Athletes should have to have some boundaries when taking a stand for social issues. This particular incident, they crossed no boundaries. Kaepernick simply wanted a peaceful protest against police shooting of African American men. At first he decided to sit during the national anthem, which he then realized was disrespectful to the U.S. Soldiers. He then came up with the idea to kneel instead. He didn't believe in standing for "a country that oppresses black people or people of color". The boundaries he crossed at first was disrespecting U.S. Soldiers, but he figured out his mistake and fixed it. It is not illegal to have the right to free speech and a peaceful protest. Many people believe that he shouldn't have protested during a game that tons of people have paid to come see, but that's the perfect time to protest. If you want to get your word out, you have to make sure people are listening to you and what you're saying. Many believe that that boundary was crossed, but there is no other way to get your voice heard.
The boundaries that athletes can be very hard to set when you think about the circumstances. Last year Colin Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem on several occasions sparking an uproar and making the NFL viewers upset. In 2017 Colin Kaepernick became a free agent and filed greivance stating that the coaches colluded and decided not to hire him. In my opinion the NFL should allow them to kneel because it doesn't affect there code of conduct. The boundaries that should be set are that they shouldn't be fined for kneeling, and they shouldn't be discriminated for the actions they do.
Boundarys should be in place for athletes when they are taking a stand for social justice. Athletes should keep away from disrespecting the flag or our soldiers. It is fine to take a stand for what you believe in, but there is a line that should not be crossed. I was always taught that if you did not take off your hat and stand for the national anthem that you were disrespecting our country. The NFL policy says that they need to sit in the locker room if they are not going to stand, or the team would be fined. this is a good rule so that people dont feel that the NFL is disrespectful
There should be no boundaries for athletes when it comes to peaceful protest because we have the right to protest. Kaepernick had a very good reason to kneel because he wants to make our country a better place. Kaepernicks protest got very popular and got the attention of President Trump which made Trump very angry. He said some very fowl things and said that the players should be fired. Now freedom of protest is a very touchy subject because Kaepernick effected so many people. I believe he got the attention of so many people and he made a very good point. This country needs equality and it just hasn't got to that point yet. If I played a sport I would kneel too.
When athletes take a kneel during the Anthem I think they should be aloud to do so but just not for the full time of the anthem. They should really just watch how they stand for social issues, there are other ways to get noticed. It's just interesting how a lot of people was influenced by just one person while he knelt before the anthem
The boundaries that should be taken when acting on social issues is when it starts to effect your level of playing. As an athlete you're getting paid to preform to the best of your ability so if you took a knee in the middle of the game it would be a big distraction. This might possibly leave your team distracted and now people are unfocused and confused as to whats happening on the field. Players like Eric Reid, Michael Bennett, and Colin Kaepernick are great football players who use the little time they have before the game to try and have their voice be heard. Many people see it as affecting the game because they're dishonoring veterans but players say all the time there is no disrespect to veterans it's about standing up against police brutality. Even with these distractions players still preform and excel so they should have the right to protest before the game.
I think like any workplace, a NFL game should not be used in order to broadcast a players opinion. The NFL should not fire Colin, but instead should set in place rules for future games to prevent players from protesting while on duty. If a player wishes to protest they should do it on their own time, and shouldn't use the NFL as a zealot for their beliefs.
When taking a stand for social issues the athletes should have boundaries because without them it could very well become out of hand. The first amendment is a great thing when used in the correct setting. With the athletes the game is their work place and should not be time to protest. The boundary should be set at the work place, they are big enough figures in society that if they called a press conference and made a public statement about the issue people would listen. In doing this it takes away from people taking it the wrong way and it becoming out of hand.
Although opinions vary when it comes to social injustices in our everyday lives. I believe we should keep all protesting whether peaceful or not out of the workplace. It is a professional environment and equality should be shown and not protested in the workplace. What is done on your own free time should be whatever you posses it to be. In agreeance this world and place we live in has to change, this is not the place to do so. You should do it outside of your professional job, so it doesn't interfere with the game and cause separations in the workplace.
The boundaries that athletes should have when taking a stand for a social issue are very complicated, and the line can become extremely blurred. Their boundaries should be set in cooperation with their employers and any unions that have been set to potentially protect them. Their employers are there to make money, as it's a business, and don't have to concern themselves with any politics, especially if it costs them money. However, often times unions and the business they are involved in discuss what protocol, rules, and such should be when dealing with specific situations. This way they can avoid headaches by setting boundaries and making compromises they both can be happy with, and respect both the business' rights to make money and the union's rights to protect their own people. So far, the choice of protesting during the national anthem has done very little to start talks about racism and police brutality, as everyone is distracted by the idea of disrespecting soldiers, the country, or the anthem and whether players have the rights to do so. This has only caused misdirection and has further complicated the issues already present. The players also alienate potential supporters who may like their cause against racism and brutality, but do not like their way of kneeling during the anthem. It seems the most preferable way to respect boundaries when taking a stance against social issues is to do so on your own time and will, so that no other issues distract from the real message.
Boundaries I think athletes should have when taking a stand for a social issue would be not to bring it to your work. Colin Kaepernick started sitting then kneeling during the National Anthem on national T.V. which got people to start thinking and talking about what he's protesting for. His protest went world wide and got other players to start kneeling as well. In result of Kapernick kneeling and sitting he became a free agent and wasn't signed.
Athletes should not be allowed to protest against what their employer wants them to, because it is disrespectful to the company. The company pays them to do their job, if they protest, when they should be working they need to be fired. Protesting people are taking time and money away from the company's when they are paid to play. President Trump Tweeted, "fans are paying so much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest". Trump argues that if the players are protesting then they are wasting fans valuable time. If fans quit going to games because of the protesting then the company's loose revenue. Boundaries need to be in place so that players cant protest and waste time and money. Amir Vera says "singer Densia Lawrence knelt at mid court as she took out the mic". This shows us that she went too far wasting peoples time with a speech that they did not want or pay to hear. Boundaries need to be set in place so that at sports events sports are played. Political events can be arranged instead of doing it at sporting events.
