So of the many players that protested during the anthem, only Reid & Kaepernick are being “blackballed”. Even though many that were in the spotlight protesting every week have jobs, have received raises, and/or were hired by other teams…but these two guys are the only ones being blackballed.
Doesn’t add up, must be another reason.
“Do you plan on kneeling for the National Anthem?” is the same question as “Do you plan on being a huge distraction to the team and your teammates?”
If fans continue to listen to the NFL talking heads the NFL will become the NBA and everyone will stop watching. Don’t fall for this none scene.
But it is not collusion if teams have unilaterally decided it is bad for their business. It seems completely plausible that an owner would be worried about the damage to their team’s individual brand from a player kneeling, rather than to the NFL brand as a whole.
I’m surprised labor and employment law is so clear that NFL teams can’t hold protests against players in employment decisions. Why is that? How does that differ, legally, from holding past drug use or domestic abuse against the players in employment decisions? And if it were the case, why is Kaepernick’s lawsuit on collusion and not an open and shut labor suit?
Week 2 of the preseason will see the Bengals hit the road to face the Dallas Cowboys , who just narrowly missed out on the playoffs this past season. A date and game time will be announced later. It will come sometime between August 16-20.
Then in Week 3, the Bengals will be back on the road to face the Buffalo Bills , who Cincinnati ironically helped squeak into the playoffs by beating the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17. Cincinnati and Buffalo will play on Sunday, August 26 at 4 p.m. EST on FOX. The Bengals and Bills have been incredibly linked since the conclusion of the 2017 NFL season. This will also be the first time that McCarron, who signed with Buffalo this offseason, will face the Bengals, so that will make for a big storyline for a preseason game.