NFL Team Owners Have the Right to Ban Players’ Racial Protests

NFL Team Owners Have the Right to Ban Players’ Racial Protests

NFL Team Owners Have the Right to Ban Players’ Racial Protests

NFL team owners are within their rights to ban players’ racial injustice protests during the national anthem, according to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

In an interview Sunday he said the players’ First Amendment right to free speech and petition only stands in relation to government, not to their team franchise.

“The players are entitled to kneel if the owners allow them to,” he said. “But the owners could say No.”

Professor Dershowitz said the only constitutional issue would be if the government “put its thumb on the scale” — but noted how unpopular the NFL players’ protests have become among the public.

“If you want to protests racism, then protest racism. But do not protest the American Flag, the national anthem, and the United States of America,” Prof. Dershowitz said.

President Donald Trump has criticized the players who kneel during the national anthem — and Prof. Dershowitz said he he thinks former President Barack Hussein Obama would have been similarly displeased.

“I do not know that The Obama Administration would’ve handled this any differently,” Prof. Dershowitz said. “I think President Obama would have said he disapproves of kneeling during the national anthem.”

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