Athletes that are choosing to protest along side Kaepernick, should make sure anything and everything they do is not going to disrespect any of the people that serve our country. They must find a way to protest still peacefully, and while still showing complete respect to our service members. Once a way is found to send their message and still show respect the league should only allow their players to show their stand in this way. It could be kneeling, not coming out of the locker room, or even wearing something on their jerseys and this could prevent any backlash from players and viewers. The problem of protesting during "work hours" should be dealt with by the league and individual team owners.
As disrespectful as it might seem to kneel before the National Anthem, it would be unlawful to basically take away the players' rights or set a boundary as to what they can or cannot express. They are expressing a controversy they take to heart, the social injustices against African American men. In the article, it stated the players gave brief statements clarifying their feelings concerning our military, and how they honor them by playing this great game of football. I, a future Marine, do not like the idea of taking a knee but then again there's nothing we can do to stop them, but if the NFL would like to keep players such as Kaepernick from playing, that's their loss in both entertainment and money. They play at their own risk, therefore they will continue to express their feelings at their own risk.
I believe that when it comes to boundaries for athletes there should be little to none. I say this because it is a first amendment right, and you should be allowed to stand up for what you believe in. But with the idea that, Kaepernick protested at a work place, there should be some what of a boundary for him, but I believe that he should not be punished for what he did that game. The article states that he at first sat down for the pledge but out of respect decided to kneel instead, so disrespect for soldiers should not be the first standing issue. The social activism that Kaepernick displayed was also not during the football game so it did not even affect the game whatsoever. with that said i believe the NFL should have let him off with a warning and set new guide lines for peaceful acts of protest but not have to tight of boundaries.
The boundaries that athletes should have when it comes to peaceful protesting are not disrespecting our soldiers, and not doing it in the work place. The NFL has made changes and made it where if anyone doesn't want to stand for the pledge they will go to the locker room. The soldiers who have served or are serving were upset by the protest because they disrespected what they fought for to get them there. Boundaries are an important when it comes to public games.
Putting regulations of what players or people do during the National Anthem should not be necessary, yet, The protest of the anthem, according to Kaepernick, is to fight against "social injustices faced by black people in the United States." It isn't meant to defame our soldiers, and even that seems like banter made up by uninformed individuals who just want to complain about it. The NFL definitely does have to say and change something on the way they approach the issue. As of now, they have tried to make it worthy of losing your job, but inevitably, they'd be losing too many players in the process. Overall, I think the whole argument is baseless on the side against Kaepernick. These players are expressing their right as Americans to express their beliefs, just like one has the right to carry a firearm, or own a home.
Athletes should have some sort of boundary when taking a stand for social issues. The NFL has now approved players the right to not stand during the National Anthem, but they are to stay in the locker room during that time. According to Donald Trump, they shouldn't be on the field. This boundary still grants the players the right to protest while keeping them off the field. Forcing athletes to do anything besides their job would be infringing upon their 1st Amendment rights, but setting up rules like the NFL did, people are still allowed to protest while not being outwardly disrespectful.
The athletes should have boundaries whenever they are on for a game and in interviews because at that time they are at their work and should be professional leaving any personal issue out of it. Players doing protests at these sporting events are making it so the attention is taken from the game and all on them and if it is during the national anthem it makes it so you are not only taking the attention from the game but also from the honor that our country deserves, also in doing this they say they are not trying to dishonor our troops but they are offending the men and women that have served to protect our freedom.
Athletes have boundaries on taking action on social issues, and they have a workplace just like the rest of society. They do have their First Amendment right to free speech; however, whenever they go to their workplace, they can lose that right just like everyone else with a job in the country. As a student, my job is to go to school, and I lose my right to express myself when I come to school due to the dress code and rules in place. So while the athletes are at there job, either on a Sunday, Monday, or Thursday, they do not have the right to protest, unless their employer, the National Football League, approves it. NFL statements have been vague regarding this issue. NFL players do have the right to protest, but not in their workplace as they do not have all their rights at the workplace. If they do wanna protest they can do that on their free time, when they do have all their rights.
I think businesses and industries such as the NFL can have whatever boundaries they wish to impose on players because they have that choice as a company. I think if players want to kneel for the anthem and exercise their freedom of speech they can do so, just as the NFL can make consequences for doing so as well. These players are not being forced to play or represent the NFL and viewers and fans are not forced to watch NFL games.
I think there should be some boundaries when it comes to athletes, just because they are always in the spotlight. I think the way Colin K. protested was a perfect example. He did it peacefully while making a great point. I think that if any athlete protests, they should do it peacefully like Kaepernick did. Athletes should have the right to protest whatever they feel like, as long as they are doing it peacefully and not arming anyone, then it is alright. Not everyone agreed with what Kaepernick did, but it raised a lot of awareness about police brutality against black people. Raising awareness is the main reason these pro athlete's are doing these protest. They want as many people to know about these things going on in this world. These athletes should not be disrespected for defending something they believe in, they should be admired for their bravery.
When taking a stand for social issues I think you should fight for what you believe in. But Colin Kaepernick should've did it at a different time because it's disrespectful for our army man fighting for our country because it started protest and violence but Kaepernick should've been more professional about the whole situation He could have showed his thoughts through a personal blog or on social media. He could have had his agent issue his thoughts through a news article. These options would have prevented people from thinking poorly of him and the company NIke. Since he is Nike's spokesperson, he should have thought this through more.