesting football players?

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How should NFL players be punished?

  1. No punishment

    44 vote(s)
    46.3%
  2. Fine each time they do it

    8 vote(s)
    8.4%
  3. Fine & Suspension

    15 vote(s)
    15.8%
  4. You're Fired!

    20 vote(s)
    21.1%
  5. Mango. Mango everywhere.

    8 vote(s)
    8.4%
  1. Montrovant
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    The options aren't legal punishments, they are employer punishments. The first amendment does not require an employer to allow employees to protest during work. There are also, supposedly, rules already in place in the NFL which require players to be on the field and standing for the national anthem, but they are not being enforced.

    I don't get upset by the protests, but if the NFL decides to punish the players according to already written rules, there would be no first amendment issue.
     
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    No they don't.
     
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    They can end it with fines and suspensions. If they can suspend players just on accusations of domestic abuse that doesn't affect how they play, they sure as hell can suspend/fire them for conduct on the field while wearing the uniform.
     
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    I woulda gone with "Pineapple" but mangoes are not my favourite fruit.... :uhh:

    The question really isn't valid. There's no rule from anybody that says they have to stand for a national anthem. If you have no "violation" of something, then you can have no "punishment". Does not follow.

    Further, NOT taking an action (standing) is not taking an action -- it's declining to take one. Any time mob mentality is challenged, that's a first down.
     
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    Look pal....this is not rocket science...........if whites boycott the games the advertisers will also leave....they are not going to pay for advertising if the majority of viewers leave...simple as that.
     
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    Actually, there are no rules in the NFL that say anything about what the players are supposed to be doing during the national anthem. Matter of fact, they didn't start having the players on the field for the anthem until 2009, and it was marketing to make them look more "patriotic".

    Anyone ever consider the fact that if the NFL hadn't done that marketing ploy, it wouldn't have given the players a platform to protest from?

    And consider this....................a boycott by the fans won't have much effect. The real cash cow for the NFL is selling advertisements for stuff like beer and man products.

    I don't really see beer sales going down just because some NFL players take a knee during the national anthem.
     
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    A black one?
     
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    What "conduct" would that be?

    Say, you think they can fine the Pentagon for pimping that NA bullshit onto the players in the first place? Or don't you care about that?
     
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    Of course that will help, but even without it, the NFL will be taking a huge haircut.

    Broadcast rights are sold to the networks based upon the number of viewers.

    As less people watch, the ad revenue drops.

    Simple economics.

    I hope these clowns end up destroying the league. The game is no fun to watch anymore. Too many penalties. Too many reviews, Too political. They can have it!
     
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    I don't think there should be any punishment unless they are in breach of their contract and their employers decide to act.
    However, although the team may be ok with it, ultimately it is probably the fans who will 'punish' them.
     
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