What Exactly Are The Free Speech Rights Of NFL Players?
With more and more players speaking out recently, it's important to know players' boundaries — and how the First Amendment doesn't really apply here.By Carter Woodiel | September 18, 2016
More and more NFL players are following Colin Kaepernick's lead and taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial oppression. Critics say they don't have the right to do it.
As it turns out, the free speech rights of NFL players are pretty complicated and have more to do with the NFL rulebook than the First Amendment.