Flashback: NFL Players Threatened With Fines For Wearing Patriotic Cleats on 9/11
Social media was set ablaze after President Trump lashed out at NFL players protesting the national anthem on Friday while at a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange (R-AL).
On Saturday, the NFL Commissioner lectured President Trump — not the jackass players kneeling during the national anthem.
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
The NFL and the left are all of a sudden supporters of the 1st Amendment. They keep claiming that the NFL players have the First Amendment right to protest the national anthem if they so wish. Okay, great, and the consumers have a right to boycott.
Interestingly, the NFL threatened players with fines for wearing patriotic cleats on 9/11 in 2016. Why does Goodell have so much contempt for American patriotism?
Via Fox News:
The left cleat says 9-11-01, with the 11 in the outline of the Twin Towers, while the right one says Never Forget.
“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson told the Tennessean newspaper, on Friday.
The news outraged Paul Nunziato, head of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.
“I’m making a goal line stand on this. Enough is enough! The NFL is out of bounds on this,” he insisted.
He said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, by denying Williamson the right to wear the patriotic footwear, had “committed a personal foul against humanity.
“This guy [Williamson] was hoping to honor everyone who died on 9/11, no matter what their country or color.”
Via The Daily Caller:
The NFL will reportedly fine three NFL players for wearing cleats that honored 9/11 victims and first responders during games on the 15-year anniversary of the attacks.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and New York Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz are each expecting a $6,000 fine for their patriotic shoes, according to Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher.
Trace Gallagher: After wearing patriotic cleats “all three expect to be fined about $6K [by NFL] for the gesture.” pic.twitter.com/q0UuvLJdUo
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 13, 2016
The NFL decided not to fine the players according to Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2016