First, the anthem... now, the NFL targets church?

In 2016, when the NFL started allowing players to protest during the national anthem, it didn't sit well with millions of Americans. With the threat of more athletes "taking a knee," Hall of Fame player and coach Mike Ditka told TMZ Sports this past week:

"If you can't respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country."

Freedom-loving patriots who don't like to see players kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" probably won't like new NFL rules that reportedly target church attendance and other personal activities. NBC Sports says a new collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) by the league and the NFL Players Association is "a way to ensure that players will practice personal responsibility in a pandemic."

The CBA specifically prohibits players from attending "indoor church services that allow attendance above 25 percent of capacity." Several other indoor activities, events and locations are banned as well, including night clubs, bars (except to pickup food), house parties with 15 or more people, concerts and professional sporting events.

That last prohibition is especially ironic since four NFL teams play in closed-dome stadiums. Also, the report doesn't say whether attending protests is allowed. (We're guessing that'll be O.K. with the league.)

According to NBC Sports: "Players can be fined for violating these rules. Moreover, if they test positive [for COVID-19] after engaging in prohibited activities, they will not be paid for the games they miss. Also, future guarantees in their contracts would be voided."

For years now, many professional sports leagues have been trending toward political correctness and social activism. But seeing the NFL jump on the FEARDEMIC bandwagon with such harsh penalties for possibly catching a virus after GOING TO CHURCH is alarming and disappointing.

Forget the national anthem. If the NFL and the NFL Players Association actually implement this policy, it will force athletes to bow to tyranny and fear. Can you imagine any other private company demanding these kinds of restrictions for its employees and actually getting away with it?

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  • Arthur Orofino
    commented 2020-07-31 20:05:34 -0400
    The “BEST” message ive read in months. Thank you
  • Arthur Orofino
    commented 2020-07-31 20:02:15 -0400
    Thank you Mr. Mile Dikta could not have said it better SIR.
  • Arthur Orofino
    commented 2020-07-31 20:00:50 -0400
    Do you know it boils down to MONEY like always. Mostly African American players in the NFL and the head man does not want to hurt them.Said he made a mistake picking on the first Kneel er and said all can do what they want. Keep them happy so my money keeps flowing. Yes the head man NFL big man. Forget the Anthem do what you want dont let it slow my money down !!!!!!!
  • David Braddick
    commented 2020-07-31 09:56:19 -0400
    Read your article
    “The CBA specifically prohibits players from attending “indoor church services that allow attendance above 25 percent of capacity.” Several other indoor activities, events and locations are banned as well, including night clubs, bars (except to pick up food), house parties with 15 or more people, concerts and professional sporting events."
    I do online church and that is what they are encouraging and should. The statistics prove gathers/groups of any kind over 10 is what is causing the spread and we have to stop the spread 1st. Do not publish statements like your email states they are denying them church when they are not. The fines and loss of revenue need to be hefty, look MLB they have absolute mess because the Marlins went to bars in Atlanta. The virus is real and is spreads easily under certain conditions. I am patriot and respect the flag and the anthem, but the 1st amendment protects the right to kneel or whatever they choose to do protest about something. We have to give them that right. Do not be a right wing zealot, it hurts the conservative cause and will not help Trump get reelected.