To: Rep. Robin Kelly
Subject: The meaning of the First Amendment as it applies to the NFL players wanting to kneel.
Background: You recently criticized the Chicago Bears for supporting the NFL restriction on players kneeling to protest the national anthem at games.
In fact, the freedom of speech clause protects individuals against attacks on that basic right by the government.
It does not apply to workplace rules issued by an employer.
It does protect actions and opinions outside the workplace.
It’s also very likely that most citizens see respecting the anthem as a tribute to the sacrifices of our military, not bowing to the owners’ political biases.
The whole thing is a bit ironic, as the players are wealthy individuals who easily could fund a media campaign promoting their point of view about the national anthem, a campaign which probably would be more effective for them.