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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    This rates pretty low on my give a damn meter, but while I understand that one ought not to inject social or political commentary into your employer's image without prior approval, I also understand that the NFL and the St. Louis Rams are probably not interested in clamping down one way or the other on this issue unless a player advocates destruction of businesses and that sort.

    As such, I don't think the degree of disdain about the players' commentary is in line with reality.
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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    Nice attempt at deflection. Since someone doesn't protest everything they should protest nothing. Nice logic.
    No, its just shows their bias.

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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    My first Olympic memory. I was 6 and my parents bought our first color television so we could watch the Olympics. When it happened, I remember the look of horror on my parents' faces. I didn't understand it of course, but I do now, and I often wonder if Smith & Carlos still think that was a good idea.

    I do remember the controversy with Jim McMahon when he played for the Bears, and Pete Rozelle. I often think that was just McMahon being, well, McMahon.

    I love it when the NFK players use their stage in support of things, like breast cancer research, and when Victor Cruz wore the name of one of the small victims of Sandy Hook on his gloves and sneakers (I think it said "Jack Pinto my hero" or something like that). But maybe that needs to stop too? I don't know.

    I just know that intentional protests of anything not at all related to football are simply not a good idea.
    I think that support of charities is a good idea. Politics however is a very bad idea and will change the face of neutral competitive sports. It would be like players wearing patches for their favorite candidates and propositions and just nutty stuff. Naah, the NFL needs to act with finality on this one.
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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    No, its just shows their bias.

    Bias is like assholes, everyone has one.

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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    How silly. There record has nothing to do with this and you know it.
    No, what's silly is attempting to infuse a sporting event with politics. The NFL exists because the audience wants to watch football. If political statements are going to be allowed at games, watch the audience disappear, and the revenue stream that goes with it.

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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    No, what's silly is attempting to infuse a sporting event with politics. The NFL exists because the audience wants to watch football. If political statements are going to be allowed at games, watch the audience disappear, and the revenue stream that goes with it.
    Then bitch to the NFL about it, I'm sure they care.

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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by jet57 View Post
    I think that support of charities is a good idea. Politics however is a very bad idea and will change the face of neutral competitive sports. It would be like players wearing patches for their favorite candidates and propositions and just nutty stuff. Naah, the NFL needs to act with finality on this one.
    Excellent post and 100% agree.
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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    That is the point. I know of no rule which prohibited the players from running onto the field as they did.
    I think that you're right about the rules, but how about the rule of class and remembering where you are and what you're doing. There's no hard and fast rule about politics and the Oscars either, but look what happens when some winner stoops. They get booed and are pretty much sent packing. There is a time and place for everything: when the referees went on strike, the players kept their mouths shut on the field. Oh they argued calls, but that happens all the time. Off the field is another matter, and had those players or more called for the NFL to do something, or make a statement, I would have been behind those guys 100%.
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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    Bias is like assholes, everyone has one.
    sums it up well.

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    re: The St. Louis Rams’ ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Protest [W:256]

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    and yet the possibility that there is rather discredits the notion that their doing so is a right.
    you would first have to demonstrate that there is such a league or team prohibition and it was adopted with the agreement of the players association giving up any claimed right.
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