Short one today.
In the past, I have pointed out that there is no right to protest per se. I.e. there is nothing that is normally not permitted which suddenly becomes permissible if done as “protest”. There are rights which you have which can be used as protest–speech, peaceable assembly (don’t forget the “peaceable” part), the press, and petitioning government for redress of grievance–but “protest” on its own is not an enumerated right.
Still “speech”, which also includes physical actions for the purpose of conveying a message, is one of the rights. And so, in the wake of the NFL ruling on the “kneeling” protests during the National Anthem, people are complaining about violating the player’s “free speech.”
Okay, the players have a right to speak. What they don’t have is a right to force people to attend/watch NFL games and buy NFL merchandise. And, since they don’t have the right to force them, the people _do_ have a right to turn away from the NFL if they don’t like what the players are doing and the League is allowing. (And that’s exactly what has been happening–people have been staying away from NFL games and licensed NFL merchandise in droves, leading to the league hemorrhaging money.) They don’t have a right to require their employer–their teams and the League of which they are a part–to provide them a venue for their speech.
Which leads to that the players with the protests also don’t have a right to keep earning multi million dollar salaries when they’re costing their employers money.
If I were to engage in political protests on company time that cost my boss business and therefore money, I’d be fired and rightfully so.
They’re getting off easy.