AFA: The NFL can and should regulate employee conduct

Friday, September 9, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

NFL logoThe American Family Association (AFA) is encouraging the public to get involved as it urges the NFL to fine the players who refuse to stand in respect during the National Anthem.

The song inspires patriotism and reflects the best of American values, but for Colin Kaepernick and a few of his fellow professional athletes, it has become an opportunity to protest and draw attention to themselves.

But the AFA's Walker Wildmon notes that most people probably do not know that taking a knee during the anthem is also illegal.

Wildmon

"We realized after doing some studying that not only is Kaepernick being disrespectful to the flag, he's disregarding US Code 36-301, which sets the standards for how people should conduct themselves during the National Anthem," Wildmon relays.

That law says military are to stand at attention and salute, while civilians are to stand at attention with their hand over their heart. And as the AFA spokesman points out, it is not like the NFL has no control over its players.

"Back in '07, Brian Urlacher was at the Super Bowl. Brian Urlacher did a press conference … and wore the wrong hat, and he got fined $100,000," Wildmon recalls. "He wore the wrong hat! The NFL is a private organization … and they can regulate employee conduct however they would like."

So the AFA is asking everyone to pick up the phone and call the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"Every player that refuses to stand for the National Anthem, we are calling on the NFL to fine them," says Wildmon. "And when these players have to start writing checks on Monday morning to the NFL for not standing, they'll start standing."

Since the NFL is over the most popular game in America, the AFA believes it is only right that its players should reflect the values that make America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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