NFL Owners decided to modify the kickoff rule to deterr protest during national anthem in NFL games. This meassure was decided on May 23th 2018 and will be implemented on 2018 season. The rule was questioned by players and former players. The decition was taken by all the NFL Owners, and announced by the commisioner Rodger Godell.
The discusion here relies in if this rule, violates the freedom of speech. As a legal background, in 1943 a similiar case was decided by supreme court. In West Virginia State Board of Education vs Barnette. In this case two sisters, both Jeovah’s Witnesses di not salute the flag in school, challenging the state’s mandate. It was 1943 and the country needed national unity. The decition of supreme court protected the religous freedom.
However 75 years laters, freedom of speech its threatened by corporate censorship, but this time with a coportate punshment. Players who don’t follow the guideline of the field could be fined or the whole team punished.
In that 1943 case Justice Jackson wrote ” If the re is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us”
What is your opinion