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You know what really grinds my gears? Self-righteous, politically correct people discrediting others in an effort to censor or take away the 1st Amendment rights of other American citizens.
No, this rant isn’t about my recent sabbatical from the Journal. Professional athletics is what got my attention, but my tirade can apply for just about any incident happening in America.2018.
A recent article reports the National Football League has ordered Jerry Jones, of the Dallas Cowboys, to stop talking about the National Anthem matter. You might recall there is an ongoing issue where athletes are kneeling in a personal protest during the Anthem, causing a rift throughout the country. In response, Mr. Jones made it a policy when playing football on his team, the player would stand during the Anthem.
Mr. Jones holds the Dallas Cowboys franchise. His total player compensation will be in excess of $178 million this year. As Mr. Jones owns the team and is paying players generous wages, it should be within his right to instruct team personnel to stand for the Anthem while on his (and our) time. Mr. Jones understands that players protesting is bad for his business.
This directive irked some folks and the media used the opportunity to stir the pot. When one stirs the pot, it becomes odiferous, and sells news. Now the NFL has ordered Mr. Jones to keep quiet. One would think it’s his team and prerogative to set policy. Don’t like it – then don’t play there or watch the team. Is it within the rights of others to confiscate Jones’ 1st Amendment right or to run his company? Tragically, in today’s PC society we seem to have come to accept this.
There is also the case of Sean Newcomb, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. The twenty-five-year old got within one out of tossing a no-hitter, a major achievement in baseball. Rather than bask in the glory of a great accomplishment, or agonizing over how close he got, the young man was hounded by the media because he used “offensive” language on Twitter…when he was eighteen-years-old.
A few thoughts have gone through my mind…
Who was the troll digging back years on professional athletes, or anybody for that matter, in order to stir trouble? Has said troll ever done or said anything offensive in his/her life, or are they the second coming of Jesus Christ?
Why is this a story in USA Today? It happened seven years ago, and like it or not, Mr. Newcomb has a right to say whatever he wants – even if it is stupid or insensitive - it is his 1st Amendment right. If there is someone offended by it, then it is their prerogative to ague, shun, sue, or, I suppose, even hit Newcomb in the mouth. It’s also the right of USA Today journalist not to watch Newcomb pitch, or even boycott the Braves. However, nobody has the right to control Newcomb’s thoughts or mouth.
Does it make a seasoned reporter feel good to take down a young man who made some youthful indiscretions? Now Newcomb will have to take diversity training…for something insensitive he said seven years ago! He was a teenager. Most of us would be in prison if we were thrown in jail for saying something stupid in our youth.
Furthermore – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner also had tweets dug up from seven years ago and have had to apologize and attend diversity training. Interestingly, the ballplayer’s apologies seemed to be in a canned format, indicating to me the M LB is coaching them, hoping everyone will hold hands and sing kumbaya, so MLB can get back to the business of raking in billions of dollars.
There were no acts of contrition forced after the court-jester’s attack on Sarah Sanders at the White House correspondent’s dinner. Instead of an apology and sensitivity training, she used the event as a springboard for her career.
It was also certainly acceptable by the media and liberals in general when a restaurant owner kicked Ms. Sanders out of her beanery. Despicable, but she did own the place. How is that different than Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys business?
Or how about Obama’s Reverend Jeremiah Wright of “g..damn America” fame? Remember him? Other than being shunned by Obama, there wasn’t much outcry from the media then.
How is it rappers can say whatever they want, but that right is not extended to the rest of us? Nobody seems to escape the crosshairs of any self-respecting rapper.
Not sure which is more infuriating, the double standard or the suppression of Rights, but I know I am offended.