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1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech Making Unconstitutional to Deny a Person Right to Protest During the National Anthem

October 10, 2017

Violating Our Civil Rights Is Unconstitutional Around Requiring a Person to Stand for the National Anthem     Regardless of one’s relationship to the organization, a spectator or anyone who is involved with a sports or any other event

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NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on Tuesday that anthem protests will be a topic of discussion by team owners at league meetings next week, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

Owners will also consider a rule change that would make standing during the national anthem mandatory, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The rulebook currently only encourages players to stand.

Protests during the anthem have become a point of contention for the league. It has led President Donald Trump to take direct aim at the sport, and also led Vice President Mike Pence to leave a game this past Sunday after a collection of players took a knee during the anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently admitted to demanding his players to stand during the anthem.

Related – Jerry Jones: Any Cowboys player disrespecting flag is not allowed to play

Demonstrations during the anthem have branched off into other sports, as Bruce Maxwell of the MLB’s Oakland Athletics took a knee last month and J.T. Brown of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning stood with a raised fist during the anthem last week.

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