Make football about football
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The political atmosphere of the NFL has brought great controversy where there should be none. Players in uniform are continually making political statements, which is their right, but should not be while representing their team. In doing so, they are telling the world that their professional football team stands behind any politically charged statement they may be making while in their uniform. Plain and simple, these athletes are specialized entertainers who need to realize their duty and the accompanying limitations.
Members of the Armed Services adhere to the same guidelines when wearing their uniform. The same standards are put out across each branch, and since I am most familiar with the Army’s regulations, I will provide their doctrine for reference.
AR 670-1 chapter 3-7 section K (31 March 2014 Edition)
“3–7. Required or prohibited wearing of the Army uniform
k. Wearing Army uniforms is prohibited in the following situations:
(1) In connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in off-duty civilian employment.
(2) When participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies, or public demonstrations, except as authorized by the first O–5 in the chain of command.
(3) When attending any meeting or event that is a function of, or is sponsored by, an extremist organization. (4) When wearing the uniform would bring discredit upon the Army, as determined by the Commander.
(5) When specifically prohibited by Army regulations.”
The purpose of this petition is simple: keep football about football. Players are entitled to their own ideals, but not when wearing anything VISIBLY indicating which team they are representing (hats, socks, shoes, uniforms, tattoos, etc.) to include team-sponsored official activities (games, practice, draft day, etc). Violations of these guidelines would be subject to fines/suspensions as deemed appropriate by the proper entities for violation of official rules, therefore providing a basis for discipline in regards to bringing political demonstrations into the workplace (something the average working American does not have the freedom to do, which our privileged players have taken for granted)
We all love this game, but it needs to remain pure and untainted. Thanks and Gig ‘em
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